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Writing the Modern Research Paper / Edition 3

Writing the Modern Research Paper / Edition 3

by Robert Dees

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Writing the Modern Research Paper is both a practical and contemporary guide to planning, researching, writing, and documenting research papers. Designed as a complete reference, this book offers a step-by-step guide to the research process. Original and realistic examples throughout show various approaches to the methods of planning and researching. Both informative and argumentative purposes for doing research are covered. This contemporary book offers full coverage of computer research technologies, and extensive attention to the prewriting and planning stages of the assignment. There is also unparalleled coverage of the major disciplinary documentation forms (MLA, APA, CBE, and Chicago). The book also features examples from modern research sources (Citation Indexes, the Internet) not covered in other books. For anyone who writes research papers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205302246
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/09/1999
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 6.63(w) x 8.97(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

1. Doing Research and the Research Paper.
Research Is Learning.
Research Is Critical Thinking
What Is a Research Paper?
Doing Research for Your Paper.
Organizing Your Research.
Including Your Own Ideas in the Research Paper.

2. Using a Library for Research.
Understanding Academic and Public Libraries.
How Libraries Are Organized.
Library Classification Systems.
Working with the Library Catalog.
Library Services and Resources.

3. Planning the Focus of Your Research.
Understanding a Subject and Topic.
Finding a Research Subject and Topic.
Selecting an Appropriate Research Subject.
Using Library Sources to Find a Research Subject.
Moving from a Subject to a Research Topic.
Using Discovery Techniques to Focus on a Topic.
Narrowing the Focus of the Research Topic.
Working with a Back-Up Topic in Mind.
A Checklist for Topic Selection.
Formulating a Research Question.
Recording Research Questions.
Using Critical Thinking Techniques to Focus on Research.
Considering Your Audience.
Defining the Paper's Purpose.
Working with a Preliminary Thesis.

4. Researching Library Sources.
Preparing the Working Bibliography.
Using Bibliographies to Locate Sources.
Using Indexes to Locate Sources.
Reviewing Your Library Search.

5. Researching Beyond the Campus Library.
Using Primary and Secondary Sources.
Observing Onsite.
Researching Society and Museum Libraries.
Finding Other Sources of Research.
Speeches and Lectures.
Radio and Television.

6. Researching Online and Through theInternet.
Using a Database for Research.
Researching Through the Internet.
Using Online/Internet Search Tools.

7. Recording Information and Avoiding Plagiarism.
Planning Your Reading.
Types of Reading.
Taking Effective Notes.
Critically Evaluating Sources.

8. Planning Your Paper.
Using Your Research Notes.
Devising a Final Thesis Statement.
Working with an Outline.
A Review of Basic Patterns of Development.
Creating a Title.

9. Reasoning Critically About Argument and Evidence.
Logical Reasoning.
The Toulmin Method of Argument.
Looking Critically at the Evidence.
Be Aware of Logical Fallacies.

10. Writing Your Paper.
Reviewing Your Preparation for Writing.
Preparing to Write.
Writing the Paper.
Preparing a Final Draft.

11. Acknowledging Sources: In-text Citation and Content Notes (MLA Style).
Following a Standard Documentation Format.
MLA Documentation.

12. Documenting Sources: The Works Cited List (MLA Style).
What to Include.
Works Cited Entries.
Index to Works Cited Forms.
Works Cited Forms.

13. Alternative Documentation Styles: Author-Date (APA and Chicago), Number-System, and CBE.
Understanding Various Styles.
Author-Date Documentation.
APA Style.
Number-System Documentation.
CBE Style.
Chicago-Style Documentation.
Discipline Style Manuals.

14. Preparing the Final Manuscript.
Reviewing and Strengthening the Final Draft.
Producing the Final Manuscript.

Appendix A: Sample Research Papers: APA (Author-Date) and CBE (Citation-Sequence System) Documentation Styles.
Sample Paper 1: APA (Author-Date) Documentation Style.
Sample Paper 2: CBE (Citation-Sequence System).
Documentation Style.

Appendix B: Reference Sources for Selected Subjects.
Index to Subjects.
Reference Sources by Subject.


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