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Writing, Reading, and Research thoroughly covers analytical reading, paraphrasing, summarizing, and synthesizing —skills essential for developing a research paper. Each stage of the process is illustrated with examples of student and professional writing. Unlike comparable books, Writing, Reading, and Research leads off with two sample student papers in the early chapters, giving students a clear idea of the final goal as they progress through each step of the research and writing process. Includes everything one needs to know in the areas of library and internet research, using both primary and secondary sources, MLA and APA styles of documentation, evaluating sources and integrating them appropriately in a paper. For anyone needing a reference geared to writing researched papers or composing documents that are derived from sources that need to be cited and documented.
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Editorial Reviews

This undergraduate text views the three activities of the title as closely and symbiotically linked in a process that is central to a college education. New to this edition is a thorough introduction to computer-related resources, including ways to find sources electronically and to access sources that are themselves electronic. Citation information has been updated to include electronic texts and reflect changes in the latest edition of . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"This text covers the full process of doing research and writing a research paper, including documentation. It is thorough and comprehensive."

"The authors have done a wonderful job of organizing the text to accomplish its purposes. After an introductory chapter that covers the book's three themes: reading, writing, and research, the authors wisely focus several chapters on reading. Students need this instruction, yet, too often, they can feel patronized by instructors' attempts to train them. Veit and Gould do not fall into this trap. Rather, they clearly explain the need to read well, a process to do so, and strategies for improving analytic reading, something all students will profit from."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618918331
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/12/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Veit (Ph.D and MA from University of Iowa) is a full professor in the University of North Carolina's English Department where he as taught for many years. He is also the author of DISCOVERING ENGLISH GRAMMAR, 2nd Edition (Longman, 1999); RESEARCH: THE STUDENT'S GUIDE TO WRITING RESEARCH PAPERS , 4th Edition (Longman, 2004); and THE LITTLE WRITING BOOK (Prentice Hall, 1982).

Christopher Gould (Ph.D and MA from University of South Carolina) is also a long-time professor at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where he is currently Director of the Center for Faculty Leadership. He has also authored CRITICAL ISSUES ON CONTEMPORARY CULTURE (Longman, 1986).

Kathleen Gould (B.A, M.Ed from Southwestern Oklahoma University) retired at the end of 2011 from teaching. She taught for 25 years at UNC Wilmington, first as a part time instructor and then as a full-time lecturer. She used every edition of Writing, Reading and Research in teaching her composition courses and considers herself, of all of the credited authors, the expert on how to use the book effectively. Her most recent publication prior to this edition of the textbook was an article in Teaching English in the Two-Year College, in fall 2008.

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Table of Contents

To the Instructor xi
Part I Writing, Reading, and Research 1
1 Introduction to Writing, Reading, and Research 3
Writing 4
Writing Habits and Strategies 5
Audience and Purpose 8
Prewriting 15
The First Draft 20
Peer Review 27
Rewriting 28
Editing and Proofreading 30
Discovering Your Own Writing Rules 30
Reading 31
Interpreting Reading 31
Responding to Reading 34
Reading Response Groups 37
Freewriting 37
Research 44
Reading Selection: "The Holly Pageant," 46
Freewriting 50
Group Work 51
Review Questions 51
Discussion Questions 51
Writing 51
About the Rest of This Book 52
2 Strategies for Reading 53
Interpretation 53
Context 55
Strategies for Understanding 57
Prereading Strategies 58
Sources of Information 58
Textual Clues 62
Transitions 64
Reading with a Pencil 66
Annotating and Underlining for Recall 67
Annotating to Stimulate Response 72
Keeping a Reading Journal 77
Reading Selection: "Buffaloed: Was the Native American Always Nature's Friend?" 81
Freewriting 85
Group Work 85
Review Questions 86
Discussion Questions 86
Writing 86
3 Writing a Paraphrase 87
Paraphrase as a Reading Strategy 87
Using Paraphrase in Writing 89
Paraphrasing for a Different Audience 90
Paraphrasing an Argument 99
Paraphrasing in Research Papers 102
Reading Selection: "On the Fringe," 105
Freewriting 114
Group Work 114
Review Questions 114
Discussion Questions 114
Writing 114
4 Reading for the Main Idea 117
General and Specific Statements 117
Deductive and Inductive Organization 119
Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences 121
Identifying Topic Sentences 122
Restating the Main Idea 123
Paragraphs with Implied Main Ideas 124
Discovering Implications 127
A Further Comment on Paragraphs 129
Reading Selection: "An Enduring Hoax: H. L. Menken's Fraudulent History of the White House Bathtub," 131
Freewriting 138
Group Work 138
Review Questions 138
Discussion Questions 139
Writing 139
5 Writing a Summary 141
Summary and Paraphrase 142
Writing Summaries 144
A Process for Summarizing Longer Passages 144
Uses of Summary 149
Summarizing an Argument 150
Summarizing in Research Papers 151
Reading Selection: "Class Struggle: Poor, Black, and Smart, an Inner-City Teen Tries to Survive at MIT" 156
Freewriting 163
Group Work 164
Review Questions 164
Discussion Questions 164
Writing 164
6 Synthesizing Sources: Writing a Summary Report 166
Writing a Brief Summary Report 166
Writing an Objective Report on Sources 180
Acknowledging Sources--The Obligation of Scholarship 187
The List of Works Cited 188
Parenthetical Notes 191
Reading Selections
"Wipe Off That Milk Mustache" 193
"Ad Nauseum" 194
"School Daze: Today's Kids Not Only Take Advertising's Presence in Their Classrooms for Granted, They Actually Like It" 196
Freewriting 198
Group Work 198
Review Questions 198
Discussion Questions 198
Writing 198
7 Analytical Reading and Writing 199
Analyzing the Parts 200
Purpose 201
Audience 204
Main Idea 210
Development 212
Organization and Coherence 216
Writing a Brief Reading Analysis 220
Reading Selection: "Classroom Cheating a Serious Problem" 226
Freewriting 227
Group Work 228
Review Questions 228
Discussion Questions 228
Writing 228
8 Beginning a Research Project 230
The Research Paper 230
Primary and Secondary Research 231
Benefits of Doing Research 232
Learning an Essential Skill 232
Contributing to Scholarship 233
Gaining Personal Knowledge 233
The Research Process 234
A Research Assignment 235
The Finished Product 237
A Sample Standard Research Paper 237
A Sample Personal Research Paper 247
Your Research Schedule: Planning in Advance 262
The Benefits of Word Processing 263
A Research Notebook 264
Your Research Topic 265
Generating Ideas 266
Brainstorming 266
Developing an Idea: Clustering 271
9 Tools for Finding Sources 275
Beginning Your Research 275
Your Campus Library 276
Electronic Resources 276
Networks 277
Using Your Library's Research Tools 278
Finding Books and Other Library Holdings 279
Encyclopedias and Other General Reference Works 283
Finding Articles: Magazines, Journals, and Newspapers 284
Locating Periodicals 284
Microforms 285
Library Vandalism--A Crime against Scholarship 285
Using Electronic Databases 285
A Sample Search for Periodical Sources 286
Finding Government Documents 293
Internet Resources 295
Web Search Engines 295
The Reference Librarian--The Most Resourceful Resource 297
10 Finding Sources Outside the Library: Conducting Interviews and Writing Letters 298
Interviewing Sources 298
Arranging the Interview 299
Conducting the Interview 300
Writing for Information 302
Still Other Sources 303
11 Putting Your Sources to Work 305
A Research Prospectus 305
The Working Bibliography 309
Using Your Written Sources 310
Reading Your Source 311
Evaluating Your Sources 312
Narrowing Your Paper's Focus 314
Formulating and Refining a Plan 315
Taking Notes on Note Cards 317
Avoiding Plagiarism 320
12 Reporting on Sources: Paraphrase and Quotation 325
The Conventions of Reporting 326
Options for Presenting Sources 326
Acknowledging Sources 328
Relying on Experts 330
Paraphrasing Sources 331
Quoting Sources 333
Punctuating Quotations 333
Altering Quotations 340
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase 345
A Further Note on Plagiarism 350
Practice with Using Sources 351
Writing a Brief Objective Research Essay 351
Writing a Brief Subjective Research Essay 357
13 Writing and Revising the Research Paper 359
Getting Organized 359
Formulating a Thesis Statement 359
Sorting Your Note Cards 361
Updating Your Outline 363
Writing the First Good Draft 363
Research Writing: General Guidelines 363
Some Practical Writing Tips 366
Getting Started 367
Writing the Opening 368
Writing the Conclusion 371
Giving Your Paper a Title 372
Editing and Revising 372
Reworking Your Paper 373
Checklist for Editing and Revising 373
Getting Advice from Other Readers 376
Typing and Proofreading Your Polished Draft 394
14 Argument: Reading, Writing, and Research 396
Emotional Appeal 396
Logical Argument 398
Balanced, Credible Argument 402
Informal Analysis of Arguments 403
Writing a Critique of an Argument 409
Procedure for Writing a Critique 409
Writing an Argumentative Research Essay 423
Purpose 423
Thesis 424
Audience 424
Persona 425
Evidence 425
Opposition 426
Organization 426
A Sample Argumentative Research Paper 427
Part II Research Paper Reference Handbook 439
A List of Works Cited (MLA Format) 441
Bibliographic Formats 441
General Guidelines--MLA Format 442
Citing Electronic Sources 443
Model Entries--MLA Format 444
Sources in Books 444
Sources in Periodicals and Newspapers 451
Other Sources 456
B Parenthetical Notes (MLA Format) 461
Types of Notes 461
Parenthetical Notes 463
Some Special Cases 464
When Are Notes Needed? 470
How Many Notes Are Enough? 472
How Much Material Can One Note Cover? 474
Information Footnotes 475
C Research Paper Format (MLA Style) 477
Format for Your Polished Draft 477
Format for Computer-Printed or Typed Papers 478
Format for Handwritten Papers 486
A Formal Outline 488
Standard Numbering System 491
Decimal System 492
Topic and Sentence Outlines 494
D Footnotes and Endnotes 495
Sample Footnotes and Endnotes 495
Sources in Books 495
Sources in Periodicals and Newspapers 502
Other Sources 505
E APA Format 507
Formats Other Than MLA 507
APA Style 507
APA Bibliographic Citations (Reference List) 508
Model Entries 508
Notes in APA Style 513
Sample Pages in APA style 514
F Format Featuring Numbered References 517
Index 521
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