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The Curious Researcher: A Guide to Writing Research Papers, Fourth Edition Paperback – March 10, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0321175212 ISBN-10: 0321175212 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 4 edition (March 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321175212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321175212
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,485,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Enos on November 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
This review is a collaborative writing project completed by a section of ENGL/135 students at DeVry University in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is based on the students' experiences in using Ballenger's book as a textbook during the first three weeks of the class.

We give this book an ecstatic thumbs up! Here are just a few examples of its excellencies:

* Includes good examples.

* Focuses specifically on formal research papers.

* Provides up-to-date guidelines for both internet and library research.

* Presents the reader with a step-by-step guide to writing research papers.

* Is easy to read and well formatted.

* Demystifies its subject.

* Maintains a friendly tone.

* Contains comprehensive instructions on both APA and MLA formats.

* Explains exactly how to format footnotes, citations, and references.

* Discusses ways to find a topic and includes a large list of examples.

* Helps ESL students to master the complexities of formal English writing.

Our only suggestion for improvement: we'd like to see Ballenger elaborate more on such matters as punctuation and grammar in research papers.

Overall, we have found this book to be very useful in our ENGL/135 composition class.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2004
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Forget all the reviews beneath that say this book isn't for college students. These stodgy English Professor types are exactly the audience who are guarenteed to hate a book that promotes and teaches, passion, curiousity, and most important, voice in student research papers. For the rest of us the Curious Researcher is a breath of fresh air. Bruce Ballenger comes at us from a writers, not a teachers point of view. He illustrates how to transform what is traditionally known in the trade as a "terminal paper" into an exploration, brimming with life, fact and literary panache.
He also manages to squeeze in all the fundamental research skills and gives teachers exercizes on how to teach them. Any teacher who sees this book as a "huge waste of time," (see review below) might want to take their cue from UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. "No one is too old to learn the fundamentals." Ballenger brilliantly teaches the fundamentals of teaching voice in non-fiction writing and demonstrates his lessons on each page throught the example of his own writing. This is the Best Book on Research Writing for College or High School ever written. Bravo Bruce!
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Monika on February 28, 2004
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My 200-level college English class is using this as a textbook, and I've been very disappointed with it. It's simply not a college level text. While it is very user-friendly, the material it covers is all stuff a student should have learned long before college. Things like how to write a thesis statement, organize a paper, use libraries and the Internet, evaluate sources for quality, take notes, incorporate quotes into a paper, avoid plagiarism, properly cite sources, use appropriate word choice and sentence variety, and the standards of proper English conventions should all have been taught in middle school / junior high. At this level, the book has been largely useless to me, as it only covers things I already know. The exercises, too, are redundant of little help.
This book would, however, be an excellent text to use in middle school, or even high school. The skills Ballenger teaches here are important, but they should be taught much earlier than college. The format is easy to read, and much less intimidating than many other such books. It's not at all "dry" like so many texts. Ballenger makes frequent use of nice analogies to help the reader understand how certain elements of a paper will help it or harm it. He also gives examples from his students' own papers, which can be very useful. Included in the book are references to valuable Internet research sites, and appendices that cover proper MLA and APA citations. If used earlier in school, this book would be a valuable resource.
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