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Get simple, specific guidance on writing a research paper with WRITING THE RESEARCH PAPER: A HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition. With its easy-to-digest steps that demystify the writing process, this accessible handbook gives you the tools you need to work independently to create well-constructed research papers-throughout your college career and beyond. Within the text, you'll discover comprehensive, up-to-date information conveyed in a calm and reassuring manner that encourages you to turn to any section of the text at any time for immediate, expert assistance. Each self-contained section is as brief as possible so you won't need to wade through extraneous material-and can be effectively used in any order, depending on your needs.

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"I consider this book to be a serviceable and useful text for introducing students to the research paper writing process. I would say that it is a very useful book, and that I have no real complaints. As with all texts, its real worth in the classroom is the result of the combination of the text itself and its use by the instructor. For most instructors, the book offers a useful tool to supplement instruction."

"This manual answers even the most basic steps on how to get started. The book is written in an almost conversational tone rather than a textbook tone. And because of this students are more likely to pick up the book to seek out the answers to their questions. This book is student-oriented and goes step-by-step through the process of writing a paper. It is wonderful aid to the first-time writer of a paper."

"That it is eminently "teach-fromable". Also, it is a book that will help students throughout their academic careers. (In addition, being a latecomer to the use of computers, I learned a lot from the chapter on computer resources.) I'm very impressed with it on all levels. Over and above particulars (see below), I very much liked the tone of the commentary—neither patronizing nor pedantically remote."

"This is an excellent guide to research for students, well thought out and easy for the student to use. The text is especially helpful if the colleague is concerned about note cards, as I am. Also it includes a very good discussion and examples of the thesis statement, outlining, and the structure of the paper. I highly recommend this text! In fact, I think yours is one of the best research paper guides I have seen (and I have seen many handbooks and research guides having served as the chair of the handbook selection committee in my department in 2003 and 2005)."

"Thorough and concise - get a copy for yourself! It would be an asset for any class where a research paper is required. Great resource! I wish it would have been available when I was a college frosh doing my first research paper!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495799641
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 571,173
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Kingston, Jamaica West Indies, Anthony C. Winkler was educated in Jamaica at Excelsior College, Mount Alvernia Academy, and Cornwall College, the last two being in Montego Bay. He was also educated at Citrus Community College, Glendora, California. Winkler taught briefly at Pasadena City College and for a year at Moneague Teachers College in Saint Anne, Jamaica, an experience chronicled in GOING HOME TO TEACH (1995). From 1968 to 1975 Winkler had sales territories as a bookman for Appleton Century Crofts textbook publishers, and later for Scott, Foresman. In 1969 he decided he could write textbooks as well as anyone and through a chance meeting with the sales representative of another company, he submitted the manuscript POETRY AS SYSTEM and was offered a contract for its publication. Eventually, he met Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell and the two became textbook writers and collaborators. Over the years they have produced more than a dozen textbooks, most on rhetoric and writing. In addition to Winkler's textbooks, his body of work includes, among other books: THE PAINTED CANOE (novel, 1983); THE LUNATIC (novel, 1987); THE GREAT YACHT RACE (novel, 1992); DOG WAR (novel, 2006); TRUST THE DARKNESS: MY LIFE AS A WRITER (autobiography, 2008); THE BURGLARY (play, premiered in Toronto in 2005); THE LUNATIC (movie, filmed in 1991); THE ANNIHILATION OF FISH (movie, 1999); and BOB MARLEY, AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT BY HIS MOTHER (biography, 1996, with Cedella Booker).

Born in Belgium, the daughter of an American minister, Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell had moved from Brussels to Paris to Bern, Switzerland, by the time she was seven years old. In Bern, she attended the Freies Gymnasium and spoke not only fluent French and German but also English, which was the language spoken to her by her American parents. After enduring World War II, Jo Ray's parents sent her and her brother to Pacific Union College (in the Napa Valley), where Jo Ray received a B. A. in English. After teaching English and French in high school for several years, Jo Ray started to take night classes at the University of Southern California in order to earn an M.A. and Ph.D., which would allow her to teach in college. While working on her doctorate, she was first hired to teach English at Glendale Community College and later to serve as Dean of the Evening College. A chance meeting in 1973 with Anthony C. Winkler, a successful novelist, led to a literary partnership that has produced 15 coauthored textbooks used at colleges and universities across the United States.

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Table of Contents

1. BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE RESEARCH PAPER. Hatred of the research paper. Definition of the research paper. Format of the research paper. Reasons for the research paper. The report paper and the thesis paper. Drafts of the research paper. Writing the research paper: Steps and schedule. FAQ. 2. CHOOSING A TOPIC. How to choose a topic. Topics to avoid. Narrowing the topic. FAQ. 3. THE LIBRARY. Layout of the library. The computer. Online full-text databases. Microform indexes. Stacks. Main desk. Reserve desk. Audiovisual room. Microform room. Newspaper racks. Computer room. Carrels. Organization of the library collections. The Dewey Decimal System. The Cutter-Sanborn Author Marks. The Library of Congress Classification System. Classification of periodicals. Classification of nonbooks. 4. USING THE COMPUTER IN YOUR RESEARCH. Computers and the research paper. The Internet. The World Wide Web. Online resources. Databases. Electronic journals. Online public-access catalogs (OPACs). Blogs and Social networks. Researching with search engines. Finding a search engine. Usenet, Listserv, telnet, and gopher. Evaluating Internet sources. Running a search. Useful Internet sites. FAQ. 5. DOING THE RESEARCH. What information to look for. Where to look for information. Assembling a working bibliography. Selecting your sources: Skimming. Note-taking. Plagiarism and how to avoid it. 6. THE THESIS AND THE OUTLINE. The thesis: Definition and function. The outline. Choosing an outline form. 7. TRANSFORMING THE NOTES INTO A ROUGH DRAFT. Preparing to write the rough draft: A checklist. Writer's block. Writing with a computer. Using your notes in the paper. How to use quotations to explore and discover. Writing with unity, coherence, and emphasis. Using the proper tense. Using graphics in your research paper. Writing the abstract. 8. Revising Your Rough Draft. Principles of revision. Revising the opening paragraph. Revising sentences for variety and style. Revising words: Diction. Rules for Writers. Not. 9. THE MLA SYSTEM OF DOCUMENTATION. Parenthetical documentation: Author-work (MLA). What to document. Format for "Works Cited" (MLA). Content notes. Finished form of the MLA paper. Peer review checklist. Submitting your paper electronically. 10. THE APA SYSTEM OF DOCUMENTATION. Parenthetical documentation: Author-date (APA). Format for "References" (APA). Writing the abstract. Finished form of the paper. Peer review checklist. Submitting your paper electronically. 11. THE TRADITIONAL STYLE OF DOCUMENTATION (CMS) Footnotes and endnotes. Subsequent references in footnotes and endnotes. Electronic sources. Finished form of the paper. Pagination and text format. Content or reference notes. Bibliography. Peer review checklist. Submitting your paper electronically. 12. SAMPLE STUDENT PAPERS. Paper using author-work documentation (MLA). Paper using author-date documentation (APA). Paper using footnote documentation (CMS).

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