Research Matters

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Research Matters.Make it your own. Research Mattersunites research, reasoning, documentation, and composing into a cohesive whole, helping students see the conventions of writing as a network ofresponsibilitieswriters have ... ... toother writers.Research Mattersclarifies the responsibility writers have to one anotherto treat information fairly and accurately and to craft writing that is fresh and originaltheir own! ... to theaudience.Research Mattersstresses the importance of using conventions appropriate to the audience, to write clearly, and to provide readers with the information and interpretation they need to make sense of a topic. ... to thetopic.Research Mattersemphasizes the writer's responsibility to explore a topic thoroughly and creatively, to assess sources carefully, and to provide reliable information at a depth that does the topic justice. ... tothemselves.Research Mattersencourages writers to take their writing seriously and to approach writing and research as an opportunity to learn about a topic and to expand their scope as writers. By framing writing in the context of responsibility,Research Mattersaddresses composition students as mature and capable fellow participants in the research and writing process.

Table of Contents

Preparing for research
Owning your research
Understand the benefits
Tap personal and professional interests
Develop an interest inventory
Find space in the assignment
Make room in your schedule
Read for discovery
Raise questions
Develop confidence: What do you already know?
Consider presenting your research in an alternate form
Discuss potential topics with friends and classmates
Reading sources
Reading to comprehend
Reading to reflect
Reading to write
Exploring and sharpening your topic
Exploring research topics
Focusing a topic
Developing a research question
Writing a research proposal
The typical components of a research proposal
Analyzing the rhetorical situation
Drafting research questions and hypotheses
Providing a rationale
Establishing methods
Setting a schedule
Choosing research sources strategically
Building a working bibliography
Annotating a working bibliography
Developing a literature review
Formatting the project proposal Sample project proposal
Finding and processing information
Gathering information
Choosing research sources strategically
Finding periodicals using databases and indexes
Finding reference works
Finding books
Finding government publications and other documents
Finding sources in special collections: Rare books, manuscripts, and archives
Finding multimedia sources
Meeting the challenges of online research
Web and database searches: Developing search strategies
Finding other electronic sources
Finding multimedia sources online
Evaluating information
Evaluating for relevance
Evaluating for credibility
Evaluating for reliability
Evaluating logic
Evaluating online texts
Evaluating visual sources
Evaluating oral presentations
Taking notes and keeping records
Choosing an organizer to fit your work style
Keeping the trail: your search notes
What to include in research notes
Taking content notes
aking notes to avoid plagiarizing and patchwriting
Citing your sources and avoiding plagiarism
What are a writer’s responsibilities?
What does acknowledging sources involve?
What you do have to cite
What you do not have to cite
Why are there so many ways to cite?
Drafting to avoid plagiarizing and patchwriting
Getting permissions
Collaboration and source use
Writing an annotated bibliography
What is an annotated bibliography and why write one?
The citation
The annotation
Formatting the annotated bibliography
Sample student annotated bibliography
Developing new information
Archives and primary documents
Getting organized
Writing and refining the thesis
Predrafting a hypothesis
Placing the hypothesis in dialogue with sources
Drafting a thesis statement
Refining the thesis
Organizing your research
Organize your materials and notes
Arrange your ideas into logical groupings
Consider the project's overall shape and genre
Choose an organizational strategy
Spatial order
Chronological (or time) order
General to specific or specific to general order
Problem to solution or solution to problem
Familiar to unfamiliar or unfamiliar to familiar
Climactic, journalists', or Nestorian order
Check for unity and coherence
Outlining exercise
For the visual thinker
Clusters and maps
Arrange your ideas from general to specific: Trees
Storyboards (for multimedia presentations of research)
Site maps (for websites)
Writing your project
Drafting your project
Writing a first draft
Getting ready: Allocating time and finding the right place
Starting to write
Overcoming writer's block
Working on paragraphs
Writing relevant paragraphs
Writing unified paragraphs
Focus the paragraph on a central idea and delete irrelevant details.
Place the topic sentence appropriately.
Leave the main idea unstated
Writing coherent paragraphs
Organize your paragraphs logically, spatially, or chronologically
Use transitions within paragraphs.
Repeat words, phrases, and sentence structures
Use pronouns and synonyms to refer to words used earlier.
Combine techniques
Writing fully developed paragraphs
Support general statements with specific details: Reasons, facts, statistics, examples.
Use rhetorical patterns to develop paragraphs
Writing introductory paragraphs
Writing concluding paragraphs
Connecting paragraphs
Making a visual appeal: Rational, ethical, emotional
Sample student draft
Creating a website
Publishing and maintaining a website
Drafting collaboratively
Supporting your claims and entering conversations
Explaining and supporting your ideas: reasons and evidence
Offering reasons to support your thesis
Providing evidence to defend your claims
Incorporating the counterevidence to your claims
Using visuals as support
Incorporating like an expert
Synthesizing ideas and information
Quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing
Signaling sources
Integrating quotations
Acknowledging sources
Creating transparent, elegant citations
Revising globally and locally
Revising globally: Learning to re-see
Gain distance
Reread your draft
Revise for focus
Revise for audience
Revise for organization
Revise for development
Reconsider your title
Revising locally: Words and sentences
Choose words with care
levels of formality and appropriate usage
general and specific language
Craft grammatically correct, clear, varied, and concise sentences
clear and correct sentences
sentence variety and conciseness
Make a personalized editing checklist
Quick reference: revising globally and locally
Revising visuals
Avoid visual clutter
Keep visuals clear and accurate
Avoid distorting omissions
Don't manipulate
Check placement
Revising with others
The writer's role
The reader's role
Working with a tutor or instructor
Revising and editing a website
Proofreading your text
Designing and presenting your project (10 single spaced pages)
Image matters
Image matters to meaning
Image matters to readability
Image matters to ethos
Making design decisions: purpose, audience, context, and genre
Looking at models
Understanding the principles: CRAP (contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity)
Applying the principles
Creating an overall impression
Planning the layout
Formatting the document
Designing a website
Adding visuals
planning for visuals
multimedia illustrations
Getting It Across: Storyboarding
Deciding whether to copy visuals or to create them
Obtaining permissions and fair use
Incorporating sound and video into multimedia research projects
Ten steps for presenting (about 3 pages on presenting), + slide samples
Documenting research
Conducting research in the disciplines (7 pp single spaced)
Comparing the Disciplines
Social Sciences
In-text citations
Works cited list
In-text citations
Works cited list
In-text citations
Works cited list
In-text citations
Works cited list
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