For courses in Freshman Composition, Research Writing, or any course where students are researching and writing. Full of practical writing assignments and supplemented with its own Companion Website, Evaluation Online Sources and a twelve month ContentSelectaA A subscription, this adaptable, state-of-the-art text teaches students to write research papers and to search libraries and Websites in preparation for drafting and documenting research papers. Technically two books in one (a guide to writing research papers and an introduction to traditional library and online searching), it demonstrates how to find sources in libraries and on the Internet (including e-mail, listservs, and online forums); illustrates how to find, evaluate, save, and organize the resources located; and shows how to integrate and cite sources within the research paper.
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The Research Paper: A Guide to Library and Internet Research, Third Edition offers you complete yet concise coverage of traditional and online research. It's full of practical writing assignments, as well as sample papers, examples, activities, and documentation styles across disciplines.
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If you have been assigned a research paper or project, we have organized The Research Paper: A Guide to Library and Internet Research to help guide you through the many research choices available to you and to give you suggestions to help you write your research in a way that you can be proud of.
We recommend a process that begins with understanding the assignment clearly, so that you start off in the right direction. We'll suggest ways to decide upon a topic that both meets the requirements of the assignment and, at the same time, interests you so that you feel motivated to make it the best report you can. Then, we'll help you determine how you want to pursue your research, whether using the library print sources or online sources, the World Wide Web, information from the field that you gather yourself, or, what is more likely, a combination of these.
You'll discover many sources of information, ranging from information that strengthens your ideas to information that is not at all reliable and possibly inaccurate. We'll give you guidelines on how you can decide what is worth using and what is not. We'll suggest ways you can organize your research, from the moment you first start thinking about it until you turn in your final draft.
Toward the end of this book, we offer suggestions on how to integrate what you have discovered into your writing so that it sounds like you and not a collection of other people's ideas. We show you how you can be intellectually honest, citing ideas that others have written, while making sure that your own ideas stand out. In addition to being intellectually honest, like other good researchers, you need to document your sources so that others who may want to read them can find them. Our intent has been to put it all together for you, guiding you through the complete process from drafting to revising to editing.
You'll find three different types of activities in this book. "Try It Now" activities have been designed to suggest immediate applications of what you are learning as you read and how to conduct research in the world of rapid technological changes. "Web Activities" lead you to the companion website where you will encounter both additional sources of help and exercises to test your understanding. Finally, at the end of each chapter you will find "Suggested Activities." We have designed these so that, by completing them, you move step-by-step to your final draft of your research paper or report.
The research skills you learn today will help you throughout your academic program and well into your careers, whatever they may be. We wish you many new discoveries along the way.
University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College
Raymond J. Rodrigues
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