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Overview

This manual offers practical advice on the fundamentals of research to college and university students in all fields of study. The Craft of Research teaches much more than the mechanics of fact gathering: it explains how to approach a research project as an analytical process. The authors chart every stage of research, from finding a topic and generating research questions about it to marshalling evidence, constructing arguments, and writing everything up in a final report that is a model of authority. Their advice is designed for use by both beginners and seasoned practitioners, and for projects from class papers to dissertations.

This book is organized into four parts. Part One is a spirited introduction to the distinctive nature, values, and protocols of research. Part Two demystifies the art of discovering a topic. It outlines a wide range of sources, among them personal interests and passions. Parts Three and Four cover the essentials of argument—how to make a claim and support it—and ways to outline, draft, revise, rewrite, and polish the final report. Part Three is a short course in the logic, structure, uses, and common pitfalls of argumentation. The writing chapters in Part Four show how to present verbal and visual information effectively and how to shape sentences and paragraphs that communicate with power and precision.

"A well-constructed, articulate reminder of how important fundamental questions of style and approach, such as clarity and precision, are to all research."—Times Literary Supplement

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Times Supplement
A well constructed, articulate reminder of how important fundamental questions of style and approach, such as clarity and precision, are to all research.
Paul Signorelli
"An easy-to-read guide with helpful hints for almost anyone who puts words on paper. It reflects the authors' love of writing and their respect for readers." -- San Francisco Bay Guardian
Supplement Times Literary
"A well constructed, articulate reminder of how important fundamental questiions of style and approach, such as clarity and precision, are all research."
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Meet the Author

Gregory G. Colomb (1951–2011) was professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of Designs on Truth: The Poetics of the Augustan Mock-Epic. He is coauthor, with Wayne C. Booth and Joseph M. Williams, of the best-selling guide The Craft of Research, published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1: Thinking in Print: The Uses of Research, Public and Private
2: Connecting with Your Reader: (Re)Creating Your Self and Your Audience
3: From Topics to Questions
4: From Questions to Problems
5: From Questions to Sources
6: Using Sources
7: Making Good Arguments: An Overview
8: Claims and Evidence
9: Warrants
10: Qualifications
11: Pre-Drafting and Drafting
12: Communicating Evidence Visually
13: Revising Your Organization and Argument
14: Revising Style: Telling Your Story Clearly
15: Introductions Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    Wonderfully useful and readable

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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