Featuring an engaging, direct writing style and inquiry-based approach, The Curious Researcher stresses that curiosity is the best reason for investigating ideas and information.
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. Readers are encouraged to find ways to bring their writing to life, even though they are writing with “facts.” Full explanations of the technical aspects of writing and documenting source-based papers help students develop sound research and analysis skills.
Topics include information on selecting a research topic, the latest information on Internet research, advice on structuring a research paper, and full treatment of MLA and APA citation formats.
Research, General Interest
Introduction: Rethinking the Research Paper.
Learning and Unlearning.
Using This Book.
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?
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.
What Is a Good Topic?
Making the Most of an Assigned Topic.
Developing a Working Knowledge.
Narrowing the Subject.
Circling the Lighthouse.
From Landscape Shots to Close-Ups.
Possible Purposes for a Research Assignment.
Reading for Research.
Reading like an Outsider.
2. The Second Week.
Developing a Research Strategy.
The Internet Itch: Should You Scratch It First?
Library Research Strategy.
Internet Research Strategy.
Three Drawbacks of Internet Research.
Three Reasons to Use the Internet for Research.
The Invisible Web.
Search Languages: Words That Open Doors.
Controlled Language Searches.
Magic Words on the World Wide Web.
Developing Deep Knowledge.
Library Research Techniques.
Understanding Call Numbers.
Internet Research Techniques.
Types of Search Engines.
Living Sources: Interviews and Surveys.
Planning Informal Surveys.
3. The Third Week.
Writing in the Middle.
Becoming an Activist Notetaker.
I Read What You Said and Borrowed It, Okay?
Why Plagiarism Matters.
Sources Are from Mars, Notetakers Are from Venus.
The Double-Entry Journal.
Other Notetaking Techniques
The Research Log: A Jay Leno Approach.
Digging Deeper for Information: Advanced Searching Techniques.
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.
Considering Patters of Development.
The Exploratory Research Essay.
The Argumentative Research Paper.
Writing with Sources.
An Alternative to Colliding Footnotes.
I Hate These Theses to Pieces.
Driving Through the First Draft.
5. The Fifth Week.
Revising for Purpose.
Revising for Information.
Finding Quick Facts.
Revising for Language.
Listening to the Voice,
How to Control Information.
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: How the Essay Should Look.
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: Tips for Researching and Writing Papers on Literary Topics.
Mine the Primary Source.
Sample Essay: Personal Response.
Sample Critical Essay: Formal Response.