McGraw-Hill's Concise Guide to Writing Research Papers

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2/1/2010
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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Write an effective research paper--no sweat!The words "research paper" may send a chill down your spine. You're thinking about the hours of research and the days of writing ahead-and that's after wringing your hands about the topic! Never fear, this concise resource will guide you through the process step-by-step and make the experience painless. With veteran composition instructor Carol Ellison's advice, you'll be able to create a thought-provoking research paper that will get you the best possible grade!McGraw-Hill's Concise Guide to Writing Research Papersgives you the tools to: Organize a helpful outline before you write Find solid evidence at the library and on the Internet to back up your thesis Write effective sentences to support your topic Replace common phrases with attention-drawing wording to properly articulate your ideas Use smooth transitions between paragraphs to keep your paper flowing Craft eloquent summaries and conclusions Avoid accidental incidences of plagiarism Run a thorough check over your research paper before you hand it in

Author Biography

Carol Ellison is an experienced freshmancomposition instructor. She teaches on the writing faculty ofRutgers University and on the humanities faculty of The NewJersey Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Getting Startedp. 1
Interpreting the Assignmentp. 2
Types of Assignmentsp. 7
Choosing a Research Topicp. 10
Developing a Working Thesisp. 14
Analyzing Your Audiencep. 16
Writing a Proposalp. 17
Doing Your Researchp. 19
Searching the Internetp. 20
Using Library and Database Resourcesp. 25
Finding Books at the Libraryp. 26
Using Library Catalogsp. 30
Browsing for Informationp. 32
Looking up Articles in Periodicalsp. 34
Identifying Appropriate Sourcesp. 38
Identifying Reputable Online Sourcesp. 40
Identifying Reputable Print Sourcesp. 44
Reading Criticallyp. 45
Documenting Your Researchp. 49
Narrowing (or Expanding) Your Searchp. 53
Writing Annotated Bibliographiesp. 55
Conducting Original Researchp. 57
Surveysp. 59
Interviewsp. 64
Crafting Your Outlinep. 71
Making Listsp. 74
Making Chartsp. 75
Creating an Outlinep. 78
Identifying a Thesisp. 79
Identifying Topics and Argumentsp. 82
Outlining a Five-Paragraph Paperp. 84
Expanding beyond Five Paragraphsp. 88
Comparing and Contrasting Ideas and Informationp. 89
Preparing Your Draftp. 93
Introductionsp. 94
Paragraphsp. 104
Writing Topic Sentencesp. 108
Adding Evidencep. 109
Writing Transition Sentencesp. 110
Conclusionsp. 116
Revising Your Workp. 121
Avoiding Plagiarismp. 122
Protecting Yourself against Plagiarismp. 123
Choosing a Documentation Stylep. 124
Quotations/Citationsp. 129
Summaries/Paraphrasesp. 133
Bibliographies/Works Citedp. 136
Avoiding Biasp. 140
Polishing Your Writingp. 145
Vocabularyp. 146
Checking Your Usagep. 148
Avoiding the "I"Trapp. 152
Polishing the Prosep. 153
Wordsp. 158
Preparing Your Submissionp. 161
Pictures/Graphicsp. 162
The Final Checklistp. 163
Getting Ready for the Next Timep. 165
Interpreting Feedbackp. 165
Keeping a Portfoliop. 166
The Dewey Decimal Systemp. 169
The Library of Congress Classification Systemp. 175
About the Authorp. 189
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