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Overview

Widely used by professionals and students since its first appearance thirty-five years ago, The Modern Researcher is the classic introduction to the techniques of research and effective writing and speaking. Now completely revised and brought up to date to reflect changes in technology and current developments in our culture, this landmark work is indispensable guide for all who write or edit, do research and report on it. The Modern Researcher is three manuals in one. First, is shows in detail how to gather information, judge its value, verify its accuracy, and sort it for communication in written or oral form. Second, it gives instruction in effective, jargon-free writing. Third, it describes the techniques of speaking and publishing. There is a wealth of information on such topics as how to criticize your own work; how to handle audiences, seminars, and committees; and how to make the most of your work time. Both the tricks of the trade and the rationale of professional standards are explained in detail. An abundance of examples from history, literature, and contemporary culture makes for lively and memorable reading. This new edition is a pleasure to return to time and again - an invaluable work for the modern and postmodern researcher.

Comprehensive reference to the research process & the presentation of findings.

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Editorial Reviews

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**** Revised and updated edition (4th was in 1985) of the classic introduction to the techniques of research and effective writing and speaking, cited in BCL3 and Sheehy. Also a great pleasure to read. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780155625136
  • Publisher: Harcourt College Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1992
  • Edition description: 5th
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 409
  • Product dimensions: 5.65 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

The two authors of this book have had their professional career in history, JACQUES BARZUN in Modern Cultural, HENRY F. GRAFF in American Political and Diplomatic, both at Colombia University. They first collaborated in creating the course in historical method required of all first-year graduate students, and the material for it was and remains the core of The Modern Researcher. Both scholars have published widely in periodicals of specialist and general interest and each has a list of influential books to his credit. Jacques Barzun's latest is From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural History. A summing up of his lifelong studies, it stayed on the best-seller list for weeks in 2000. Henry Graff's latest—almost simultaneous-are a third edition of his classic compendium The Presidents: A Reference History and Grover Cleveland, a biography.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Sixth Edition
Acknowledgments
List of Figures
Pt. I Principles and Methods of Research
1 Research and Report: Characteristics 3
2 The ABC of Technique 15
3 Finding the Facts 37
4 Verification 67
5 Handling Ideas 101
6 Truth, Causes, and Conditions 117
7 Pattern, Bias, and Revisionism 149
Pt. II Writing, Speaking and Publishing
8 Organizing: Paragraph, Chapter, and Part 169
9 Plain Words: The War on Jargon and Cliches 193
10 Clear Sentences: Emphasis, Tone, and Rhythm 211
11 The Arts of Quoting and Translating 235
12 The Rules of Citing: Footnotes and Bibliography 257
13 Revising for Printer and Public 275
14 Modes of Presentation 293
A Few More Recommendations 309
InfoTrac College Edition Terms 311
Index 313
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