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Entering the Academic Conversation : Strategies for Research Writing

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Summary

Entering the Academic Conversation(not final) is a brief guide for doing research and academic writing in college, which welcomes students into the exchange of scholarly ideas within academic communities across the disciplines.

Table of Contents

Contents

 

Preface for Instructors                      

 

Introduction   

 

How We Research, and Why    

 

Entering the Academic Conversation     

 

From Observation to Participation          

 

Starting the Academic Writing Process Now      

 

Making Decisions         

 

Parts of Entering the Academic Conversation    

 

 

Part 1             The Academic Conversation

Chapter 1        Seeing the Academic Conversation  

 

Choosing Your Own Path         

 

Defamiliarizing Ideas    

 

Building Academic Literacy      

 

Form or Content? Escaping the Report Paradigm                       

 

Increasing Responsibility for Knowledge

 

Writing to Seek “More Interesting Problems”     

 

“Less Efficiency, More Mystery”          

 

Considering Interdisciplinary Issues       

 

 

Chapter 2        Building a Knowledge Base and Reading for Informative Purposes           

 

Reading to Build Knowledge     

  Reading Informational Texts       

 

Answering and Developing Questions    

Reflecting on an Evolving Knowledge Base       

 

Building on Information             

Thinking Skeptically      

 

Starting with Facts        

 

Finding Motivation        

 

Chapter 3        Integrating Academic Reading and Writing 

 

Writing as a Process: More Conversation, Less Isolation             

 

Essential Features of the Writing Process          

 

Adding Sources in the Research Writing Process                       

 

Reading in the Conversation      

 

Reading through Multiple Layers           

 

The Reading and Writing Process at Work         

 

Active Reading at Work                       

 

Using Margins to Annotate Texts          

 

Developing Annotations with a Reading Log      

 

Tracking Subject, Organization, and Purpose in Texts     

 

Defining Unfamiliar Terms        

 

Recording Significant Passages             

 

Actively Integrating Academic Reading and Writing       

 

Retracing the Author’s Steps: Notes and Bibliography    

 

Chapter 4        Beginning the Research Process

 

Writing and Reflection: Finding a Subject Area and Creating a Research Question           

 

Connecting Personal and Academic Goals         

 

Positioning Your Topic and Question on a Scale of Abstraction   

 

“A Rose by Any Other Name…”: Adding Hierarchical Order and Describing Relationships         

 

The Scale of Abstraction outside Science           

 

Finding Broader Contexts for Local Issues         

 

Anticipating Your Research Purpose     

 

Developing a Research Question: A Case Study             

 

Making a Tentative Research Plan        

           

Chapter 5        Locating and Evaluating Sources      

 

Researching Large Holdings     

 

Using Subject Headings            

 

Doing Research Online             

 

Distinguishing Types and Purposes of Materials                         

 

Peer Review–the Standard of Academic Credibility      

 

The Peer Review Process in Government and Business  

 

Doing Research with Online Databases–the Basics      

 

Expanding and Limiting Terms with Boolean Operators  

 

Specifying with Quotation Marks           

 

Academic Search Premier Case Study 

 

Reading the Academic Search Premier Title Screen      

 

Hypertext Features in Online Databases            

 

Additional Database Features: Limiters              

 

Getting Articles and Other Sources: Online, Library Stacks, and Interlibrary Loan                                    

 

Moving Beyond Online Access             

 

Narrowing and Refining Searches–a Case Study          

 

Finding the Database That’s Right for Your Research Field and Question            

 

Chapter 6        Incorporating Source Material into Your Writing                

 

Using Source Material Purposefully       

 

Signaling Purpose         

 

Using Quotations          

 

Summarizing and Paraphrasing              

 

When Do I Use a Summary, Paraphrase, or Quotation in My Research Writing? 

 

Considering the Role of the Source Material       

 

Summarizing and Paraphrasing with Purpose      

 

Embedding Source Material in Your Point and Purpose: The Hourglass Approach                        

 

Adding Citations to Source Material: Page Numbers and Beyond            

 

Quotes within Quotes: A Special (and Tricky) Case        

 

Avoiding Plagiarism      

 

Chapter 7        Using and Writing Bibliographies     

 

More than Surveillance             

 

Prompting Further Research     

 

Maintaining a Working Bibliography       

 

Basic Bibliographic Techniques             

 

Locating Source Information for Bibliography Entries     

 

Parenthetical Citation Systems–MLA and APA                       

 

Works Cited and References Lists        

 

Footnote/Endnote Systems–Chicago and CSE  

 

Documenting Electronic Sources and Online Databases  

 

Using Explanatory Notes          

 

 

Part 2             Research Writing Projects

 

Chapter 8        Explaining Academic Terms and Concepts  

 

Acquiring Specialized Knowledge through Definition       

 

Identifying the Conversation through Definition               

 

Understanding Specialized Definitions                

 

Writing Assignment  

           

Drafting           

           

Revising and Editing     

 

Multidimensional Definition: Formal Peer Review           

 

Writing Samples           

 

Chapter 9        Summary and Critical Engagement

 

A “Door to Critical Literacy”    

 

Writing Assignment

 

Summarizing–the Core of Academic Writing    

Rhetorical Analysis–Ethos, Logos, and Pathos           

 

Ethos   

 

Logos        

 

Pathos 


Critical Engagement: Occupying a Position of Authority                          

 

Creating a Reading Log           

 

Reading With and Against the Grain      

 

The Pressure of Assumptions: a Case Study                  

 

Drafting and Revising Your Critical Engagement Essay      

 

Critical Engagement: Formal Peer Review         

 

Writing Samples           

 

Chapter 10      Research Proposal and Annotated Bibliography      

 

Forecasting and Planning the Project     

 

Proposals inside and outside the Academic World           

 

What You Plan to Do–and What You Plan Not to Do   

 

Budgeting Time            

 

Where Are You Now?             

 

Using Your Sources’ Bibliographies to Find More Material         

 

The Proposal: From Reflection to Forecasting    

 

Writing Assignment  

 

The Three-Paragraph Proposal             

 

Essential Proposal Elements      

 

Writing Annotations                  

 

Connecting the Strategies          

 

Proposal/Annotated Bibliography: Formal Peer Review   

 

Writing Samples           

 

Chapter 11      The Exploratory Research Essay: En Route to a Thesis      

 

Writing Assignment  

 

“Hosting” Your Sources                       

 

Building on Core Skills              

 

Drafting and Revising the Exploratory Research Essay      

 

Introduction      

 

Organization–Who’s on First?             

 

Testing Structure: a Case Study             

 

Narrating Process–Emphasizing Your Voice    

 

Generating New Details: A Brief Introduction to Field Research Strategies          

 

Making Informed and Relevant Use of Field Research Techniques          

 

Analyzing Your Data                

 

Human Subject Protocols/Institutional Review Board at Your Campus     

 

Exploratory Research Essay: Formal Peer Review         

 

Writing Samples           

 

Chapter 12      The Formal Research Essay 

 

Writing Assignment

 

Anchoring Your Paper with a Thesis Statement             

 

What Is a Strong Thesis?          

 

Embedding the Thesis Statement in Purpose and Organization                 

 

Thesis First?    

 

Delaying the Thesis      

 

Forecasting Argument and Organization             

 

Outlining          

 

The Evolving Outline    

 

Organizational Strategies           

 

Trying on a New Voice            

 

Integrating General Audience and Scholarly Sources      

 

Moving from Analysis to Synthesis        

 

Anticipating and Addressing Counterarguments              

 

Drafting and Revising the Formal Research Essay  

 

Writing the Introduction            

 

Writing Transitions between Major Parts           

 

Writing the Conclusion  

 

Revising           

 

Formal Research Essay: Formal Peer Review    

 

Writing Samples           

 

Part 3

Chapter 13      Research Dossier: Readings on Surveillance          

Darryl McAllister, “Law Enforcement Turns to Face-Recognition Technology”

 

John Gunders, “‘Here’s Lookin’ at You’: Video Surveillance and the Interpellated Body”

 

Nancy Nisbet, “Resisting Surveillance: Identity and Implantable Microchips”

 

Annabelle James and Chris Taylor, “Video Games: Some Pitfalls of Video Evidence”

 

Nicholas B. King, “The Influence of Anxiety: September 11, Bioterrorism, and American Public Health”

 

Gary T. Marx, “What’s New about the “New Surveillance”?: Classifying for Change and Continuity”

           

Part 4

 

Chapter 14      Design and Editing   

 

Formatting                   

 

Offset Quotations         

 

Elements of Argument              

 

Developing Rogerian Arguments           

 

Purpose                       

 

Organization     

 

Integrating Visual Elements into an Argument    

 

Ensuring Clarity: Paragraphs and Sentences       

 

Tense              

 

Voice              

 

Style                

 

Subject-Verb Agreement          

 

Punctuation      

 

Spelling: Homophones and Idioms          

 

Capitalization                



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