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Cengage Advantage Books: Writing Research Papers Across the Curriculum  (with The Wadsworth Essential Reference Card to the MLA Handbook)

Cengage Advantage Books: Writing Research Papers Across the Curriculum (with The Wadsworth Essential Reference Card to the MLA Handbook)

ISBN 9780495899839
Edition 5
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Publisher Cengage
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Overview
1. WHAT IS A RESEARCH PAPER? How to Use This Guide. Overview: What is a Research Paper. Learning, Thinking, and Research Papers. The Evidence. Facts. Inferences. Judgments. Evaluating the Evidence. Sources of Evidence and Types of Research Projects. Summary. 2. WHERE DO I BEGIN? Step 1: The Researcher''s Notebook. Step 2: Deciding on the Research Question/Assumption That You Are Going to Test. Step 3: Formulating Your Research Question/Assumption. Step 4: Formulating Your Working Hypothesis/Thesis. Strategy 1: Discovering Assumptions About Your Area of Investigation. Strategy 2: Turning Judgmental Statements Into Inferences. Strategy 3: Defining Your Terms. Step 5: Choosing Your Research Strategy--Research Questions. A Few More Words About Research Projects and Testing. Studies and Experiments. A Review or a Review of the Literature Paper. Critical Papers. A Research Proposal. A Final Note. Planning Ahead: Developing a Work Schedule. 3. FINDING THE EVIDENCE. The Researcher''s Stance. Sources and Resources. Sources: Where Do I Find What I Need to Know? Authoritative Sources. Resources. The Research Process. What to Expect and How to Manage. Bibliographic 'Filing' Systems. Searching for Potential Sources. Know Your Database. Searches by Subject and Keyword. What Your Search Will Produce. Locating Print Sources. Evaluating Online Sources. Information to Record About Electronic Sources. Summary. 4. READING CRITICALLY AND TAKING NOTES. Reading Actively and Critically: An Overview. Previewing Your Sources. Determining the Quality of Your Sources. Deciding What to Read First. Coping With Difficult Material. Reading to Understand What an Author Is Doing and Saying. Questions to Ask About What an Author Is Doing. Questions To Ask About What An Author Is Saying. Writing To Comprehend What You Are Reading. Critiquing Your Sources. Keeping Track of Sources. Creating Files and a Cataloging System. Creating a Working Bibliography. Writing Summaries (with a Few Words about Annotated Bibliographies). Recording Specific Pieces of Information. Facts or Data. Specifics about the Author''s Views. Dealing with Material an Author Has Taken from Other Sources. Summary. 5. WRITING YOUR PAPER The Writing Process: An Overview. Writing for Readers. Working from Whole to Part. Maps of the Territory. Writing an Abstract: Your First Rough Draft. Reviewing Your Evidence. A Report on a Study or Experiment. General Format. The First Section: Introduction, review of the Literature, Statement of the Hypothesis. The Second Section: A Description of Your Study, Including Data and Methodology. The Third Section: Results, Discussion, Conclusions. Appendixes and Reference List. The Abstract. General Guidelines For Writing the Report. A Review or a Review of the Literature Paper. A Critical Paper. Developing Your Thesis Statement. Writing An Abstract of Your Paper: your Fist Draft. Creating a Map of the Territory. Drafting and Revising. May I Use The First Person in My Paper? And Other Issues Related to Style. Summary. 6. HOW TO AND HOW NOT TO INCORPORATE YOUR EVIDENCE INTO YOUR PAPER. If You Don''t Use and Acknowledge Your Sources Properly, You May End Up Plagiarizing. What Plagiarism Is. Common Sources of Unintentional Plagiarism. Using and Acknowledging Your Sources Properly. Use What You Need Where You Need It--And Document What you Have Used. Using Discrete Pieces of Information. Summarizing the Work of Others. Experts Openly Acknowledge Their Sources In The Body of Their Papers, So Should You. Summarizing The Work and Ideas of Another Expert: How Experienced Writers Do It. Using Direct Quotations Properly. 7. POLISHING YOUR FINAL DRAFT. Copyediting and Proofreading: Some Strategies. Copyediting and Proofreading: Issues to Consider. The Format of the Paper. 8. DOCUMENTING YOUR SOURCES: THE BASICS. Choosing a Documentation Style. Understanding Documentation Systems and Styles. The Two Basic Premises of Documentation. Basic Systems and Styles of Documentation. Systems of Documentation. Numbers. In- text or Parenthetical Citations. Styles of
Overview
1. WHAT IS A RESEARCH PAPER? How to Use This Guide. Overview: What is a Research Paper. Learning, Thinking, and Research Papers. The Evidence. Facts. Inferences. Judgments. Evaluating the Evidence. Sources of Evidence and Types of Research Projects. Summary. 2. WHERE DO I BEGIN? Step 1: The Researcher''s Notebook. Step 2: Deciding on the Research Question/Assumption That You Are Going to Test. Step 3: Formulating Your Research Question/Assumption. Step 4: Formulating Your Working Hypothesis/Thesis. Strategy 1: Discovering Assumptions About Your Area of Investigation. Strategy 2: Turning Judgmental Statements Into Inferences. Strategy 3: Defining Your Terms. Step 5: Choosing Your Research Strategy--Research Questions. A Few More Words About Research Projects and Testing. Studies and Experiments. A Review or a Review of the Literature Paper. Critical Papers. A Research Proposal. A Final Note. Planning Ahead: Developing a Work Schedule. 3. FINDING THE EVIDENCE. The Researcher''s Stance. Sources and Resources. Sources: Where Do I Find What I Need to Know? Authoritative Sources. Resources. The Research Process. What to Expect and How to Manage. Bibliographic 'Filing' Systems. Searching for Potential Sources. Know Your Database. Searches by Subject and Keyword. What Your Search Will Produce. Locating Print Sources. Evaluating Online Sources. Information to Record About Electronic Sources. Summary. 4. READING CRITICALLY AND TAKING NOTES. Reading Actively and Critically: An Overview. Previewing Your Sources. Determining the Quality of Your Sources. Deciding What to Read First. Coping With Difficult Material. Reading to Understand What an Author Is Doing and Saying. Questions to Ask About What an Author Is Doing. Questions To Ask About What An Author Is Saying. Writing To Comprehend What You Are Reading. Critiquing Your Sources. Keeping Track of Sources. Creating Files and a Cataloging System. Creating a Working Bibliography. Writing Summaries (with a Few Words about Annotated Bibliographies). Recording Specific Pieces of Information. Facts or Data. Specifics about the Author''s Views. Dealing with Material an Author Has Taken from Other Sources. Summary. 5. WRITING YOUR PAPER The Writing Process: An Overview. Writing for Readers. Working from Whole to Part. Maps of the Territory. Writing an Abstract: Your First Rough Draft. Reviewing Your Evidence. A Report on a Study or Experiment. General Format. The First Section: Introduction, review of the Literature, Statement of the Hypothesis. The Second Section: A Description of Your Study, Including Data and Methodology. The Third Section: Results, Discussion, Conclusions. Appendixes and Reference List. The Abstract. General Guidelines For Writing the Report. A Review or a Review of the Literature Paper. A Critical Paper. Developing Your Thesis Statement. Writing An Abstract of Your Paper: your Fist Draft. Creating a Map of the Territory. Drafting and Revising. May I Use The First Person in My Paper? And Other Issues Related to Style. Summary. 6. HOW TO AND HOW NOT TO INCORPORATE YOUR EVIDENCE INTO YOUR PAPER. If You Don''t Use and Acknowledge Your Sources Properly, You May End Up Plagiarizing. What Plagiarism Is. Common Sources of Unintentional Plagiarism. Using and Acknowledging Your Sources Properly. Use What You Need Where You Need It--And Document What you Have Used. Using Discrete Pieces of Information. Summarizing the Work of Others. Experts Openly Acknowledge Their Sources In The Body of Their Papers, So Should You. Summarizing The Work and Ideas of Another Expert: How Experienced Writers Do It. Using Direct Quotations Properly. 7. POLISHING YOUR FINAL DRAFT. Copyediting and Proofreading: Some Strategies. Copyediting and Proofreading: Issues to Consider. The Format of the Paper. 8. DOCUMENTING YOUR SOURCES: THE BASICS. Choosing a Documentation Style. Understanding Documentation Systems and Styles. The Two Basic Premises of Documentation. Basic Systems and Styles of Documentation. Systems of Documentation. Numbers. In- text or Parenthetical Citations. Styles of

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