Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide, Global Edition (15e) : 9781292076898

Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide, Global Edition (15e)

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The definitive research paper guide, Writing Research Papers combines a traditional and practical approach to the research process with the latest information on electronic research and presentation.

This market-leading text provides students with step-by-step guidance through the research writing process, from selecting and narrowing a topic to formatting the finished document. Writing Research Papers backs up its instruction with the most complete array of samples of any writing guide of this nature. The text continues its extremely thorough and accurate coverage of citation styles for a wide variety of disciplines. The fifteenth edition maintains Lester's successful approach while bringing new writing and documentation updates to assist the student researcher in keeping pace with electronic sources.

Table of contents
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1   Writing from Research
  • Chapter 2   Finding a Topic
  • Chapter 3   Organizing Ideas and Setting Goals
  • Chapter 4 Gathering Sources Online
  • Chapter 5   Gathering Data in the Library
  • Chapter 6   Conducting Field Research
  • Chapter 7   Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Chapter 8   Reading and Evaluating Sources
  • Chapter 9   Writing Effective Notes and Creating Outlines
  • Chapter 10   Drafting the Paper in an Academic Style
  • Chapter 11   Blending Reference Material into Your Writing by Using MLA Style
  • Chapter 12   Writing the Introduction, Body, and Conclusion
  • Chapter 13   Revising, Proofreading, and Formatting the Rough Draft
  • Chapter 14 Works Cited: MLA Style
  • Chapter 15 Writing in APA Style
  • Chapter 16   The Footnote System: CMS Style
  • Chapter 17   CSE Style for the Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Chapter 18   Creating Electronic Research Projects
  • Appendix A   Glossary: Rules and Techniques for Preparing the Manuscript in MLA Style
  • Appendix B   Finding Reference Works for Your General Topic
  • Credits
  • Index
New to this edition

  • New “Clear Targets” at the beginning of each chapter provide learning objectives to assist as a ready guide for finding documentation information quickly and to chart the direction for students’ research project.
  • Updated coverage of MLA and APA styles brings students up to speed with the latest revisions and examples to the two most commonly assigned documentation styles. Both MLA (Ch. 14) and APA (Ch. 15) now handle electronic source documentation differently than in the past, and this new edition provides all the details.
  • New explanations of research techniques (Ch. 4) using social network sites, such as blogs, wikis, and keyword searches with expanded Boolean operators to ensure that you know about and can utilize cutting-edge research tools and strategies.

Features & benefits
  • Step-by-step instruction in a clear, non-intimidating writing style, takes the reader from the selection and narrowing of a topic, through research, note taking, planning, drafting, and revising, to preparation of the finished document.
  • Unparalleled coverage of using and evaluating print and electronic sources, including extensive examples of how to summarise, paraphrase, and quote appropriately.
  • The text's four-colour design makes the information more accessible to students, and the incorporation of sample papers in diverse disciplines provides students with more writing examples than any other research writing guide available.
  • Featuring a strong emphasis on Internet research, every chapter explores how Internet affects the various aspects of the entire research paper writing process –from topic searches to documentation of sources.
  • Seven fully documented student sample papers illustrate how actual students approached their topics. Sample papers include representative online sources to help students apply proper documentation style to the wide variety of Internet sources now available.
  • Detailed MLA, APA, CMS, and CSE guidelines and models for citing electronic sources reflect the latest changes to these documentation systems.