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MARCIA F. MUTH teaches, writes, and edits. She has taught first-year composition at The Ohio State University and now offers writing workshops through the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Denver. She is the author or co-author of several composition textbooks and ancillaries, including The Bedford Guide for College Writers, Seventh Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005) and Harold D. Lasswell: An Annotated Bibliography. Her various projects as a writer and editor have included many grant proposals, textbooks, reports, and other publications.
Table of Contents
1. Defining Your Quest Understanding the Purpose of Research Defining Your Quest Planning Your Project
2. Managing Your Research Project Generating Ideas and Forming a Research Question Organizing Your Project
3. Finding Sources in the Library Searching for Reliable Sources Using the Online Catalog Searching Databases: Periodical Indexes and Bibliographies Consulting Reference Materials Locating Special Materials Selecting Relevant and Reliable Sources
4. Finding Sources on the Internet Using the Internet for Research Conducting Advanced Electronic Searches Finding Specialized Online Materials
5. Finding Sources in the Field Gathering Information in the Field Corresponding with Others Attending Public and Online Events
6. Evaluating Sources Evaluating Possible Sources Evaluating Library and Internet Sources Evaluating Field Sources Reconsidering Your Purpose and Your Thesis
7. Drawing Information from Sources Reading for Information and Supporting Evidence Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing in Your Notes
8. Capturing Source Material in Your Paper Launching Source Material in Your Paper Citing Source Material in Your Paper
9. Avoiding Plagiarism Conducting Research and Writing with Integrity Acknowledging the Thoughts and Words of Sources Crediting Sources Fairly and Accurately
10. Writing Your Research Paper Planning and Drafting Revising and Editing
11. Crediting Your Sources Deciding What to Credit Citing Sources in Your Text Listing Sources at the End
12. Using MLA Style Understanding MLA Style Citing Sources: MLA Style Listing Sources: MLA Style A Sample Research Paper in MLA Style
13. Using APA Style Understanding APA Style Citing Sources: APA Style Listing Sources: APA Style A Sample Research Paper in APA Style
14. Using Chicago Style Understanding Chicago Style Citing Sources: Chicago Style Listing Sources: Chicago Style A Sample Research Paper in Chicago Style
15. Using CSE Style Understanding Scientific Style Citing Sources: CSE Style Listing Sources: CSE Style A Sample Research Paper in CSE Style