Research Writing Simplified : A Documentation Guide

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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Research Writing Simplified isolates the skills related to research and moves students through a series of learning activities that provide practice and reinforcement. At only 80 pages, this is the most concise book of its type, and the most effective. Research Writing Simplified goes beyond explanations and examples to offer focused, sequenced practice in the skills and conventions of research writing. Such practice includes exercises on summarizing, paraphrasing, correctly introducing and formatting direct quotations, the various options for in-text documentation, and correct format of works cited/reference pages. These practice exercises can be the basis of in-class instruction, or they can be assigned as homework. Because answers for exercises are provided, students can also use the text as a self-teaching guide. This text also offers practical advice and general guidance on how to write papers requiring research. The fifth edition has been updated to reflect the electronic revolution taking place in research, including information on Internet searches, electronic database searches, and documentation conventions for all forms of electronic sources. A new section on usage and basic sentence grammar makes the text even more versatile, and updated APA and MLA sections provide the latest information on both guidelines. Its concise format and low cost make this an appealing resource for both students and instructors working on research papers.

Table of Contents

The Research Process
Choosing a Topic
Researching a Topic
Preparing a Bibliography and a Preliminary Thesis
Taking Notes and Outlining
Citing Sources and Academic Honesty
Documentation Systems
In-Text Citations
Avoiding Plagiarism
Practice in Recognizing Plagiarism
Additional Practice in Recognizing Plagiarism
When to Summarize
Documenting Summaries
Practice in Summarizing
Practice in Documenting Summaries
Practice in Writing and Documenting Summaries
When to Paraphrase
Documenting Paraphrases and Using Lead-Ins
Practice in Paraphrasing
Practice in Documenting Paraphrases
Practice in Writing and Documenting Paraphrases
Additional Practice in Writing and Documenting Paraphrases
Direct Quotations
When to Use Direct Quotations
Documenting and Integrating Direct Quotations
Rules for Punctuating Quotations
Practice in Punctuating Quotations
Additional Practice in Punctuating Quotations
Practice in Creating Lead-Ins for Quotations
Practice in Integrating, Punctuating, and Documenting Quotations
Additional Practice in Integrating, Punctuating, and Documenting Quotations
Works Cited and References
General Guidelines
Citing Electronic Information
Sample Works Cited and References with Exercises
Arranging a Works Cited or References List with Electronic Sources
Arranging a Works Cited or References List with Print and Electronic Sources
Sample Student Research Papers
Sample Student Research Paper in MLA Format
Sample Student Research Pap
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