Researching and Writing 2009 / Edition 1

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Brief and inexpensive — yet remarkably thorough — this guide to the research process is ideal for any course that requires source-based writing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312607562
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 6/19/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 659,858
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

MARCIA F. MUTH teaches, writes, and edits. She has taught first-year composition at The Ohio State University and now offers writing workshops through the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Denver. She is the author or co-author of several composition textbooks and ancillaries, including The Bedford Guide for College Writers, Seventh Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005) and Harold D. Lasswell: An Annotated Bibliography. Her various projects as a writer and editor have included many grant proposals, textbooks, reports, and other publications.

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Table of Contents


1. Defining Your Quest
Understanding the Purpose of Research
Defining Your Quest
Planning Your Project

2. Managing Your Research Project
Generating Ideas and Forming a Research Question
Organizing Your Project

3. Finding Sources in the Library
Searching for Reliable Sources
Using the Online Catalog
Searching Databases: Periodical Indexes and Bibliographies
Consulting Reference Materials
Locating Special Materials
Selecting Relevant and Reliable Sources

4. Finding Sources on the Internet
Using the Internet for Research
Conducting Advanced Electronic Searches
Finding Specialized Online Materials

5. Finding Sources in the Field
Gathering Information in the Field
Corresponding with Others
Attending Public and Online Events

6. Evaluating Sources
Evaluating Possible Sources
Evaluating Library and Internet Sources
Evaluating Field Sources
Reconsidering Your Purpose and Your Thesis

7. Drawing Information from Sources
Reading for Information and Supporting Evidence
Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing in Your Notes

8. Capturing Source Material in Your Paper
Launching Source Material in Your Paper
Citing Source Material in Your Paper

9. Avoiding Plagiarism
Conducting Research and Writing with Integrity
Acknowledging the Thoughts and Words of Sources
Crediting Sources Fairly and Accurately

10. Writing Your Research Paper
Planning and Drafting
Revising and Editing

11. Crediting Your Sources
Deciding What to Credit
Citing Sources in Your Text
Listing Sources at the End

12. Using MLA Style
Understanding MLA Style
Citing Sources: MLA Style
Listing Sources: MLA Style
A Sample Research Paper in MLA Style

13. Using APA Style
Understanding APA Style
Citing Sources: APA Style
Listing Sources: APA Style
A Sample Research Paper in APA Style

14. Using Chicago Style
Understanding Chicago Style
Citing Sources: Chicago Style
Listing Sources: Chicago Style
A Sample Research Paper in Chicago Style

15. Using CSE Style
Understanding Scientific Style
Citing Sources: CSE Style
Listing Sources: CSE Style
A Sample Research Paper in CSE Style


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