Writing, Reading, and Research

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Writing, Reading, and Research is a lively, readable, and teachable text. It integrates instruction in college research with the writing and reading skills that are the cornerstone of a college education. This fourth edition offers new end-of-chapter readings, with a continued emphasis on cross-disciplinary and multicultural topics; gives increased attention to peer editing, journal writing, and collaborative inquiry; introduces students to the latest electronic research tools; and includes 1995 MLA documentation...
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Overview

Writing, Reading, and Research is a lively, readable, and teachable text. It integrates instruction in college research with the writing and reading skills that are the cornerstone of a college education. This fourth edition offers new end-of-chapter readings, with a continued emphasis on cross-disciplinary and multicultural topics; gives increased attention to peer editing, journal writing, and collaborative inquiry; introduces students to the latest electronic research tools; and includes 1995 MLA documentation guidelines.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780024229113
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 11/28/1989
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544

Table of Contents

I. WRITING, READING, AND RESEARCH.

1. Introduction to Writing, Reading, and Research.
Writing.
Writing Habits and Strategies
* Audience and Purpose
* Prewriting
* The First Draft
* Peer Review
* Rewriting
* Editing and Proofreading
* Discovering Your Own Writing "Rules"
* Word Processing.
Reading.
Interpreting Reading
* Responding to Reading
* Reading Response Groups
* Free-Writing
* Group Work.
Research.

Reading Selection: Precious Dangers, Melissa Holbrook Pierson.
About the Rest of This Book.

2. Strategies for Reading.
Interpretation.
Context.
Strategies for Understanding.
Prereading Strategies
* Sources of Information
* Textual Clues
* Transitions
* Reading with a Pencil
* Annotating and Underlining for Recall
* Annotating to Stimulate Response
* Keeping a Reading Journal.

Reading Selection: Meat Viewed as Staple of Chimp Diet and Mores, Verne C. Kopytoff.

3. Writing a Paraphrase.
Paraphrase as a Reading Strategy.
Using Paraphrase in Writing.
Paraphrasing for a Different Audience
* Paraphrasing an Argument
* Paraphrasing in Research Papers.
Guidelines for Effective Paraphrasing.

Reading Selection: Melatonin, Geoffrey Cowley.

4. Reading for the Main Idea.
General and Specific Statements.
Deductive and Inductive Organization.
Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences.
Identifying Topic Sentences.
Restating the Main Idea.
Paragraphs with Implied Main Ideas
* Discovering Implications.
A Further Comment on Paragraphs.

Reading Selection: Maybe. Maybe Not, Annette Kornblum.

5. Writing a Summary.
Summary and Paraphrase.
Writing Summaries.
A Process for Summarizing Longer Passages.
Uses of Summary.
Summarizing an Argument
* Summarizing in Research Papers.
Guidelines for Effective Summarizing.

Reading Selection: Against All Odds, Ron Suskind.

6. Synthesizing Sources: Writing a Summary Report.
Writing a Brief Summary Report.
Writing an Objective Report on Sources.
Acknowledging Sources — The Obligation of Scholarship.
The List of Works Cited
* Parenthetical Notes.

Reading Selections: Talk Radio or Hate Radio? Critics Assail Some Hosts, Timothy Egan
* Toxic Speech, Jonathan Alter
* In Defense of Prejudice: Why Incendiary Speech Must Be Protected, Jonathan Rauch.

7. Analytical Reading and Writing.
Analyzing the Parts.
Purpose
* Audience
* Main Idea
* Development
* Organization and Coherence.
Writing a Brief Reading Analysis.

Reading Selection: Family Resemblances, Jennifer Nathanson.

8. Beginning a Research Project.
The Research Paper.
Primary and Secondary Research.
Benefits of Doing Research.
Learning an Essential Skill
* Contributing to Scholarship
* Gaining Personal Knowledge.
The Research Process.
A Research Assignment.
The Finished Product.
A Sample Standard Research Paper
* A Sample Personal Research Paper.
Your Research Schedule: Planning in Advance.
The Benefits of Word Processing.
A Research Notebook.
Your Research Topic.
Generating Idea.
Brainstorming
* Developing an Idea: Clustering.

9. Tools for Finding Sources.
Beginning Your Research.
Your Campus Library.
Electronic Resources.
Networks.
Using Your Library's Research Tools.
Using Your Library's OPAC
* Searching Library Holdings
* Encyclopedias and Other General Reference Works.
Finding Articles: Magazines, Journals, and Newspapers.
Locating Periodicals
* Microfilms
* Library Vandalism — A Crime Against Scholarship.
Using Electronic Databases.
InfoTrac Databases
* NewsBank Databases
* ERIC
* GPO and Other CD- ROM Databases.
Internet Resources.
World Wide Web Files
* Finding Other Internet Resources.
The Reference Librarian — The Most Resourceful Resource.

10. Finding Sources Outside the Library: Conducting Interviews and Writing Letters.
Interviewing Sources.
Arranging the Interview
* Conducting the Interview.
Writing for Information.
Still Other Sources.

11. Putting Your Sources to Work.
A Research Prospectus.
The Working Bibliography.
Using Your Written Sources.
Reading Your Sources
* Evaluating Your Sources
* Narrowing Your Paper's Focus
* Formulating and Refining a Plan
* Taking Notes on Note Cards.
Avoiding Plagiarism.

12. Reporting on Sources: Paraphrase and Quotation.
The Conventions of Reporting.
Options for Presenting Sources.
Acknowledging Sources.
Relying on Experts.
Paraphrasing Sources.
Quoting Sources.
Punctuating Quotations
* Altering Questions.
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase.
A Further Note on Plagiarism.
Practice with Using Sources.
Writing a Brief Objective Research Essay
* Writing a Brief Subjective Research Essay.

13. Writing and Revising the Research Paper.
Getting Organized.
Formulating a Thesis Statement
* Sorting Your Note Cards
* Updating Your Outline.
Writing the First Good Draft.
Research Writing: General Guidelines
* Some Practical Writing Tips
* Getting Started
* Writing the Opening
* Writing the Conclusion
* Giving Your Paper a Title.
Editing and Revising.
Reworking Your Paper
* Checklist for Editing and Revising
* Getting Advice from Other Readers.
Typing and Proofreading Your Polished Draft.

14. Argument: Reading, Writing, and Research.
Emotional Appeal.
Logical Argument.
Balanced, Credible Argument.
Informal Analysis of Arguments.
Writing a Critique of an Argument.
A Sample Argumentative Research Paper.

II. RESEARCH PAPER REFERENCE HANDBOOK.

A. List of Works Cited (MLA Format).
Bibliographic Formats.
General Guidelines — MLA Format.
Citing Electronic Sources.
Model Entries — MLA Format.
Sources in Books
* Sources in Periodicals and Newspapers
* Other Sources.

B. Parenthetical Notes (MLA Format).
Types of Notes.
Parenthetical Notes.
Some Special Cases
* When Are Notes Needed?
* How Many Notes Are Enough?
* How Much Material Can One Note "Cover"?
Information Footnotes.

C. Research Paper Format (MLA Style).
Format for Your Polished Draft.
Format for Computer-Printed or Typed Papers
* Format for Handwritten Papers.
A Formal Outline.
Standard Numbering System
* Decimal System
* Topic and Sentence Outlines.

D. Footnotes and Endnotes (Alternative MLA Style).
Sample Footnotes and Endnotes.
Sources in Books
* Sources in Periodicals and Newspapers
* Other Sources.

E. APA Format.
Formats Other Than MLA.
APA Style.
APA Bibliographic Citations (Reference List)
* Model Entries
* Notes in APA Style
* Sample Pages in APA Style.

F. Format Featuring Numbered References.

Index.

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