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The Cengage Guide to Research 3rd Edition

Susan K. Miller-Cochran | Rochelle L. Rodrigo

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Help students develop the research skills needed for success in academic, career, and everyday situations with THE CENGAGE GUIDE TO RESEARCH, 3rd Edition. Recognizing that technology is part of daily life, the authors show students how to apply research skills they use every day -- choosing a cell phone plan, for example -- to academic and professional settings. Annotated student samples, research scenarios, and Techno Tips illustrate the "how" and "why" of researching and engage students with research technologies that are important to success. Packaged with a free Cengage Essential Reference Card to the MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition.

Susan K. Miller-Cochran, The University of Arizona

Susan K. Miller-Cochran, now director of the Writing Program at The University of Arizona, helped shape the First-Year Writing Program at North Carolina State University while serving as director from 2007-2015. Prior to that, she was a faculty member at Mesa Community College in Arizona. Dr. Miller-Cochran serves as president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators (2015-2017). Her work focuses on the intersections of technology, second-language writing, and writing program administration. Widely published and a popular presenter, Dr. Miller-Cochran is also a co-author with Rochelle L. Rodrigo on the CENGAGE GUIDE TO RESEARCH (Cengage Learning). She received both her Master of Teaching English as a Second Language (MTESL) and her Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Rhetoric/Composition and Linguistics, from Arizona State University.

Rochelle L. Rodrigo, Old Dominion University

Rochelle (Shelley) Rodrigo is currently Visiting Professor at The University of Arizona. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and (New) Media at Old Dominion University. She was a full time faculty member for nine years in English and film studies at Mesa Community College in Arizona. Dr. Rodrigo researches how "newer" technologies better facilitate communicative interactions, more specifically teaching and learning. As well as co-authoring THE CENGAGE GUIDE TO RESEARCH, Shelley was also co-editor of RHETORICALLY RETHINKING USABILITY (Hampton Press). Her work has also appeared in Computers and Composition, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Journal of Advancing Technology, Flow, as well as various edited collections.

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  • Research in Action scenarios demonstrate how the principles in each chapter might work in a rhetorical context, providing a great starting point for analysis.
  • Techno Tip boxes suggest ways to integrate technological tools into research processes.
  • DIY (Do It Yourself) sections, found at the end of each part, explain three key research assignments—the research proposal, the annotated bibliography or review of research, and the final research essay—via annotated student samples.
  • Write and Reflect activity boxes throughout the text help students at various stages of the writing process.

The Cengage Guide to Research, 2016 MLA Update


1. Research and the Rhetorical Situation.
2. Writing Processes.
3. Identifying a Topic.
DIY: Writing a Research Proposal.
4. Finding Resources through Secondary Research.
5. Conducting Primary Research.
6. Rhetorically Reading, Tracking, and Evaluating Resources.
7. Understanding Plagiarism and Integrating Resources.
DIY: Writing a Review of Research.
8. Developing an Argument.
9. Selecting and Integrating Evidence.
10. Sharing the Results.
DIY: Presenting Your Research Results.
11. Understanding Citation Styles Rhetorically.
12. MLA Guidelines.
13. APA Guidelines.
14. CMS Guidelines.
15. CSE Guidelines.
DIY: Writing a Rhetorical Analysis of Citations.

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