Research Methodology for Master Students of Literature: Overcoming the Lure to Plagiarize with Strategies to Avoid

Research Methodology for Master Students of Literature: Overcoming the Lure to Plagiarize with Strategies to Avoid

by Fouad Mami

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Overview

This text presupposes that in many cases plagiarism results from poor training and a confused perception of what is involved in research. The textbook is addressed to non-native English-speaking students and their instructors, principally those seeking degrees in literature. Through a close examination of what initially seems to be the self-evident 'facts' of research--those presumed simple steps in the multilayered research process that are usually glossed over in research methodolgy courses--students will become less confused about what the research practically involves and more empowered to work on their first serious research project with confidence and clarity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627347303
Publisher: Universal-Publishers.com
Publication date: 06/26/2019
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Fouad Mami is a scholar at the Department of English, University of Ahmed Draia Adrar (Algeria). He graduated with a doctorate from the University of Algiers in 2010. His research has been featured in Amerikastudien/American Studies; The Journal of North African Studies; Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History and other no less intense outlets. Methodology for Master Students of Literature: Overcoming the Lure to Plagiarize with Strategies to Avoid aims at galvanizing Master's students to undertake their dissertations and other research assignments with tenacity and grace.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Preface xi

General Introduction 1

1 The ABCs of Literary Research 9

1.1 On Being Critical and Being a Researcher 9

1.2 What is Evidence? 17

1.3 Critical Argument versus No Argument 26

1.4 Quiz 01 34

1.5 Answers to Quiz 01 40

2 The Craft of Research Writing 51

2.1 First Things First 51

2.2 Switch to the Interrogative Mode 58

2.3 Articulating a Thesis 64

2.4 Quiz 02 70

2.5 Answers to Quiz 02 72

3 Meaningful Reading 75

3.1 Reading Secondary Literature: The Three Hows 75

3.2 Interacting Constructively with Published Texts 82

3.3 What is an Annotated Bibliography and How it Helps 88

3.4 Quiz 03 96

3.5 Solution to Quiz 3 99

4 Writing with a Purpose 101

4.1 Crafting the Purpose Statement 101

4.2 Developing the Rationale 107

4.3 The Pillars of Research Writing 114

4.4 Quiz 4 119

4.5 Solution to Quiz 04 121

5 Writing Relentlessly 123

5.1 Outlining and Re-outlining 123

5.2 Paragraphing and the Topic Sentence 137

5.3 Mind Mapping/Concept Mapping 144

5.4 Quiz 05 151

5.5 Answers to Quiz 05 154

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