- Series: Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 3 edition (April 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226065669
- ISBN-13: 978-0226065663
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 384 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
The final six chapters address the actual writing of a research report. Much of the advice on planning, drafting and revising is standard and consistent with other writing guides. Some, such as advice on graphical presentation of data, is an overview of information covered more thoroughly in other books (e.g., Tufte's Envisioning Information). But there is also a great deal of guidance on revising and fine-tuning arguments that is unique to these authors and their framework of written arguments. The closing chapter on style will help writers create clear and understandable structure while following their own authorial style. Recognizing they have presented only an introductory measure of what good writers need to know, the authors close with a comprehensive bibliography of readings, both online and in print.
This book, thoughtfully read and put into practice, is as good as a course in professional writing. Read it, underline in it, bend back the page corners, and keep it nearby when you write your next report.
Brief Table of Contents
I. Research, Researchers and Readers
- 1. Thinking in Print: The uses of Research, Public and Private
- 2. Connecting with Your Reader: (Re-)Creating Yourself
II. Asking Questions, Finding Answers
- 3. From Topics to Questions
- 4. From Questions to a Problem
- 5. From Problems to Sources
- 6. Engaging Sources
III. Making a Claim and Supporting It
- 7. Making Good Arguments: An Overview
- 8. Making Claims
- 9. Assembling Reasons and Evidence
- 10. Acknowledgements and Responses
- 11. Warrants
IV. Planning, Drafting and Revising
- 12. Planning
- 13. Drafting Your Report
- 14. Revising Your Organization and Argument
- 15. Communicating Evidence Visually
- 16. Introductions and Conclusions
- 17. Revising Style: Telling Your Story Clearly
V. Some Last Considerations
The book opens with the exploratory phase of moving from a general interest to problems, topics, and research questions. This isn't a methods book, so I usually pause at that point as we experiment with a variety of methods, but we return to Craft of Research as we begin writing up the results, creating visual displays of data, and assembling the report. Chapters 7-11 are particularly important in understanding how to write persuasive, convincing arguments, support them with data, and address potential rebuttals from resistant readers.
The only criticism that I have is that the discussion of ethics is in an appendix rather than a featured chapter. Otherwise, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
The authors spend a lot of time on why it is important to research before you write and how to do it correctly (hence the title). They bring up good points that have never been presented in other texts I have read.
This is a good read for anyone trying to do research correctly and may need some help with organization, drafting and revising.