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The Curious Researcher: A Guide to Writing Research Papers,9780205319114

The Curious Researcher: A Guide to Writing Research Papers

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Summary

The Curious Researcher offers a fresh approach to research by reminding students that curiosity is still the best reason for uncovering information and ideas. Perfect for instructors eager for an alternative to the traditional text, this author provides ample proof that the research process, like the writing process, can be full of rewarding discoveries. Using a variety of examples from both professional writers and students, this text shows that good research and lively writing do not have to be mutually exclusive. Students are encouraged to not only develop sound research and analytical skills, but to examine ways to bring their writing to life, even though they are writing with facts. This text is designed to battle procrastination as well. It helps students work week-by-week through the five weeks typically allotted to the research assignment, featuring exercises and assignments that will help students write their papers. Though The Curious Researcher stands apart from similar texts because of its motivational qualities, it also features full explanations of the technical aspects of the research paper. MLA citation conventions are given extensive treatment, and APA standards are also explained in the Appendix.

Table of Contents

Contents by Subject xv
Preface xxi
Introduction: Rethinking the Research Paper 1(1)
Collecting Golf Balls on Driving Ranges and Other Reflections
1(3)
Learning and Unlearning
4(1)
Using This Book
4(2)
The Exercises
4(1)
The Five-Week Plan
5(1)
Alternatives to the Five-Week Plan
5(1)
The Research Paper and the Research Report
6(1)
Discovering Your Purpose
6(1)
How Formal Should It Be?
7(2)
``Essaying'' or Arguing?
9(2)
Becoming an Authority by Using Authorities
11(1)
``It's Just My Opinion''
12(1)
Facts Don't Kill
12(9)
Bringing ``Flies'' to Life
13(1)
``Why God Created Flies,''
13(8)
Richard Conniff
The First Week
21(56)
The Importance of Getting Curious
21(11)
Learning to Wonder Again
22(1)
Getting the Pot Boiling
22(1)
Building an Interest Inventory
23(4)
Other Ways to Find a Topic
27(1)
What Is a Good Topic?
28(1)
Checking Out Your Tentative Topic
29(1)
Making the Most of an Assigned Topic
30(1)
The Myth of the Boring Topic
30(2)
Befriending the Library
32(27)
Loving or Loathing the Library
33(1)
The Basic Plan of the College Library
34(1)
The Computer Revolution
35(1)
CD-ROM
35(1)
Internet Access
36(1)
Navigating the Reference Section
36(1)
Knowing What to Look For
37(1)
General Encyclopedias: Getting the Lay of the Land
38(1)
Surveying the Reference Landscape
39(1)
Finding Books
40(6)
Interlibrary Loan
46(1)
Checking Bibliographies
46(1)
Finding Magazine and Journal Articles
46(2)
Indexes to Specialized Periodicals
48(5)
Newspaper Articles
53(1)
Government Documents
54(2)
The Story of a Search
56(3)
Befriending the Internet
59(18)
Three Drawbacks of Internet Research
59(1)
Three Reasons to Use the Internet for Research
60(1)
A Cluttered and Colorful Canvas
61(1)
The Tangled Web
62(1)
Using a Browser
62(3)
A Quick Tour of the Internet
65(1)
Launching a Subject Search
65(3)
Other Subject Search Sites
68(1)
Launching a Keyword Search
68(1)
Query, Query, Quite Contrary
69(6)
Considering Other Nonlibrary Sources: Interviews and Surveys
75(2)
The Second Week
77(42)
Narrowing the Subject
77(8)
Circling the Lighthouse
77(1)
From Landscape Shots to Close-Ups
78(1)
Finding the Questions
79(1)
Finding the Focusing Question
80(1)
Choosing a Trailhead
81(2)
What's Your Purpose?
83(1)
Do You Have a Thesis?
83(1)
Charting Your Course
84(1)
Developing a Research Strategy
85(33)
The Internet Itch: Should You Scratch It First?
85(1)
Library Research Strategy
85(1)
Moving from General to Specific
86(2)
Evaluating Library Sources
88(1)
Why Journal Articles Are Better than Magazine Articles
88(1)
Look for Often-Cited Authors
88(1)
Primary over Secondary Sources
89(1)
Not All Books Are Alike
89(1)
Internet Research Strategy
90(1)
Evaluating Online Sources
90(3)
Key to Evaluating Internet Sources
93(2)
Other Ways to Avoid Disinformation on the Internet
95(1)
Net-Casting: Evaluating the Catch
96(1)
Arranging Interviews
97(6)
Finding Experts
103(1)
Finding Nonexperts Affected by Your Topic
104(1)
Making Contact
105(1)
The E-Mail Interview
106(1)
Finding People on the Internet
106(1)
Making Contact by E-Mail
107(1)
Finding People on Listservs and Newsgroups
107(1)
The Chat Room Interview
108(2)
Deciding What to Ask
110(1)
Finding a Group on Your Topic
110(2)
Planning Informal Surveys
112(1)
Defining Goals and Audience
112(1)
Types of Questions
113(2)
Survey Design
115(1)
Avoid Loaded Questions
115(1)
Avoid Vague Questions
115(1)
Drawbacks of Open-Ended Questions
115(1)
Designing Your Multiple-Choice Questions
116(1)
Continuum Questions
116(1)
Planning for Distribution
117(1)
The Internet Survey
117(1)
Looking Back before Moving On
118(1)
The Third Week
119(48)
Writing in the Middle
119(19)
Becoming an Activist Notetaker
120(2)
Getting a Word in Edgewise
122(2)
``Say Back'' to a Source
124(1)
Recognizing Plagiarism
124(2)
Tactics for Avoiding Plagiarism
126(1)
Checking for Plagiarism
127(1)
Sources Are from Mars, Notetakers Are from Venus
127(1)
Paraphrasing
128(1)
Summarizing
128(2)
Quoting
130(1)
When to Quote
130(2)
Quoting Fairly
132(1)
Your Words, His Words
132(1)
``How the Web Destroys the Quality of Students' Research Papers,''
133(3)
David Rothenberg
A Loop, an Inverted Pyramid, and a Diamond: Three Ways to Use a Source
136(2)
Notetaking Techniques
138(9)
The Double-Entry Journal
139(8)
Digging Deeper for Information: Advanced Searching Techniques
147(19)
First-Level Searching
148(1)
Second-Level Searching
149(1)
Specialized Indexes to Journals
150(3)
Specialized Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
153(1)
Bibliographies
153(1)
Searching the Invisible Web
153(1)
Third-Level Searching
154(1)
Search by Author
155(1)
Using Citation Indexes
155(1)
Bibliographies in Books and Articles
156(1)
Unpublished Scholarly Papers
157(1)
Essays and Articles Buried in Books
158(1)
Expanding the Site of the Search
158(1)
Library Sources
158(1)
Special Collections
159(1)
Audiovisual Departments
160(1)
Pamphlets
160(1)
Other Libraries
160(1)
Nonlibrary Sources
160(1)
Bookstores
160(1)
Writing Letters
161(1)
Lectures
162(1)
TV and Radio
162(1)
Conducting Interviews
162(1)
Whom to Interview?
163(1)
What Questions to Ask?
163(1)
During the Interview
164(1)
Notetaking
165(1)
Conducting Surveys
165(1)
Distribution
165(1)
Looking Back before Moving On
166(1)
The Fourth Week
167(40)
Getting to the Draft
167(36)
When the Experts Disagree
168(1)
Evaluating Conflicting Claims
169(1)
Pointed or Pointless: How Do You Decide What's True?
169(1)
Reclaiming Your Topic
170(6)
Deciding Whether to Say I
176(1)
Getting Personal without Being Personal
176(1)
Presence in the Research Essay
177(1)
Beginning at the Beginning
178(1)
Flashlights or Floodlights?
178(2)
Writing Multiple Leads
180(2)
Three Ways In
182(1)
Deciding on a Voice
182(2)
Considering Purpose, Audience, Subject, and Who You Are
184(1)
The Differing Voices of Research
185(1)
Writing for Reader Interest
186(1)
Working the Common Ground
187(1)
Topics in Which Common Ground Is Hard to Find
188(1)
Putting People on the Page
189(1)
Using Case Studies
189(1)
Using Interviews
190(1)
Writing a Strong Ending
190(1)
Endings to Avoid
191(2)
Using Surprise
193(1)
Considering Methods of Development
193(1)
Narrative
194(1)
Problem-to-Solution
195(1)
Cause-to-Effect or Effect-to-Cause
195(1)
Question-to-Answer
195(1)
Known-to-Unknown or Unknown-to-Known
196(1)
Simple-to-Complex
196(1)
General-to-Specific or Specific-to-General
196(1)
Comparison-and-Contrast
197(1)
Combining Approaches
197(1)
Writing with Sources
197(1)
Blending Kinds of Writing and Sources
198(1)
Handling Quotes
199(2)
Handling Interview Material
201(1)
Trusting Your Memory
202(1)
Citing Sources
203(4)
An Alternative to Colliding Footnotes
203(1)
I Hate These Theses to Pieces
204(1)
Driving through the First Draft
205(1)
A Draft Is Something the Wind Blows Through
205(2)
The Fifth Week
207(28)
Revising for Purpose
207(8)
The Thesis as a Tool for Revision
208(1)
Dissecting the Fish
209(2)
Using a Reader
211(1)
What You Need from a Reader
211(1)
Directing the Reader's Response
211(1)
Attacking the Draft
212(1)
Cut-and-Paste Revision
213(1)
Examining the Wreckage
214(1)
Revising for Information
215(3)
Finding Quick Facts
216(2)
Revising for Language
218(9)
Listening to the Voice
218(1)
Avoid Sounding Glib
219(1)
Scrutinizing Paragraphs
219(1)
How Well Do You Integrate Sources?
219(2)
Is Each Paragraph Unified?
221(1)
Scrutinizing Sentences
221(1)
Using Active Voice
221(3)
Using Strong Verbs
224(1)
Varying Sentence Length
224(1)
Editing for Simplicity
225(1)
Cutting Clutter
226(1)
Preparing the Final Manuscript
227(7)
Considering ``Reader-Friendly'' Design
227(1)
Following MLA Conventions
228(1)
Proofreading Your Paper
228(1)
Proofreading on a Computer
228(1)
Looking Closely
229(1)
Picking Off the Lint
229(1)
Ten Common Mistakes
230(2)
Using the ``Search'' Function
232(1)
Avoiding Sexist Language
233(1)
Looking Back and Moving On
234(1)
Appendix A Guide to MLA Style 235(54)
Part One: Citing Sources in Your Essay
235(9)
When to Cite
235(1)
The Common Knowledge Exception
236(1)
The MLA Author/Page System
236(1)
The Basics of Using Parenthetical Citation
236(2)
Placement of Citations
238(1)
How to Cite When There Is No Author
239(1)
How to Cite Different Works by the Same Author
240(1)
How to Cite Indirect Sources
241(1)
How to Cite Personal Interviews
241(1)
Sample Parenthetical References for Other Sources
242(2)
Part Two: How the Essay Should Look
244(3)
Printing or Typing
244(1)
Margins and Spacing
244(1)
Title Page
244(1)
Pagination
245(1)
Placement of Tables, Charts, and Illustrations
245(1)
Handling Titles
245(1)
A Word about Italic Type
246(1)
Part Three: Preparing the ``Works Cited'' Page
247(23)
Format
247(1)
Alphabetizing the List
247(1)
Indenting and Spacing
248(1)
Citing Books
249(1)
Title
249(1)
Edition
249(1)
Publication Place, Publisher, and Date
249(1)
Page Numbers
250(1)
Sample Book Citations
250(4)
Citing Periodicals
254(1)
Author's Name
255(1)
Article Title
255(1)
Periodical Title
255(1)
Volume Number
255(1)
Date
255(1)
Page Numbers
256(1)
Sample Periodical Citations
256(2)
Citing Nonprint and Other Sources
258(3)
Citing CD-ROMs, Diskettes, and Magnetic Tapes
261(2)
Citing Online Databases
263(1)
Other Recent Changes by the MLA
264(1)
Is It Also in Print?
264(1)
Address Mistakes Are Fatal
265(1)
Sample Online Citations
266(4)
Part Four: A Sample Paper in MLA Style
270(19)
Appendix B Guide to APA Style 289(34)
Part One: How the Essay Should Look
290(2)
Page Format
290(1)
Title Page
290(1)
Abstract
290(1)
Body of the Paper
290(1)
References Page
291(1)
Appendix
291(1)
Notes
291(1)
Tables and Figures
292(1)
Part Two: Citing Sources in Your Essay
292(3)
Part Three: Preparing the ``References'' List
295(11)
Author
296(1)
Date
296(1)
Article or Book Title
296(1)
Periodical Title and Publication Information
296(1)
Sample References
297(9)
Part Four: A Sample Paper in APA Style
306(17)
Appendix C Tips for Researching and Writing Papers on Literary Topics 323(26)
Mine the Primary Source
323(1)
Search Strategies
324(3)
Researching the Author
325(1)
Biographies
325(1)
Primary Bibliographies
325(1)
Researching the Critics
326(1)
Researching the Genre or Tradition
326(1)
Sample Essay: Personal Response
327(12)
``I Can Relate to It'' Is Only a Start
328(11)
Sample Research Essay on a Literary Topic
339(10)
Index 349


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