PREFACE FOR INSTRUCTORS
INTRODUCTION FOR WRITERS
I Joining the Conversation
1 Getting Started
1a How can I research and write with confidence?
1b How can I choose an appropriate topic?
2 Exploring and Narrowing Your Topic
2a How can I explore my topic?
2b How can I narrow my topic?
3 Developing Your Research Question and Proposal
3a How can I develop my research question?
3b What is a research proposal and how can I create one?
II Working with Sources
4 Reading Critically
4a How does reading critically differ from evaluating?
4b How can I use my research question to read critically?
4c How can I read with an attitude?
4d What strategies can I use to read actively?
4e What should I pay attention to as I read?
4f How many times should I read a source?
5 Evaluating Sources
5a What factors should I use to evaluate a source?
5b Should I evaluate all types of sources in the same way?
6 Taking Notes
6a How can I record my notes?
6b What methods can I use to take notes and avoid plagiarism?
7 Avoiding Plagiarism
7a What is plagiarism?
7b What are research ethics?
7c What is common knowledge?
7d What is "fair use" and when should I ask permission to use a source?
7e Why do writers plagiarize?
7f How can I avoid plagiarism?
7g What should I do if I’m accused of plagiarism?
III Collecting Information
8 Planning Your Search for Information
8a How can I create a search plan?
8b How can I create a schedule to carry out my plan?
8c How can I find out if my plan is a good one?
9 Searching for Information with Electronic Resources
9a How can I search for sources with online library catalogs?
9b How can I search for sources with databases?
9c How can I search for sources with Web search sites?
9d How can I search for sources with media search sites?
10 Searching for Information with Print Resources
10a How can I use the library stacks to locate sources?
10b How can I use a library periodicals room to locate sources?
10c How can I use a library reference room to locate sources?
11 Searching for Information with Field Research Methods
11a How can I use interviews to collect information?
11b How can I use observation to collect information?
11c How can I use surveys to collect information?
11d How can I use correspondence to collect information?
11e How can I use public events and broadcast media to collect information?
12 Managing Information
12a How can I save and organize the information I find?
12b How can I create a bibliography
IV Writing Your Document
13 Developing, Supporting, and Organizing Your Ideas
13a How can I develop my thesis statement?
13b How can I support my thesis statement?
13c How should I organize my document?
14a How can I use my outline to draft my document?
14b How can I draft effective paragraphs?
14c How can I draft my introduction?
14d How can I present evidence for my points?
14e How can I make sure my document is easy to follow?
14f How can I make my document more readable?
14g How can I draft my conclusion?
14h How should I document my sources?
15 Integrating Sources to Frame Your Argument and Avoid Plagiarism
15a How can I use source information to accomplish my purposes as a writer?
15b How can I integrate quotations?
15c How can I integrate paraphrases?
15d How can I integrate summaries?
15e How can I integrate numerical information?
15f How can I integrate images, audio, and video?
15g How can I ensure I’ve avoided plagiarism?
16 Writing with Style
16a How can I begin to write with style?
16b How can I polish my style?
17 Revising and Editing
17a What should I focus on as I revise my document?
17b What strategies should I use to revise?
17c What should I focus on as I edit my document?
17d What strategies should I use to edit?
18a How can I use design effectively?
18b What design elements can I use?
18c How should I design my document?
V Documenting Sources
19 Understanding Documentation Systems
19a What is a documentation system and which one should I use?
19b How should I document my sources?
20 Using MLA Style
20a How do I cite sources within the text of my document?
20b How do I prepare the list of works cited?
21 Using APA Style
21a How do I cite sources within the text of my document?
21b How do I prepare the reference list?
22 Using Chicago Style
22a How do I cite sources within the text of my document?
22b How do I format notes and prepare the bibliography?
23 Using CSE Style
23a How do I cite sources within the text of my document?
23b How do I prepare the reference list?