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Research writing, especially in our electronic age, is one of the most challenging and potentially daunting tasks people undertake. In addition to learning how to work with abundant resources, researchers must negotiate many voices, seek out expertise in many forms and places, and use sophisticated electronic research tools with confidence. Luckily, this book is here to help. Written through the collaboration of a librarian, classroom teacher and a rhetoric scholar, this book guides readers through the research process and the role of cyberspace in a user-friendly way. It treats research as a process beginning with invention and exploration, and integrates current technology, research methods, and evaluation of sources to help readers construct cohesive and responsible research papers. The book covers both APA and MLA styles of documentation, with sample papers in each style, and treats both library and electronic research techniques as integral steps in the process. Also included are observation and interview research, real-life scenarios and ways to help the researcher/writer find his or her own voice. Anyone who needs to conduct research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205262113
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/29/1998
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: SPIRAL
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 6.53 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents



1. Starting Points.
Student Voices: On Beginning the Research Paper.
The Teacher and the Librarian Respond.
Student Scenarios.
Response Activity: The Research Paper Assignment.
Group Activity: Comparing Responses.
Writing Activity: Looking at Student Scenarios.

2. Discovering Multiple Perspectives: Self and Community.
Multiple Perspectives.
Writing Activity: Responding to a Visual.
Group Response Activity: Sharing Perceptions.
Writing Activity: Responding to a Poem.
Group Response Activity: Exchanging Viewpoints.
The Electronic Community.
Writing Activity: Computer Technology.
E-mail as a Way of Communicating.
Writing Activity: Getting Started and E-mail.
Student Samples.

3. Observation Research.
Case Study: The Collision.
Group Activity: Role Playing and Recording Details.
Case Studies.
Group Discussion Activity: Comparing Notes.
Into the Community: Sharing Information.
Group Writing Activity: The News Reporter's Story.
Research Activity: Using Observation.
Quoting and Paraphrasing: Conveying Information.
Writing Activity: Evaluating Paraphrase.
Writing Activity: Creating Your Own Paraphrase.
Group Discussion Activity: Comparing Paraphrases.
Group Writing Activity: Distorting Information.

4. Interview Research.
The Journalist's Approach.
Interview Research and Its Uses.
Varieties of Interview Research: Four Scenarios.
Interview Research:Professional Uses.
Electronic Interviewing.
Group Research Activity: Learning to Network.
Writing Activity: Focusing the Interview.
Designing Interviewing Questions.
Conducting the Interview.
Writing the Interview Report.
Quotation Etiquette.
Paraphrasing Sentences.

5. Working with Written and Electronic Texts.
Reading a Cultural Context.
Writing Activity: Interpreting a Children's Text.
Browsing as a Form of Observing.
Writing Activity: Researching the Library.
Research Activity: Comparing Written and Electronic Texts.
Active Reading: Responding to Essays.
Writing Activity: Working with Essays.
Writing Activity: Summarizing an Article or an Essay.
Group Writing Activity: Evaluating Summaries.

6. Discovering a Topic.
Student Scenarios.
Writing Activity: Exploring a Topic of Interest.
Writing Activity: Library and Technological Anxieties.
The Librarian's Response.

7. Exploring Your Topic in the Library.
The Nature of the Research Process: Student Response.
The Nature of the Research Process: The Librarian Responds.
Using the Library for Exploration.
The Reference Collection.
Using the Library Catalog.
Using Periodical Indexes for Exploration.
Alternative Exploration.
Locating an Article in the Library.
Citing Information.
Writing Activity: Examining Format.
Writing Activity: MLA Format for Articles.
The Importance of Abstracting.
Research/Writing Activity: Locating and Summarizing an Article.
Research Worksheet: Exploring Your Topic Using Library Resources.

8. Finding a Focus and Crafting a Proposal.
Writing Activity: Freewriting to Find a Topic.
Group Activity: Getting Feedback.
Writing Activity: Beginning the Proposal.
Sample Proposals.
Writing Activity: The Three-Part Proposal.

9. Directed Searching in the Library.
From Three-Part Proposal to Search Strategy.
The Search Process.
Research Activity: Beginning the Research Log.

10. Working with Sources.
Double-Entry Logs.
Computer Disk Logs.
Using the Journalist's Questions to Analyze a Text.
Recording Bibliographic Information.

11. Preparing the Annotated Bibliography.
Evaluating and Selecting Sources.
The Annotated Bibliography.
Writing Activity: Preparing an Annotated Bibliography.
Anne's Annotated Bibliography.
Writing Activity: Critiquing the Annotated Bibliography.
Follow-Up Scenario: Avoiding Problems.
Model Works Cited Formats (MLA and APA).
Commonly Used Citation Formats.
Additional Style Formats.

12. Determining Audience, Purpose, and Rhetorical Strategy.
Determining Your Audience.
Writing Activity: Discovering Audience.
Group Activity: Responding to Readers.
Discovering a Purpose.
Translating Purpose to Writing Strategy.
Using Writing Strategies.
Scenario: Michael's Writing Process.

13. Drafting the Essay.
Preparing the First Draft.
Integrating Sources.
Formats for Parenthetical Citations.
Group Activity: Responding to the First Draft.
Manuscript Preparation and Final Source Check.
Style and Usage Guidelines.

14. The Final Presentation.
Manuscript Format.
Student Models.


Appendix: Selected Reference Sources.


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