Curious Researcher, The: A Guide to Writing Research Papers, 9th edition

  • Bruce Ballenger

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An engaging, direct writing style propels this inquiry-based guide to writing research papers

Featuring an engaging, direct writing style and inquiry-based approach, The Curious Researcher: A Guide to Writing Research Papers stresses that curiosity is the best reason for investigating ideas and information. An appealing alternative to traditional research texts, The Curious Researcher stands apart for its motivational tone, its conversational style, and its conviction that research writing can be full of rewarding discoveries. Offering a wide variety of examples from student and professional writers, the text encourages students to find ways to bring fact-based writing to life. A unique chronological organization sets up achievable writing goals along with week-by-week guidance. Full explanations of the technical aspects of writing and how to document source-based papers help students develop sound research and analysis skills. The 9th Edition has been revised with new features and sections, a new thematic table of contents, and up-to-date coverage of MLA style.

Now available! Free copy of the Pearson Guide to the 2021 MLA Handbook

Download your free copy, for use with this title. Contents include:

  • What Is MLA Documentation Style?
  • The Basic Principles of Documenting
  • A Three-Step Process for Documenting Sources
  • Creating Your Works-Cited List
  • Creating In-Text Citations
  • Researching Online
  • Sample Works-Cited List

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2018

ISBN-13: 9780137527465

Subject: Composition

Category: Research


Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Thinking about–and Rethinking–the Research Paper
  1. The First Week
    • The Importance of Getting Curious
    • Developing a Working Knowledge
    • Narrowing the Subject
    • Reading for Research
  2. The Second Week
    • What Are Your Research Routines?
    • Planning for the Dive
    • Developing Focused Knowledge
    • Keeping Track of What You Find: Building a Bibliography
    • Searching Library Databases for Books and Articles
    • Advanced Internet Research Using Google Scholar
    • Living Sources: Interviews and Surveys
    • Fieldwork: Research on What You See and Hear
  3. The Third Week
    • Writing in the Middle: Conversing with Sources
    • Notetaking as a Scene of Writing
    • What I Hear You Saying
    • Your Voice and Theirs: Using Sources Responsibly
    • A Taxonomy of Copying
    • Plagiarism Q & A
    • Why Plagiarism Matters
    • The Notetaker’s Triad: Quotation, Paraphrase, and Summary
    • Notetaking Methods
    • When You’re Coming up Short: More Advanced Searching Techniques
  4. The Fourth Week
    • Getting to the Draft
    • Organizing the Draft
    • Preparing to Write the Draft
    • Starting to Write the Draft: Beginning at the Beginning
    • Writing for Reader Interest
    • Writing with Sources
    • Driving through the First Draft
  5. The Fifth Week
    • Seeing the “Triangleness” of the Draft
    • Reresearching
    • Local Revision: Revising for Language
    • Preparing the Final Manuscript
    • Looking Back and Moving On

Appendix A: Guide to the New MLA Style

Appendix B: Guide to APA Style

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