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Academic Research and Writing Inquiry and Argument in College



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This text shows that research is important beyond the classroom and is a necessary component in any career. Beginning with coverage of skills and techniques, this comprehensive text then moves into specific kinds of academic research tasks, showing the generic features and constraints of academic writing. The main issues necessary for understanding how to read and construct research projects are discussed, including plagiarism, copyright and patents, conventions used by different discourse communities, and how writers use sources in different ways. The result is that readers are drawn into the thinking process involved in research.

Table of Contents

Understanding Research: Purpose, Product, and Process
Overview: The Purpose of Academic Research
Assignment 1-1: Start a Research Notebook
Initial Inquiries
How Argument Works in Research Writing Ethos, Pathos, and Logos
Consensus and Controversy
Paradigms and Warrants
The Structure of an Academic Argument
Analyzing Arguments
Logical Fallacies
Some Common Fallacies to Notice in Reading and Avoid in Writing
Finding the Arguments: Some Basics of Library Research
Research and Writing Projects
Assignment 1-2: Preliminary Search of the Library to Collect Basic Information
Assignment 1-3-A: Investigate Who Does Research and What Part It Plays in Your College or University
Assignment 1-3-B (Individual Work): Short Written Profile
Assignment 1-2-C (Group Work): Group Oral Report on Findings
Interviews as Research
Effective Interviewing
Assignment 1-4-A: Interviewing Researchers and Users of Research
Assignment 1-4-B (Individual Work): Written Repot
Assignment 1-4-C (Group Work): Oral Report
Closing Inquiries
Reading, Evaluating, and Responding to Arguments
Overview: Reading and Research
Initial Inquiries
Reading Complex Arguments
Reading for Audience and Purpose
Reading Guide
Reading for the Argument
Reading to See the Construction of the Argument
Reading for Information
Assignment 2-1-A: Reading Questions and Sentence Summary
Reading: Alfie Kohn, "The Dangerous Myth of Grade Inflation," The Chronicle of Higher Education
Assignment 2-1-B:Reread, Highlighting for Cues to Audience
Evaluating Sources
Arguments and Expertise: Peer Review
Checklist for Evaluating Sources
Sidebar: Codes of Ethics and the Professions
Evaluating the Reliability of Online Sources
Assignment 2-2: Written Evaluation of the By Alfie Kohn, Based on These Criteria
Taking Accurate Research Notes: Quotation, Paraphrase, and Summary
Strategies for Note Taking
Taking Research Notes From Written or On-Line Text
Taking Research Notes on "Real Time" Events
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