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The Curious Researcher (Ballenger)

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Featuring an engaging, direct writing style and inquiry-based approach, this popular research guide stresses that curiosity is the best reason for investigating ideas and information.

 

An appealing alternative to traditional research texts, The Curious Researcher stands apart for its motivational tone, its conversational style, and its conviction that research writing can be full of rewarding discoveries. Offering a wide variety of examples from student and professional writers, this popular guide shows that good research and lively writing do not have to be mutually exclusive. Students are encouraged to find ways to bring their writing to life, even though they are writing with “facts.” A unique chronological organization sets up achievable writing goals while it provides week-by-week guidance through the research process. Full explanations of the technical aspects of writing and documenting source-based papers help students develop sound research and analysis skills.

 

Up-to-the-minute coverage of documentation styles reflects the 2008 MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, Third Edition and the 2007 supplement APA Style Guide to Electronic References.

 

Synopsis:

An appealing alternative to traditional research texts, The Curious Researcher stands apart for its motivational tone, its conversational style, and its conviction that research writing can be full of rewarding discoveries. Offering a wide variety of examples from writers, this popular guide shows that good research and lively writing do not have to be mutually exclusive.

Synopsis:

An appealing alternative to traditional research texts, The Curious Researcher stands apart for its motivational tone, its conversational style, and its conviction that research writing can be full of rewarding discoveries. Offering a wide variety of examples from writers, this popular guide shows that good research and lively writing do not have to be mutually exclusive.

 

Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction: Rethinking the Research Paper.

Learning and Unlearning.

Using This Book.

            The Exercises.

            The Five-Week Plan.

            Alternatives to the Five-Week Plan.

The Research Paper and the Research Report.

            Discovering Your Purpose

How Formal Should It Be?

            When “Bad” Writing Is Good.

            Thinking Like an Academic Writer.

“Essaying” or Arguing?

The Research Essay and Academic Writing.

Becoming an Authority by Using Authorities.

            “It’s Just My Opinion”

Facts Don't Kill.

            The Question Habit.

1. The First Week.

The Importance of Getting Curious.

            Learning to Wonder Again.

            Getting the Pot Boiling.

            Other Ways to Find a Topic

            What Is a Good Topic?

            Making the Most of an Assigned Topic.

Developing a Working Knowledge.

            Research Strategies

Narrowing the Subject.

            Circling the Lighthouse.

            From Landscape Shots to Close-Ups.

Possible Purposes for a Research Assignment.

Reading for Research.

            Reading Rhetorically.

            Reading like an Outsider.

2. The Second Week.

Developing a Research Strategy.

Google vs. the Library

A Complementary Research Strategy

            Find Sufficient Information by Using the Best Search Terms

            Find Varied Sources

            Find Quality Sources

Developing Focused Knowledge.

            What About a Thesis?

Library Research Techniques.

            Finding Books

            Understanding Call Numbers

Advanced Internet Research Techniques.

            Types of Search Engines.

Living Sources: Interviews and Surveys.

            Arranging Interviews.

            Planning Informal Surveys.

            Conducting Surveys.

3. The Third Week.

Writing in the Middle.

            Becoming an Activist Notetaker.

            Recognizing Plagiarism.

            I Read What You Said and Borrowed It, Okay?

            Why Plagiarism Matters.

            Sources Are from Mars, Notetakers Are from Venus.

Notetaking Techniques.

            The Double-Entry Journal.

Other Notetaking Techniques

            The Research Log: A Jay Leno Approach.

            Narrative Notetaking.

            Online Research Notebooks

When You're Coming Up Short: More Advanced Searching Techniques

            Advanced Library Searching Techniques

            Advanced Internet Search Techniques

            Thinking Outside the Box: Alternative Sources

4. The Fourth Week.

Getting to the Draft.

            When the Experts Disagree.

            An Application Example.

            Deciding Whether to Say I.

            Beginning at the Beginning.

            Deciding on a Voice.

            Writing for Reader Interest.

            Organizing the Draft

            Delaying Thesis Structure

            Question-Claim Structure

            Essaying or Arguing: An Example

            Writing with Sources

Quick Tips for Controlling Quotations

            Grafting Quotes

            Sandwiching Quotes

            Billboarding Quotes

            Splicing Quotes

Citing Sources.

            An Alternative to Colliding Footnotes.

            I Hate These Theses to Pieces.

            Driving Through the First Draft.

5. The Fifth Week.

Revising for Purpose.

            The Thesis as a Tool for Revision

            Using a Reader

            Attacking the Draft

Revising for Information.

            Finding Quick Facts.

Revising for Language.

            Listening to the Voice,

            How to Control Information.

            Scrutinizing Paragraphs.

            Scrutinizing Sentences.

            Stock Phrases in Research Papers

Preparing the Final Manuscript.

            Considering “Reader-Friendly” Design.

            Following MLA Conventions.

            Proofreading Your Paper.

Looking Back and Moving On.

Appendix A: Guide to MLA Styles.

Part One: Citing Sources in Your Essay.

Part Two: Format

Part Three: Preparing the “Works Cited” Page.

Part Four: Student Essay in MLA Style.

Appendix B: Guide to APA Style.

Part One: How the Essay Should Look.

Part Two: Citing Sources in Your Essay.

Part Three: Preparing the “References” List.

Part Four: Sample Paper in APA Style.

Appendix C: Understanding Research Assignments

Analyzing the Purpose of the Assignment

Argumentative Research: Open or Closed?

Audience

Emphasis on Formal Qualities

Types of Evidence: Primary or Secondary

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780205666119
Author:
Ballenger, Bruce
Publisher:
Longman
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Report writing
Subject:
Research
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Academic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
English MLA Updated Books series
Publication Date:
November 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.88 x 6 x 0.57 in 472 gr

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An appealing alternative to traditional research texts, The Curious Researcher stands apart for its motivational tone, its conversational style, and its conviction that research writing can be full of rewarding discoveries. Offering a wide variety of examples from writers, this popular guide shows that good research and lively writing do not have to be mutually exclusive.

"Synopsis" by , An appealing alternative to traditional research texts, The Curious Researcher stands apart for its motivational tone, its conversational style, and its conviction that research writing can be full of rewarding discoveries. Offering a wide variety of examples from writers, this popular guide shows that good research and lively writing do not have to be mutually exclusive.

 

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