The St. Martin's Pocket Guide to Research and Documentation

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2011-08-11
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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The St. Martin's Pocket Guide to Research and Documentation, Fifth Edition, is small enough to fit in your pocket but big enough to provide all the reliable help you'll need with research assignments across the disciplines. Offering advice for planning, conducting, and documenting your research, the Pocket Guideincludes new annotated source maps that give step-by-step guidelines for citing print and electronic materials advice on evaluating sources and navigating today's wired libraries tips for about getting started on a research project guidelines for avoiding plagiarism and for quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing sources helpful lists of resource materials, both print and electronic, for over twenty-five disciplines up-to-date documentation guidelines for MLA, Chicago, APA, CSE, and AIP styles sample student research writing in a variety of disciplines and documentation styles

Author Biography

Andrea A. Lunsford is professor of English at Stanford University and also teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English. A past chair of CCCC, she has won the major publication awards in both the CCCC and MLA. For Bedford/St. Martin's she is the author of The St. Martin's Handbook, Seventh Edition, and The Everyday Writer, Fourth Edition; The Presence of Others, Fifth Edition, and Everything's an Argument, Fifth Edition, with John Ruszkiewicz; and Everything's an Argument (with Readings), Fifth Edition, with John Ruszkiewicz and Keith Walters

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 coauthor of several composition textbooks and ancillaries, including The Bedford Guide for College Writers, Seventh Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005); Researching and Writing: A Portable Guide (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006); 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 Preparing for a Research Project    
Narrowing a Topic    
Determining What You Know   
Preliminary Research Plan    
2 Conducting Research     
Kinds of Sources     
Using the Library to Get Started     
Finding Library Resources     
Internet Research     
3 Evaluating Sources and Taking Notes     
Your Working Bibliography     
Evaluating Usefulness and Credibility     
Critical Reading and Interpretation     
Synthesizing Sources     
Notes and Annotations     
4 Acknowledging Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism     
Which Sources to Acknowledge    
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism     
5 Research in the Humanities     
Resources in the Humanities     
MLA Style     
A Student Research Essay, MLA Style     
Chicago Style     
A Student Research Essay, Chicago Style      
6 Research in the Social Sciences     
Resources in the Social Sciences     
APA Style     
A Student Research-Based Essay, APA Style      
7 Research in the Natural and Physical Sciences and in Mathematics     
Resources in the Natural and Physical Sciences and in Mathematics     
CSE Style    
A Student Paper, CSE Style     
8 Research in the Applied Sciences     
Resources in the Applied Sciences     
AIP Style 

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