Overview

     There are proper ways to research a paper...and there are the ways most students do it: laboriously, tediously, and inefficiently. Here are the techniques and shortcuts that the pros use. They will enable students to find their way to the best resources for their own projects.
     From preparing the preliminary outline, work file, and bibiliography, Research Shortcuts proceeds to using the appropriate resource guides, as well as modern aids to research. It also ...

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Research Shortcuts

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Overview

     There are proper ways to research a paper...and there are the ways most students do it: laboriously, tediously, and inefficiently. Here are the techniques and shortcuts that the pros use. They will enable students to find their way to the best resources for their own projects.
     From preparing the preliminary outline, work file, and bibiliography, Research Shortcuts proceeds to using the appropriate resource guides, as well as modern aids to research. It also discusses shortcuts that reach the experts: writing letters that get questions answered, and making face-to-face (or telephone) interviews pay off.
     A final section is devoted to using the research data: first drafts, choosing specific quotes wisely, paraphrasing, and final drafts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299191634
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 10/27/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 116
  • File size: 438 KB

Meet the Author

Judi Kesselman-Turkel and Franklynn Peterson write and publish the newsletter CPA Computer Report. They have written hundreds of articles and more than twenty books including The Author’s Handbook, Good Writing, and The Magazine Writer’s Handbook. They live in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS Introduction PART I: MAPPING YOUR ROUTE: SHORTCUTS TO TAKE BEFORE YOU GO ANYWHERE 1. Decide Who You're Researching For 2. Make Sure You Know What Your Topic Is 3. Isolate the Purpose of Your Research 4. Keep Your Topic's Time Requirements under Control 5. Pick Out the Correct Working Title 6. Prepare a Preliminary Outline 7. Turn Your Research Needs into Precise Questions 8. Determine What Kind of Answers You Need 9. Decide Whether Your Answers Should Come from Secondary or Primary Sources PART II: PACKING YOUR GEAR: SHORTCUTS THAT MAKE RESEARCH-GATHERING EASY 10. Prepare a Work File 11. Keep a Bibliography as You Go 12. Key Your Notes for Easy Access 13. Take Adequate Notes 14. Keep Your Notes Legible and Segmented PART III: TRAVELING THE ROAD: SHORTCUTS FOR SELECTING THE RIGHT RESOURCE CENTER 15. Head for the Right Library 16. Learn the Library's Book Storage System 17. Find the Storage Places for Periodicals 18. Discover Where Pamphlets, Clippings, and Nonprinted Resources Are Stored 19. Use the Most Specific Resource Guides First 20. Skim the Front Matter Before You Use a Reference Guide 21. Make Wise Use of Modern Aids to Research 22. Ask the Librarian 23. Research to Fit the Rule of Three 24. Stick to Dependable Sources 25. Skim for Your Answers 26. Find Leads to Literature from Groups with Causes PART IV: GETTING INTO UNEXPLORED TERRITORY: SHORTCUTS THAT REACH THE EXPERTS 27. Write Letters That Get Your Questions Answered 28. Make Face-to-Face Interviews Pay Off 29. Use the Telephone or E-mail 30. Become Your Own Expert PART V: ROADMAP FOR A GRADE-A PAPER: USING YOUR RESEARCH MATERIALS 31. Rethink Before You Write 32. Zip Through Your First Draft 33. Choose the Best Specifics in Your File 34. Quote Wisely 35. Paraphrase Carefully 36. Know the Fine Line between Fair Use and Plagiarism 37. Fiddle with Your First Draft 38. Print a First-Class Final Draft
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