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Preparing students for the ever-changing demands of conducting research in today's world, Bookmarks: A Guide to Research and Writing establishes a new benchmark for college research guides, serving as a bridge between old and new traditions for researchers who expect to work regularly in both print and electronic environments. Written in a lively, conversational tone, Bookmarks: A Guide to Writing and Research, offers concrete strategies and models to help students select a topic, refine it, and develop it into a full-fledged research hypothesis; find and position sources; use sources in appropriate and responsible ways to further their projects; and document and complete their final projects for print or electronic publication. In addition to offering such practical advice, the text also asks students to consider important rhetorical issues, such as how to most effectively address an audience and how to craft a considered, balanced argument. Bookmarks encourages students to use new technologies to find reliable information and to use the technologies to locate sources that are most appropriate for their topics and purposes.
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Preface What's a bookmark? A decade ago, the answer would have been simple—a strip of metal, fabric, or paper inserted between the pages of a book to hold a reader's place. But, today, a bookmark can also be understood as a feature in a Web browser, a way to store Web addresses one expects to consult often. Someone familiar with the World Wide Web might even use the term as a verb: to bookmark. What has happened to this simple word provides a rationale for Bookmarks: A Guide to Research and Writing. Just as electronic technology has complicated the meaning of bookmark, it has similarly transformed every aspect of research for college writers and instructors. So we offer Bookmarks as a new generation research handbook, one built on the assumption that students need to know how electronic sources, materials, and methods are altering their relationship to knowledge. And yet we insist that not everything has changed. Bookmarks still do hold readers' places, and research still does often involve familiar activities such as finding topics, browsing indexes, summarizing and paraphrasing sources, and organizing ten-page papers. For this reason, we have carefully designed Bookmarks as a bridge between old and new traditions—a guide for researchers who expect to work regularly in both print and electronic environments. It will be obvious that Bookmarks has been written with the presence of technology assumed. Throughout the volume, for example, we refer to research "projects," not papers, and we treat Web pages, brochures, and multimedia presentations as plausible options for reporting research findings in many situations. We take technology seriously because it creates new opportunities for undergraduates to do serious research in both their local and professional communities. At both the University of Texas at Austin and the University of South Florida, we have watched students using the Web and other technologies grow as writers and researchers, and we have been excited by their achievements. We've also been chastened, occasionally, by Web projects that were more glitter than substance—offered by writers who have failed to read, organize, document, or edit carefully. While much of Bookmarks is genuinely new, the framework for describing research processes and the detailed chapters on documentation draw on materials refined over more than a decade. The result, we are confident, is a research guide that offers writers state-of-the-art advice about college research: the best of an older tradition merged with a thoughtful assessment of the new. Our focus in this book is on offering comprehensive, practical advice for student researchers, including:
An opening section encouraging students to think of themselves as researchers (Section 1a). More than twenty manageable chapters explain the process of research. Specific advice for sizing up research projects and assignments (Section 1b). In particular, writers learn how to read and interpret assignments. A full chapter on project management (Chapter 2), offering suggestions for setting up calendars and timelines. There is fresh advice, too, for working on collaborative projects. A chapter on field research (Chapter 8). Not all research occurs in the library or online, so Bookmarks includes suggestions for conducting interviews, using questionnaires, and making systematic observations. A complete chapter on handling quotations (Chapter 20), offering guidelines for selecting and using quotations. Bookmarks pays unusual attention to rhetorical matters, offering:
A full chapter on finding a topic (Chapter 3) as well as a chapter that helps writers to focus and narrow their theses (Chapter 5). A stasis approach to establishing the purpose of a research project (Chapter 4). Stasis questions also steer the development of thesis sentences and other aspects of the research process. A chapter on drafting the project (Chapter 18) that helps researchers develop cogent arguments for a particular audience. Bookmarks emphasizes the process of evaluating and working with sources, research skills especially critical for success today. We include:
A full chapter on evaluating sources (Chapter 11). The chapter includes a chart that explains the differences between research materials. A thorough discussion of intellectual property issues (Chapter 15). The chapter also provides guidelines for using academic sources responsibly. A full chapter on keyword searches (Chapter 7). The chapter helps writers manage electronic indexes and search engines efficiently. A chapter on positioning sources (Chapter 12). Writers learn how to detect and assess the biases in the materials they are using. A full chapter on summarizing and paraphrasing (Chapter 14). A key feature of Bookmarks is its extraordinarily comprehensive coverage of documentation formats, including Columbia Online Style (COS). This new system of documentation for electronic sources is presented authoritatively by its creator (Chapter 22). In addition, Bookmarks includes detailed treatment of MLA, APA, CMS, and CBE documentation styles (Chapters 23-26)—with comprehensive indexes to documentation items and clear examples of citations as they should appear both in the body of a paper and in the list of Works Cited or References. And Bookmarks includes complete sample papers in MLA, APA, and CMS styles, as well as excerpts from papers illustrating COS and CBE styles. Handy checklists help writers set up important items in research papers including title pages, works cited sheets, and abstracts. Bookmarks itself exemplifies the way technology is reshaping the writing process. The book features a strong visual component, with a photo essay telling the story of research throughout the ages. It begins inside the front cover and continues on each tabbed divider. Screen shots of useful Web sites appear on the reverse of all tabbed dividers. These sites comprise a useful feature entitled "Bookmarks: Web Sites Worth Knowing" which guides researchers to reliable and intriguing sources online. Additional photographs and diagrams throughout the volume illustrate the research process. A full-color, illustrated guide to creating Web pages (p. 185) offers succinct, practical advice for creating and evaluating Web projects. Two complete sets of exercises follow each of Chapters 1-21. The first set introduces writers to specific research skills ("Getting Involved") and the second leads them step-by-step through their own academic work ("Managing Your Project"). Tabbed dividersthroughout Bookmarks enhance access to frequently consulted topics, and a glossary of terms inside the back cover provides easy reference for new or unfamiliar terminology. Supplements Bookmarks for Instructors by Craig Branham of St. Louis University This instructor's manual offers practical suggestions for designing and teaching research-intensive courses with Bookmarks. Rich with references to related readings, it includes discussion of alternatives to the research paper, students' concerns and attitudes about research, intellectual property issues, and ways to present the Internet as a research tool and publishing medium. The text also features several sample documents, including a syllabus, some assignment sheets, and an Acceptable Use policy.Louis University This companion Web site supports Bookmarks with interactive resources for both students and their instructors. For student researchers, the site offers annotated links to essential Web resources, easy-to-use Web page templates specially designed for publishing research projects on the Web, and exercises on source evaluation and Web design. For instructors, the site features a registry where instructors can share links to their class sites and students' work and find potential collaborators. This site provides instructors and students with continuously updated resources for reading, writing, and research practice in four areas: Composition, Literature, Technical Writing, and Basic Skills. The site features "Simulated Searches" which recreate the process of finding and evaluating information on the WWW. It also includes "The Faces of Composition," a portion of the site with authentic essays showing students how others have applied what they've learned in composition—investigation, collaboration, inquiry, and debate—to a wide variety of situations. And the site includes helpful annotated "Links" to an online library, scholarly manuscripts, and the like. These links provide the best information on the widest variety of writing issues and research topics. Daedalus Online This is the next generation of the well-received and highly regarded Daedalus Integrated Writing Environment (DIWE). Developed by top composition scholars, Daedalus Online employs standard Web-based utilities to facilitate a shared writing process among students using any word processor from any computer that connects to the Internet, with secure, 24-hour availability. Students using Daedalus Online can now easily explore online composition resources, employ prewriting strategiesFrom the Back Cover:
What has happened to this simple work provides a rationale for Bookmarks: A Guide to Research and Writing. Just as electronic technology has complicated the meaning of bookmark, it has similarly transformed every aspect of research. So we offer Bookmarks as a new-generation research guide built on the assumption that students need to appreciate both conventional methods of research and techniques associated with rapidly developing electronic technologies.
Bookmarks is designed as a bridge between old and new traditions-a guide for the college writers working in both print and electronic environments. It invites them to think of themselves, perhaps for the first time, as serious researchers.
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