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Entering the Academic Conversation: Strategies for Research Writing / Edition 1

Entering the Academic Conversation: Strategies for Research Writing / Edition 1

by John Charles Goshert


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Entering the Academic Conversation: Strategies for Research Writing / Edition 1

Entering the Academic Conversation (not final) is a brief guide for doing research and academic writing in college, which welcomes students into the exchange of scholarly ideas within academic communities across the disciplines.

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ISBN-13: 9780132435970
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 530,948
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


Preface for Instructors


How We Research, and Why

Entering the Academic Conversation

From Observation to Participation

Starting the Academic Writing Process Now

Making Decisions

Parts of Entering the Academic Conversation

Part 1 The Academic Conversation

Chapter 1 Seeing the Academic Conversation

Choosing Your Own Path

Defamiliarizing Ideas

Building Academic Literacy

Form or Content? Escaping the Report Paradigm

Increasing Responsibility for Knowledge

Writing to Seek “More Interesting Problems”

“Less Efficiency, More Mystery”

Considering Interdisciplinary Issues

Chapter 2 Building a Knowledge Base and Reading for Informative Purposes

Reading to Build Knowledge

Reading Informational Texts

Answering and Developing Questions

Reflecting on an Evolving Knowledge Base

Building on Information

Thinking Skeptically

Starting with Facts

Finding Motivation

Chapter 3 Integrating Academic Reading and Writing

Writing as a Process: More Conversation, Less Isolation

Essential Features of the Writing Process

Adding Sources in the Research Writing Process

Reading in the Conversation

Reading through Multiple Layers

The Reading and Writing Process at Work

Active Reading at Work

Using Margins to Annotate Texts

Developing Annotations with a Reading Log

Tracking Subject, Organization, and Purpose in Texts

Defining Unfamiliar Terms

Recording Significant Passages

Actively Integrating Academic Reading and Writing

Retracing the Author’s Steps: Notes and Bibliography

Chapter 4 Beginning the Research Process

Writing and Reflection: Finding a Subject Area and Creating a Research Question

Connecting Personal and Academic Goals

Positioning Your Topic and Question on a Scale of Abstraction

“A Rose by Any Other Name…”: Adding Hierarchical Order and Describing Relationships

The Scale of Abstraction outside Science

Finding Broader Contexts for Local Issues

Anticipating Your Research Purpose

Developing a Research Question: A Case Study

Making a Tentative Research Plan

Chapter 5 Locating and Evaluating Sources

Researching Large Holdings

Using Subject Headings

Doing Research Online

Distinguishing Types and Purposes of Materials

Peer Review–the Standard of Academic Credibility

The Peer Review Process in Government and Business

Doing Research with Online Databases–the Basics

Expanding and Limiting Terms with Boolean Operators

Specifying with Quotation Marks

Academic Search Premier Case Study

Reading the Academic Search Premier Title Screen

Hypertext Features in Online Databases

Additional Database Features: Limiters

Getting Articles and Other Sources: Online, Library Stacks, and Interlibrary Loan

Moving Beyond Online Access

Narrowing and Refining Searches–a Case Study

Finding the Database That’s Right for Your Research Field and Question

Chapter 6 Incorporating Source Material into Your Writing

Using Source Material Purposefully

Signaling Purpose

Using Quotations

Summarizing and Paraphrasing

When Do I Use a Summary, Paraphrase, or Quotation in My Research Writing?

Considering the Role of the Source Material

Summarizing and Paraphrasing with Purpose

Embedding Source Material in Your Point and Purpose: The Hourglass Approach

Adding Citations to Source Material: Page Numbers and Beyond

Quotes within Quotes: A Special (and Tricky) Case

Avoiding Plagiarism

Chapter 7 Using and Writing Bibliographies

More than Surveillance

Prompting Further Research

Maintaining a Working Bibliography

Basic Bibliographic Techniques

Locating Source Information for Bibliography Entries

Parenthetical Citation Systems–MLA and APA

Works Cited and References Lists

Footnote/Endnote Systems–Chicago and CSE

Documenting Electronic Sources and Online Databases

Using Explanatory Notes

Part 2 Research Writing Projects

Chapter 8 Explaining Academic Terms and Concepts

Acquiring Specialized Knowledge through Definition

Identifying the Conversation through Definition

Understanding Specialized Definitions

Writing Assignment


Revising and Editing

Multidimensional Definition: Formal Peer Review

Writing Samples

Chapter 9 Summary and Critical Engagement

A “Door to Critical Literacy”

Writing Assignment

Summarizing–the Core of Academic Writing

Rhetorical Analysis–Ethos, Logos, and Pathos




Critical Engagement: Occupying a Position of Authority

Creating a Reading Log

Reading With and Against the Grain

The Pressure of Assumptions: a Case Study

Drafting and Revising Your Critical Engagement Essay

Critical Engagement: Formal Peer Review

Writing Samples

Chapter 10 Research Proposal and Annotated Bibliography

Forecasting and Planning the Project

Proposals inside and outside the Academic World

What You Plan to Do–and What You Plan Not to Do

Budgeting Time

Where Are You Now?

Using Your Sources’ Bibliographies to Find More Material

The Proposal: From Reflection to Forecasting

Writing Assignment

The Three-Paragraph Proposal

Essential Proposal Elements

Writing Annotations

Connecting the Strategies

Proposal/Annotated Bibliography: Formal Peer Review

Writing Samples

Chapter 11 The Exploratory Research Essay: En Route to a Thesis

Writing Assignment

“Hosting” Your Sources

Building on Core Skills

Drafting and Revising the Exploratory Research Essay


Organization–Who’s on First?

Testing Structure: a Case Study

Narrating Process–Emphasizing Your Voice

Generating New Details: A Brief Introduction to Field Research Strategies

Making Informed and Relevant Use of Field Research Techniques

Analyzing Your Data

Human Subject Protocols/Institutional Review Board at Your Campus

Exploratory Research Essay: Formal Peer Review

Writing Samples

Chapter 12 The Formal Research Essay

Writing Assignment

Anchoring Your Paper with a Thesis Statement

What Is a Strong Thesis?

Embedding the Thesis Statement in Purpose and Organization

Thesis First?

Delaying the Thesis

Forecasting Argument and Organization


The Evolving Outline

Organizational Strategies

Trying on a New Voice

Integrating General Audience and Scholarly Sources

Moving from Analysis to Synthesis

Anticipating and Addressing Counterarguments

Drafting and Revising the Formal Research Essay

Writing the Introduction

Writing Transitions between Major Parts

Writing the Conclusion


Formal Research Essay: Formal Peer Review

Writing Samples

Part 3

Chapter 13 Research Dossier: Readings on Surveillance

Darryl McAllister, “Law Enforcement Turns to Face-Recognition Technology”

John Gunders, “‘Here’s Lookin’ at You’: Video Surveillance and the Interpellated Body”

Nancy Nisbet, “Resisting Surveillance: Identity and Implantable Microchips”

Annabelle James and Chris Taylor, “Video Games: Some Pitfalls of Video Evidence”

Nicholas B. King, “The Influence of Anxiety: September 11, Bioterrorism, and American Public Health”

Gary T. Marx, “What’s New about the “New Surveillance”?: Classifying for Change and Continuity”

Part 4

Chapter 14 Design and Editing


Offset Quotations

Elements of Argument

Developing Rogerian Arguments



Integrating Visual Elements into an Argument

Ensuring Clarity: Paragraphs and Sentences




Subject-Verb Agreement


Spelling: Homophones and Idioms


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