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WRITING THE RESEARCH PAPER: A HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition, is an easily accessible handbook that provides students with simple, specific information on the conventions of the research paper. With its easy-to-digest steps that demystify the writing process, this handbook enables students to work independently in the creation of their research papers-throughout their college careers and beyond. Comprehensive, up-to-date information is conveyed in a calm and reassuring voice that encourages students to turn to any section of the text at any time for immediate, expert assistance. Each self-contained section is as concise as possible, and can be effectively used in any order, depending on the needs of the individual and course.
- The text breaks writing the research paper into easy-to-digest steps that demystify the writing process.
- The Eighth Edition has been updated throughout to reflect the 2009 MLA and APA documentation guidelines.
- The student-friendly writing style maintains a calm, reassuring tone that keeps students focused on the task at hand and gives them confidence in their ability to master each step of the paper-writing process.
- Each of the twelve sections of the text is self-contained, making WRITING THE RESEARCH PAPER: A HANDBOOK suitable for in-class use or as a reference guide, extending the book’s usefulness to every course and every research paper that students may write during their academic careers and beyond.
Hatred of the research paper. Definition of the research paper. Format of the research paper. Reasons for the research paper. The report paper and the thesis paper. Drafts of the research paper. Writing the research paper: Steps and schedule. FAQ.
2. CHOOSING A TOPIC.
How to choose a topic. Topics to avoid. Narrowing the topic. FAQ.
3. THE LIBRARY.
Layout of the library. The computer. Online full-text databases. Microform indexes. Stacks. Main desk. Reserve desk. Audiovisual room. Microform room. Newspaper racks. Computer room. Carrels. Organization of the library collections. The Dewey Decimal System. The Cutter-Sanborn Author Marks. The Library of Congress Classiﬁcation System. Classification of periodicals. Classiﬁcation of nonbooks.
4. USING THE COMPUTER IN YOUR RESEARCH.
Computers and the research paper. The Internet. The World Wide Web. Online resources. Databases. Electronic journals. Online public-access catalogs (OPACs). Blogs and Social networks. Researching with search engines. Finding a search engine. Usenet, Listserv, telnet, and gopher. Evaluating Internet sources. Running a search. Useful Internet sites. FAQ.
5. DOING THE RESEARCH.
What information to look for. Where to look for information. Assembling a working bibliography. Selecting your sources: Skimming. Note-taking. Plagiarism and how to avoid it.
6. THE THESIS AND THE OUTLINE.
The thesis: Definition and function. The outline. Choosing an outline form.
7. TRANSFORMING THE NOTES INTO A ROUGH DRAFT.
Preparing to write the rough draft: A checklist. Writer’s block. Writing with a computer. Using your notes in the paper. How to use quotations to explore and discover. Writing with unity, coherence, and emphasis. Using the proper tense. Using graphics in your research paper. Writing the abstract.
8. Revising Your Rough Draft.
Principles of revision. Revising the opening paragraph. Revising sentences for variety and style. Revising words: Diction. Rules for Writers. Not.
9. THE MLA SYSTEM OF DOCUMENTATION.
Parenthetical documentation: Author-work (MLA). What to document. Format for “Works Cited” (MLA). Content notes. Finished form of the MLA paper. Peer review checklist. Submitting your paper electronically.
10. THE APA SYSTEM OF DOCUMENTATION.
Parenthetical documentation: Author-date (APA). Format for “References” (APA). Writing the abstract. Finished form of the paper. Peer review checklist. Submitting your paper electronically.
11. THE TRADITIONAL STYLE OF DOCUMENTATION (CMS)
Footnotes and endnotes. Subsequent references in footnotes and endnotes. Electronic sources. Finished form of the paper. Pagination and text format. Content or reference notes. Bibliography. Peer review checklist. Submitting your paper electronically.
12. SAMPLE STUDENT PAPERS.
Paper using author-work documentation (MLA). Paper using author-date documentation (APA). Paper using footnote documentation (CMS).