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Shows how to select a topic/creating a research agenda/ the essentials of argument/how to outline the final report.
PROBLEM: You need a new head gasket for a '65 Mustang.
RESEARCH: You call auto parts stores or get on the Internet to see who has one in stock.
PROBLEM: You want to know where Michael Jordan was born.
RESEARCH: You go to the library and look in a biographical dictionary. Or you call up Google.com and then sort through the 410,000+ references to him.
PROBLEM: You want to learn more about a discovery of a new species of tropical fish.
RESEARCH: You search the Internet for articles in newspapers or magazines.Though we all do that kind of research, we don't all write it up. But we do rely on those who did: the auto parts suppliers, Jordan's biographers, and the fish discoverers--all wrote up the results of their research because they anticipated that one day someone would have a question that their data would answer.
Excerpted from The Craft of Research by Joseph M. Williams Copyright © 2003 by Joseph M. Williams. Excerpted by permission.
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|I||Research, Researchers, and Readers||1|
|Prologue: Starting a Research Project||3|
|1||Thinking in Print: The Uses of Research, Public and Private||9|
|2||Connecting with Your Reader: (Re)Creating Your Self and Your Audience||17|
|Quick Tip: A Checklist for Understanding Your Readers||32|
|II||Asking Questions, Finding Answers||35|
|Prologue: Planning Your Project||37|
|3||From Topics to Questions||40|
|Quick Tip: Finding Topics||53|
|4||From Questions to Problems||56|
|Quick Tip: Disagreeing with Your Sources||72|
|5||From Problems to Sources||75|
|Quick Tip: Speedy Reading||106|
|III||Making a Claim and Supporting It||109|
|Prologue: Pulling Together Your Argument||111|
|7||Making Good Arguments: An Overview||114|
|Quick Tip: Designing Arguments Not for Yourself but for Your Readers: Two Common Pitfalls||124|
|Quick Tip: Qualifying Claims to Enhance Your Credibility||135|
|9||Reasons and Evidence||138|
|Quick Tip: Showing the Relevance of Evidence||149|
|10||Acknowledgments and Responses||151|
|Quick Tip: The Vocabulary of Acknowledgment and Response||161|
|Quick Tip: Some Strategies for Challenging Warrants||179|
|IV||Preparing to Draft, Drafting, and Revising||183|
|Prologue: Planning Again||185|
|Quick Tip: Outlining||187|
|12||Planning and Drafting||189|
|Quick Tip: Using Quotation and Paraphrase||205|
|13||Revising Your Organization and Argument||208|
|Quick Tip: Titles and Abstracts||219|
|14||Introductions and Conclusions||222|
|Quick Tip: Opening and Closing Words||238|
|15||Communicating Evidence Visually||241|
|16||Revising Style: Telling Your Story Clearly||263|
|Quick Tip: The Quickest Revision||281|
|V||Some Last Considerations||283|
|The Ethics of Research||285|
|A Postscript for Teachers||289|
|An Appendix on Finding Sources||297|
|A Note on Some of Our Sources||317|
Posted February 23, 2005
My comments match those of the publisher's. I'd give it more stars if it had specific exercises on which to practice dissecting arguments and critiquing them. This would help me learn more thoroughly.
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