WHO SAYS? The Writer's Research

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  • Copyright: 2013-12-02
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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HOW to do research in today's digital age
WHY research is essential to academic work

Written for today's college students, Who Says? The Writer's Research addresses contemporary research issues head on, including research in the age of collaborative information sites like Wikipedia. Authors Deborah H. Holdstein and Danielle Aquiline prompt students to think critically about matters of ownership and authority in order to show them how to find and incorporate credible sources in their writing. By teaching them how to synthesize their own ideas with the ideas of others, this text allows students to develop confident and compelling voices as writers.

Author Biography

Deborah H. Holdstein is Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago.

Danielle Aquiline is Assistant Professor of English at Oakton Community College.

Table of Contents

1. What is Information?
Information and Being Literate About Information
Being Literate-This is a Process?
2. Says Who?
The Writer's Authority, The Writer's Voice
The Rhetorical Situation
Establishing Ethos
Voice and Writing
3. But You Said This Was Collaborative
Understanding Plagiarism
Avoiding Plagiarism
4. Who Cares?
Identifying the Problem
Finding a Topic
Turning Personal Interests into Appropriate Research Topics
Finding Significance and Identifying an Audience
Crafting a Thesis or Posing a Research Question
5. The Wikipedia Problem
Evaluating and Trusting Sources in a Digital Age
Research in a Digital Age
Evaluating Sources
The Good News: Using Wikipedia and Google Effectively
Determining Appropriate Resources
6. What Counts and Why?
Finding & Engaging Sources
Finding Resources
Knowing the Difference: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources
Finding Sources Online
Finding Sources in the Library
Interviewing and Field Research: Generating Your Primary Data
7. Yours, Mine, or Ours?
Collaboration, Scholarly Conversations
From Research to Writing
Integrating Resources: Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting
8. Now I Have Evidence
Writing & Crafting Your Research
Organizing and Strategizing
Planning and Drafting
9. What's Appropriate?
Citing Sources & Citation Formats
Understanding Citations
Bibliographies (and Works Cited)
The In-Text Citation
10. What Now?
Revising, Presenting, Reviewing
Taking One Last Look at Your Thesis
Presenting Your Research
The Final Check-Up
What's Next?
Tidbits for College and Beyond
Writing in Disciplines
Professional Writing
Student Research Paper

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