Research Papers

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  • Edition: 15th
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  • Copyright: 2009-06-10
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From choosing the right topic to proofreading their finished work, RESEARCH PAPERS,15e helps students confidently tackle the process of creating a successful research paper, one step at a time. Featuring straightforward, step-by-step descriptions—each of which is supported by current examples and hands-on exercises—this edition offers today's students an unparalleled writing resource. In keeping with the authors' commitment to providing the most user-friendly and up-to-date writing manual on the market, students will also find the very latest information on documentation styles, including the 2009 MLA update, plagiarism, and online research, all contained within a convenient large format and easy-to-use spiral binding.

Table of Contents

To the Instructor
To the Student
Shaping Your Topic
Conducting Your Research
Making Preliminary Decisions
The Nature of Your Paper
Your Purpose in Writing
Your Audience
Helpful Techniques for Getting Started
Narrowing Your Subject
Evaluating Possible Topics
Helpful Techniques for Narrowing Your Search
Formulating a Thesis
Writing a Prospectus
Recording Possible Sources
Considering Main Points
Checklist for Shaping Your Topic
Exercise A: Preliminary Decisions
Exercise B: First Steps
Learning Research Resources And Procedures
Understanding the Library
Using the Catalog
Call Numbers
Classification Systems
Online Catalogs
Locating Books
Understanding Internet Resources
What Can You Find on the Internet?
Browse and Search Strategies
Searching Commercial Databases
Types of Databases
Basic and Advanced Searching
Using the Reference Room
The Reference Librarian
General Reference Works
Checklist for Learning Research Resources and Procedures
Exercise C: Exploring the Library
Exercise D: Searching Reference Works
Using Basic Reference Sources
General Listings of Books and Articles
Books In Print
Vertical File Index
Essay & General Literature Index
Readers' Guide
Humanities Abstracts
Humanities International Index
Education Abstracts
Academic Search Premier
Newspaper Indexes
Newspaper Source
LexisNexis Academic
General Indexes
Bibliographic Index
Biography Index
MLA International Bibliography
Citation Indexes
Book Review Index
Book Review Digest
Checklist for Using Basic Reference Sources
Exercise E: Searching for Books and Articles
Evaluating And Recording Material Responsibly
Evaluating Sources
Criteria for Evaluating Internet Sources
Criteria for Evaluating Print Sources
Fact vs. Opinion
Other Sources of Information
Government Publications
Corporate Publications
Additional Library Sources
Personal Research Sources
Using Sources Efficiently
Downloading and Photocopying Information
Taking Notes
Checklist for Evaluating and Recording Material Responsibly
Exercise F: Differentiating Fact and Opinion
Exercise G: Taking Notes
Avoiding Plagiarism
Defining Common Knowledge
Avoiding Unintentional Plagiarism: Paraphrase, Summary, and Quotation
Using Internet Sources
Checklist for Avoiding Plagiarism
Exercise H: Avoiding Plagiarism
Avoiding Plagiarism
Types of Outlines
Running Outlines
Topical Maps
Working Outlines
Formal Outlines
Conventions of Outlining
Examples of Formal Outlines
Sample Sentence Outline
Sample Topic Outline
Combination Outline
Checklist for Constructing Your Outline
Exercise I: Analyzing a Faulty Outline
Writing Your First Draft
Putting Words on Paper
Getting Started
Finding a Time and a Place to Write
Organizing Your Notes
Fine-Tuning Your Outline
Getting Your Draft on Paper
Opening Gambits
Managing Borrowed Material
Managing Summaries
Managing Quotations
Checklist for Writing Your First Draft
Exercise J: Managing Borrowed Material
Preparing Your Final Copy
Effective Revision
Developing Your Outline
Writing in an Appropriate Style
Using the Active Voice
Varying Sentence Patterns
Avoiding Jargon
Writing Concisely
Using Nondiscriminatory Language
Formatting Your Paper
Checklist for Preparing Your Final Copy
Exercise K: Proofreading and Revision
Documenting A Paper Mla Style: Works Cited And In-Text Citation
Listing Sources
Checklist of Bibliographic Forms
Examples: Books
Examples: Periodicals
Examples: The Internet and Other Electronic Media
Examples: Nonprint or Unpublished Sources
In-Text Citation
Examples: Print Sources
Examples: Nonprint Sources
Explanation and Reference Notes
Sample Papers: In-Text Citation
"Understanding and Dealing with Animal Hoarding."
"A Monstrous Joy"
Ambivalent Messages in "The Story of an Hour."
Checklist for Documenting a Paper MLA Style: Works Cited and In-Text Citation
Exercise L: Listing Sources in Works Cited
Documenting A Paper Mla Style: Endnotes
Kinds of Citation Notes
First References
Subsequent References
Split Notes
Sample First Reference Note Forms
Examples: Books
Examples: Periodicals
Examples: The Internet and Other Electronic Media
Examples: Nonprint and Unpublished Sources
Sample Paper: Endnotes
"Decline and Fall of the Oneida Community."
Checklist for Documenting a Paper MLA Style: Endnotes
Exercise M: Citing Sources in Endnotes
Documenting A Paper Apa Style
Listing References
Examples: Books
Examples: Periodicals
Examples: The Internet and Other Electronic Media
In-Text Citation
Sample Paper: APA Style
Michael George: "The School Uniform Debate." Checklist for Documenting a Paper APA Style
Abbreviations and Basic Terms
Scholarly Forms
Library Terms and Abbreviations
Publishers' Names
Months and States
Chicago Manual of Style
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