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It has never been more important to learn how to locate relevant, credible sources, to evaluate competing ideas and arguments, and to share our thoughts with others in a compelling, well-supported manner. This edition of The Bedford Researcher, like those that have come before it, was written to help students strengthen their ability to understand, assess, and contribute to ongoing conversations about important issues.
Tech-savvy and student-friendly, The Bedford Researcher addresses the wide variety of source-based writing students do and the kinds of sources they actually use, from multimodal projects and oral presentations to Web sites and digital databases. The Bedford Researcher strips away the complexities of research writing across the disciplines and offers the practical help students need to write with confidence while integrating electronic sources and tools into each stage of the process. It addresses the vast amount of information available to writers, the expanding variety of media and genres used by writers to share their work, the critical importance and increasingly challenge of evaluating sources, and the demands of managing information effectively and efficiently. Now available with LaunchPad Solo for Research and Reference, which includes a mix of tutorials, practice exercises, and student writing to help you get the most out of The Bedford Researcher.
|Edition description:||Fourth Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
Table of Contents
* indicates new or significantly revised content
Preface for Instructors
Introduction for Writers
Part I: Joining the Conversation
1 Getting Started
1a How can I research and write with confidence?
1b How can I choose an appropriate topic?
2 Exploring and Focusing
2a How can I explore my topic?
2b How can I focus on an issue?
3 Developing Your Research Question and Proposal
3a How can I develop my research question?
*3b How can I create a research proposal?
Part II: Working with Sources
4 Reading Critically
4a How does reading critically differ from evaluating?
4b How can I use my research question to read critically?
4c How can I read with an attitude?
4d What strategies can I use to read actively?
4e What should I pay attention to as I read?
4f How many times should I read a source?
5 Evaluating Sources
5a What factors should I use to evaluate a source?
5b Should I evaluate all types of sources in the same way?
6 Managing Information and Taking Notes
6a How can I save and organize the information I find?
*6b Why should I take notes?
*6c How should I take notes?
*6d How can I create a bibliography to organize information?
7 Avoiding Plagiarism
7a What is plagiarism?
7b What are research ethics?
7c What is common knowledge?
7d What is fair use and when should I ask permission to use a source?
*7e How can I avoid plagiarism?
7f What should I do if I’m accused of plagiarism?
Part III: Collecting Information
8 Searching for Information with Digital Resources
*8a How can I prepare to search?
8b How can I search for sources with online library catalogs?
*8c How can I search for sources with databases?
*8d How can I search for sources with Web search sites?
8e How can I search for sources with media search sites?
9 Searching for Information with Print Resources
9a How can I use the library stacks to locate sources?
9b How can I use a library periodicals room to locate sources?
9c How can I use a library reference room to locate sources?
10 Searching for Information with Field Research Methods
*10a When should I use field research methods?
10b How can I use interviews to collect information?
10c How can I use observation to collect information?
10d How can I use surveys to collect information?
10e How can I use correspondence to collect information?
10f How can I use public events and broadcast media to collect information?
Part IV: Writing Your Document
*11 Developing Your Thesis Statement
*11a How can I use my sources and position statement?
*11b How can I draft my thesis statement?
*12 Developing Your Argument
*12a How can I support my thesis statement?
*12b How can I assess the integrity of my argument?
*13a What organizing pattern should I choose?
13b How can I arrange my argument?
13c How can I create an outline?
14a How can I use my outline to draft my document?
14b How can I draft effective paragraphs?
14c How can I draft my introduction?
14d How can I make sure my document is easy to follow?
14e How can I draft my conclusion?
*15 Using Sources Effectively
15a How can I use sources to accomplish my purposes as a writer?
*15b How can I integrate sources into my draft?
*15c How should I document my sources?
16 Writing with Style
16a How can I begin to write with style?
16b How can I polish my style?
17 Revising and Editing
17a What should I focus on as I revise my document?
17b What strategies should I use to revise?
17c What should I focus on as I edit my document?
17d What strategies should I use to edit?
18 Understanding Design Principles
18a How can I use design effectively?
18b What design elements can I use?
*19 Designing Documents and Presentations
19a How can I design academic essays?
19b How can I design multimodal essays?
19c How can I design articles?
19d How can I design Web sites?
*19e How can I design oral presentations?
*19f How can I design multimedia presentations?
*19g How can I design poster presentations?
PART V: Documenting Sources
20 Understanding Documentation Systems
20a What is a documentation system and which one should I use?
20b How should I document my sources?
21 Using MLA Style
21a How do I cite sources within the text of my document?
21b How do I prepare the list of works cited?
22 Using APA Style
22a How do I cite sources within the text of my document?
22b How do I prepare the reference list?
23 Using Chicago Style
23a How do I cite sources within the text of my document?
23b How do I format notes and prepare the bibliography?
24 Using CSE Style
24a How do I cite sources within the text of my document?
24b How do I prepare the reference list?