Research Writing Simplified isolates the skills related to research and moves students through a series of learning activities that provide practice and reinforcement. At only 80 pages, this is the most concise book of its type, and the most effective. Research Writing Simplified goes beyond explanations and examples to offer focused, sequenced practice in the skills and conventions of research writing. Such practice includes exercises on summarizing, paraphrasing, correctly introducing and formatting direct quotations, the various options for in-text documentation, and correct format of works cited/reference pages. These practice exercises can be the basis of in-class instruction, or they can be assigned as homework. Because answers for exercises are provided, students can also use the text as a self-teaching guide. This text also offers practical advice and general guidance on how to write papers requiring research. The fifth edition has been updated to reflect the electronic revolution taking place in research, including information on Internet searches, electronic database searches, and documentation conventions for all forms of electronic sources.A new section on usage and basic sentence grammar makes the text even more versatile, and updated APA and MLA sections provide the latest information on both guidelines.
Its concise format and low cost make this an appealing resource for both students and instructors working on research papers.
Table of Contents
The Research Process. R-1 Choosing a Topic. R-2 Researching a Topic. R-3 Preparing a Bibliography and a Preliminary Thesis. R-4 Taking Notes and Outlining. Citing Sources and Academic Honesty. C-1 Documentation Systems. C-2 In-Text Citations. C-3 Avoiding Plagiarism. C-4 Practice in Recognizing Plagiarism. C-5 Additional Practice in Recognizing Plagiarism. Summarizing. S-1 When to Summarize. S-2 Documenting Summaries. S-3 Practice in Summarizing. S-4 Practice in Documenting Summaries. S-5 Practice in Writing and Documenting Summaries. Paraphrasing. P-1 When to Paraphrase. P-2 Documenting Paraphrases and Using Lead-Ins. P-3 Practice in Paraphrasing. P-4 Practice in Documenting Paraphrases. P-5 Practice in Writing and Documenting Paraphrases. P-6 Additional Practice in Writing and Documenting Paraphrases. Direct Quotations. Q-1 When to Use Direct Quotations. Q-2 Documenting and Integrating Direct Quotations. Q-3 Rules for Punctuating Quotations. Q-4 Practice in Punctuating Quotations. Q-5 Additional Practice in Punctuating Quotations. Q-6 Practice in Creating Lead-Ins for Quotations. Q-7 Practice in Integrating, Punctuating, and Documenting Quotations. Q-8 Additional Practice in Integrating, Punctuating, and Documenting Quotations. Works Cited and References. W-1 MLA and APA. W-2 General Guidelines. W-3 Citing Electronic Information. W-4 Sample Works Cited and References with Exercises. W-5 Arranging a Works Cited or References List with Electronic Sources. W-6 Arranging a Works Cited or References List with Print and Electronic Sources. Sample Student Research Papers. SP-1 Sample Student Research Paper in MLA Format. SP-2 Sample Student Research Paper in APA Format. Writing with Precision. WP-1 Elements of the Essay. WP-2 Major Usage Errors. Answer Key. Sample APA Entries. Sample APA Entries for Electronic Sources. Sample MLA Entries. Sample MLA Entries for Electronic Sources. Index.