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Broadening the traditional notion of undergraduate research, this English composition text thoroughly covers the skills essential for developing a research paper: analytical reading, synthesizing, paraphrasing, and summarizing. Presenting the process of research in a practical sequence, the authors illustrate each stage of the process with examples of student and professional writing. Using a flexible and goal-oriented approach, the authors integrate coverage of writing, reading, and research with topical, interdisciplinary readings and a supportive research handbook. Unlike comparable books, Veit and Gould's WRITING, READING, AND RESEARCH, Eighth Edition leads off with a sample student paper in the first chapter, providing a foundation for students as they progress through each step of the research and writing process.
"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."
PART I: WRITING, READING, AND RESEARCH. 1. Introduction to Writing and Research. Writing. Writing Habits and Strategies. Audience and Purpose. Student Writing."It's Not About Looking Cute" by Carolee Winter. Prewriting. Composing a First Draft. Guidelines: Peer Review. Student Writing. "A Night at the Roller Derby" by Carolee Winter. Peer Review. Revising. Editing and proofreading. Developing Your Own Writing Routines. Guidelines: Writing an Essay That Incorporates Primary Research. Research. Reading Selection. "The Holly Pageant" by Lavonne Adams. Freewriting. Review Questions. Discussion Questions. Writing. ADDITIONAL READINGS. "Passage to Manhood" by Fred D. McGhee II. "The Price of Parsimony" by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. About the Rest of This Book. 2.Introduction to Reading. Reading Habits and Strategies. Interpreting Texts. Audience. Tacit Knowledge. Context. Efferent and Aesthetic Approaches to Rading. Responding to Reading. Reading Response Groups. Practice Reading. "A Short History of Love" by Lawrence Stone. Student Writings. Janet's Freewriting. Alex's Freewriting. Agnes's Freewriting. Guidelines: Group Work. Reading Selection. "The Future of Reading" by Steven Levy. Freewriting. Review Questions. Discussion Questions. Writing. 3. Strategies for Reading. Inferences. Context. Strategies for Understanding. Surveying a Text. Prereading. Practice Reading. "Study Hard and You, Too, Can Deliver Pizza." by Kathy Kallenbach Clark. Responding to Textual Clues. Recognizing Transitions. Reading with a Pencil. Annotating and Underlining for Recall. Practice Reading. "Relationships with Maturing Children" by Diane E. Papalia, Sally Wendkos Olds, and Ruth Duskin Feldman. Guidelines: Annotating and Underlining for Recall. Practice Reading. "Keeping Parents off Campus" by Judith R. Shapiro. Annotating to Stimulate Response. Practice Reading. "Some Geography, Some History" by Wallace Stegner. Practice Reading. "The Dehydrated States of America" by John Ibbitson. Keeping a Reading Journal. Practice Reading. From Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. Checklist: Reading Strategies. Reading Selections. "Learning How to Learn" by Glenn C. Altschuler. "Adapting to College Life in an Era of Heightened Stress" by Glenn C. Altschuler. Freewriting. Group Work. Review Questions. Discussion Questions. Writing. ADDITIONAL READINGS. "The Challenge of First-Generation College Students" by Roland Merullo. "Pressure and Competition" by Richard Kadison and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo. 4. Reading for the Main Idea. General and Specific Categories. Deductive and Inductive Organization. Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences. Identifying Topic Sentences. Restating the Main Idea. Paragraphs with Implied Main Ideas. Detecting Implications. Questioning Implications. A Further Comment on Paragraphs. Reading selection. "Girls Just Want to Be Mean" by Margaret Talbot. Freewriting. Group Work. Review Questions. Discussion Questions. Writing. Additional Reading. "Listen to Boys' Voices" by William Pollack. 5. Paraphrasing. Paraphrasing as a Reading Strategy. Using Paraphrase in Writing. Paraphrasing for a Different Audience. Paraphrasing an Argument. Paraphrasing in Research Papers. Guidelines: Effective Paraphrasing. Reading Selection. "Another Day, Another Indignity" by Barbara Ehrenreich. Freewriting. Group Work. Review Questions. Discussion Questions. Writing. Additional Reading. "Who Moved My Ability to Reason?" by Barbara Ehrenreich. 6. Summarizing. Summary and Paraphrase. Writing Summaries. Guidelines: Summarizing Longer Passages. Practice Reading. "Stereotyping: Homogenizing People" by J. Dan Rothwell. Uses of Summary. Summarizing an Argument. Summarizing in Research Papers. Guidelines: Effective Summarizing. Reading Selection. "What Meets the Eye" by Daniel Akst. Freewriting. Group Work. Review Questions. Discussion Questions. Writing. Additional Readings. "The Great Sorority Purge" by Jerry Adler, Raina Kelley, and Hilary Shenfeld. "Fat Gregg is Dead" by Gregg Paz. 7. Synthesizing. A Brief Summary Report. Practice Readings. Readings on Thomas Kinkade by Brooke Cameron, Karal Ann Marling, and Mark Pohlad. Practice Readings. "Not a Pretty Picture" by Richard Jerome, Ellen Piligian, and Alice Jackson Baughn. Guidelines: Writing a Brief Summary Report. An Objective Report on Sources. Practice Readings. "Reagan Deserves Landmarks" by Jim Martin. "The Rename Game" by E J. Dionne.The Obligation of Acknowledging Sources. The List of Works Cited. Parenthetical Notes. Reading Selection. "Service Learning" by Kay S. Hymowitz. Freewriting. Group Work. Review Questions. Discussion Questions. Writing. Additional Readings. "Serve or Fail" by Dave Eggers. "Learning Outside of School: Service to the Community Lends Meaning to Education" by Tracy Wong Briggs. 8. Analyzing Texts. Analyzing the Parts. Purpose. Audience. Main Idea. Development. Organization and Coherence. Writing a Brief Reading Analysis. Practice Readings. "Earnie's Nuns Are Pointing the Way" by Molly Ivins. Reading Selection. "Opening Ourselves to Unconditional Love in our Relationships with Students" by Sara Hopkins-Powell. Freewriting. Group Work. Review Questions. Discussion Questions. Writing. Additional Readings. "Crossing the Fine Line Between Teacher and Therapist" by M. Garrett Bauman. "Hollywood Goes to School" by Adam Farhi. 9. 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. Student Writing. "The Great Digital Shift in Music" by Robert Tennant. A Sample Personal Research Paper. Student Writing. "Human Papilloma Virus (HPV): The Most Common Sexually Transmitted Disease" by Tracy LaFon. Your Research Schedule: Planning in Advance. A Research Notebook. Your Research Topic. Generating Ideas. Brainstorming. Developing an Idea: Clustering. 10. Tools for Finding Sources. Beginning Your Research. Your Campus Library. Electronic Resources. Networks. Using Your Library's Research Tools. Finding Books and Other Library Holdings. Encyclopedias and Other General Reference Works. Finding Articles: Magazines, Journals, and Newspapers. Locating Periodicals. Microforms. Library Vandalism—A Crime Against Scholarship. Using Electronic Databases. A Sample Search for Periodical Sources. Finding Government Documents. Internet Resources. Web Search Engines. The Reference Librarian—The Most Resourceful Resource. 11. Finding Sources Outside the Library: Conducting Interviews and Writing Letters. Interviewing Sources. Arranging the Interview. Conducting the Interview. Writing for Information. Still Other Sources. 12. Putting Your Sources to Work. A Research Prospectus. The Working Bibliography. Using Your Sources. Reading Your Sources. Evaluating Your Sources. Narrowing Your Paper's Focus. Formulating and Refining a Plan. Taking Notes on Note Cards. Avoiding Plagiarism. Guidelines: Avoiding Plagiarism. 13. Using Sources in Research Writing. 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. 14. Writing and Revising the Research Paper. Getting Organized. Formulating a Thesis Statement. Sorting Your Notes. Updating Your Outline. Writing the First Good Draft. Guidelines: Research Writing. Some Practical Writing Tips. Getting Started. Writing the Opening. Writing the Conclusion. Giving Your Paper a Title. Editing and Revising. Reworking Your Paper. Checklist: Editing and Revising. Getting Advice from Other Readers. Typing and Proofreading Your Polished Draft. 15. Argument: Reading, Writing, and Research. Emotional Persuasion. Logical Argument. The Structure of Logical Argument: Claims, Evidence and Values. Varieties of Evidence. Ethical and Emotional Appeals. An Informal Analysis of an Argument. Practice Reading. "Abolish the Penny" by William Safire. A Critique of an Argument. Guidelines: Writing a Critique of an Argument. Practice Reading. "Workplace Worrywarts" by Michelle Cottle. An Argumentative Research Essay. Purpose. Thesis. Audience. Persona. Evidence. Opposition. Organization. A Sample Argumentative Essay. Student Writing. "A Cure for World Hunger or 'Frankenfood'?: The Controversy over Genetically Modified Foods" by Justin Petersen. PART II: RESEARCH PAPER REFERENCE HANDBOOK A. List of Work Cited(MLA Format). Bibliographic Formats. General Guidelines—MLA Format. Citing Electronic Sources. Model Entries—MLA Format. Sources in Books. Books. Selections from Books. Sources in Periodicals and Newspapers. Other Sources. Internet and Electronic 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. A Formal Outline. Standard Numbering System. Paper Title. Decimal System. Topic and Sentence Outlines. D. APA Format. Formats Other Than MLA. APA Style. APA Bibliographic Citations (Reference List). Model Entries. Books. Selections from Books. Periodicals and Newspapers. Other Sources. Internet and Electronic Sources. Notes APA Style. Sample Pages in APA Style. E. Format Featuring Numbered References.