The Curious Researcher offers an inquiry-based theme throughout designed to remind writers that curiosity is still the best reason for uncovering information and ideas. Perfect for anyone seeking an alternative to more traditional reference works, this book shows writers that the research process, like the writing process, can be full of rewarding discoveries and demonstrates that research papers can be equally interesting and accessible.
Contents by Subject. Preface. Introduction: Rethinking the Research Paper.
Learning and Unlearning.
Using This Book.
The Research Paper and the Research Report.
How Formal Should It Be?
"Essaying" or Arguing?
Becoming an Authority by Using Authorities.
Facts Don't Kill.1. The First Week.
The Importance of Getting Curious.
Befriending the Library.
Befriending the Internet.2. The Second Week.
Narrowing the Subject.
Developing a Research Strategy.
Looking Back Before Moving On.3. The Third Week.
Writing in the Middle.
Digging Deeper for Information: Advanced Searching Techniques.
Looking Back Before Moving On.4. The Fourth Week.
Getting to the Draft.
Citing Sources.5. The Fifth Week.
Revising for Purpose.
Revising for Information.
Revising for Language.
Preparing the Final Manuscript.
Looking Back and Moving On.Appendix A: Guide to MLA Styles.
Part One: Citing Sources in Your Essay.
Part Two: How the Essay Should Look.
Part Three: Preparing the "Works Cited" Page.
Part Four: A Sample Paper in MLA Style.Appendix B: Guide to APA Style.
Part One: How the Essay Should Look.
Part Two: Citing Sources in Your Essay.
Part Three: Preparing the "References" List.
Part Four: A Sample Paper in APA Style.Appendix C: Tips for Researching and Writing Papers on Literary Topics.
Mine the Primary Source.
Sample Essay: Personal Response.
Sample Research Essay on a Literary Topic.Index.