Research Writing in the Information Age

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Allyn and Bacon, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 282 pages
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Research writing, especially in our electronic age, is one of the most challenging and potentially daunting tasks people undertake. In addition to learning how to work with abundant resources, researchers must negotiate many voices, seek out expertise in many forms and places, and use sophisticated electronic research tools with confidence. Luckily, this book is here to help. Written through the collaboration of a librarian, classroom teacher and a rhetoric scholar, this book guides readers through the research process and the role of cyberspace in a user-friendly way. It treats research as a process beginning with invention and exploration, and integrates current technology, research methods, and evaluation of sources to help readers construct cohesive and responsible research papers. The book covers both APA and MLA styles of documentation, with sample papers in each style, and treats both library and electronic research techniques as integral steps in the process. Also included are observation and interview research, real-life scenarios and ways to help the researcher/writer find his or her own voice. Anyone who needs to conduct research.

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Starting Points
Observation Research
Interview Research

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About the author (1999)

Writing under the pen name Judith Arnold, Barbara Keiler is the author of eighty-six published novels. She has been a multiple finalist for RWA's Rita Award, and she's won several Reviewer's Choice Awards from "RT Book Reviews, " including awards for Best Harlequin American, Best Superromance, Best Series Romance, and, most recently Best Contemporary Romance Novel. Her novel "Love In Bloom's" was honored as one of the best books of the year by "Publishers Weekly". Her Superromance "Barefoot In The Grass" has appeared on the recommended reading lists of cancer support groups and hospitals. Her current release is "Hope Street", a single-title trade paperback from Harlequin.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College, Barbara holds a master's degree in creative writing from Brown University. She has received writing fellowships from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has taught at colleges and universities around the country.

Barbara lives in Massachusetts. She is married and the mother of two sons.

Poston is a professor of English at Saint Xavier University.

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