Research: The Student's Guide to Writing Research Papers / Edition 3

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Today's researchers are often overwhelmed with the thought of writing a "proper" research paper. Style, format, and proper documentation conventions are a continuous concern for the writer. This book will help put a writer's mind at ease. Unlike most comparable books, this one leads with sample research papers, giving the readers a clear understanding of the final goal as they progress through the process. The entire research and writing processes are covered step-by-step, from initial invention to final copyediting. New material includes sample MLA-style papers, a revision of the library chapter, and more. Writers-experienced and emerging.

Incl. selecting a research topic; tools for finding sources, interviews & correspondence; reporting etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205318827
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 10/12/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

To the Instructor.

1. Introduction: What Is Research?
Doing Research.
The Research Paper.
Primary and Secondary Research.
Benefits of Doing Research.

2. Two Sample Research Papers.
The Research Process.
A Research Assignment.
The Finished Product.

3. Selecting a Research Topic.
Your Research Schedule: Planning in Advance.
The Benefits of Word Processing.
A Research Notebook.
Your Research Topic.
Generating Ideas.

4. Tools for Finding Sources.
Beginning Your Research.
Your Campus Library.
Electronic Resources.
Using Your Library's Research Tools.
Finding Articles: Magazines, Journals, and Newspapers.
Using Electronic Databases.
Internet Resources.
The Reference Librarian — The Most Resourceful Resource.

5. Finding Sources Outside the Library: Conducting Interviews and Writing Letters.
Interviewing Sources.
Writing for Information.
Still Other Sources.

6. Assembling a Prospectus and a Working Bibliography.
A Research Prospectus.
The Working Bibliography.
Bibliographic Formats.
General Guidelines — MLA Format.
Model Entries — MLA Format.

7. Putting Your Sources to Work: Reading and Taking Notes.
Using Your Written Sources.
Avoiding Plagiarism.

8. Reporting on Sources: Paraphrase and Quotation.
The Conventions of Reporting.
Options for Presenting Sources.
Acknowledging Sources.
Relying on Experts.
Paraphrasing Sources.
Quoting Sources.
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase.
A Further Note on Plagiarism.

9. Using Parenthetical Notes.
Types of Notes.
Parenthetical Notes.
Information Footnotes.

10. Writing and Revising the Research Paper.
Getting Organized.
Writing the First Good Draft.
Editing and Revising.

11. Producing and Proofreading Your Polished Draft.
Format for Your Polished Draft.
A Formal Outline.
And, Finally, Proofreading the Finished Product.

A: Other Citation Formats: APA Style and Numbered References.
B: Footnotes and Endnotes.


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