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The Craft of Research, Third Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) 3rd Edition
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The table of contents, outlined below, shows that the authors cover more than putting fingers to keyboard. Introductory chapters discuss the perspective and information needs of readers and how to connect with them. The authors address development of one's own authentic authorial "voice"--a topic often neglected in books about research writing. The next four chapters teach us how to conceptualize a research question, then find relevant and credible sources of information to answer it. The third edition contains a needed revision of the authors' earlier avoidant stance on the credibility of web-based information, containing good guidance for weeding flakey from factual online sources.
Chapter 7, "Making Good Arguments: An Overview," is the keystone chapter and a relatively quick read at eleven pages. It's where to focus when deciding whether to read the rest of the book. The authors define their working vocabulary of arguments, reasons, evidence, claims and warrants. In this and the following four chapters they show us how to use these concepts to present our points and how to acknowledge and respond to positions with which we disagree. They demonstrate how to do this with integrity as well as skill.Read more ›
The Craft of Research helps students and researchers solve dilemmas like these and more. The authors dissect the anatomy of a research paper and create step-by-step stages that guide you all the way from choosing a topic to polishing your final product.
The major sections of this book address how to form a good research claim that your readers will care about; how to find and evaluate sources; how to support your claim with evidence, reasons and warrants; and how to prepare, draft and revise your paper. The authors use simple and clear language, and if that's not enough, they provide easy-to-understand visuals and diagrams to help make their point.
The authors also cover useful areas such as ethics (why you must always cite even when just discussing an idea of another writer's), the Internet (when it's acceptable to use web-based sources), and visuals (why 3-D graphs are a bad idea).
Sure, some of the advice they provide you may already know, but as the authors cover nearly everything to do with research papers (albeit in a generalized way), there's something for everyone. It's also nice to have a guide that will remind you of everything you learned in your freshman English classes. Clear, concise, and accessible, the Craft of Research is one of the best books on research.
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Will be great when I get to my thesis! The book was highly recommended.Published 24 days ago by D. A. Haugesag
Very useful book for our college writing and research courses.Published 1 month ago by Office Manager
Awesome book for those writing a thesis or dissertation. The book can and will give you many hints and things to ponder as you are writing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Decent reference for my research project. This was a book recommended from my professor and I learned a lot about process of research from it.Published 2 months ago by Shadowflurry
This is a good manual to understand how to conduct research, put it to paper, and revise it. It would have been a useful guide if it had been suggested while I was earning my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nathan Pitsch