Writing a research paper can be a huge undertaking. To produce the best results, you need to be selective in choosing and defining your topic, take key steps as you go through the research process, be very organized when collecting data from your sources, and then assemble all your information into a coherent, legible, and rational document. It takes skill to complete the steps that will get a top result. Research & Writing Skills Success will help you improve your research skills in just 20 short lessons of 20 minutes a day through basic research and writing tools that you can practice at home.What makes Research & Writing Skills Success so effective?
- The introductory diagnostic test helps you find your strengths and weaknesses. - A streamlined approach - 20 easy to follow steps - leads you through the research process with style and efficiency. - Emphasis on the organization process allows the research paper to virtually write itself. - Examples and models give you a benchmark for your own work. - Each step takes a relatively short amount of time. - The posttest helps you measure what you have learned. - The appendices provide a list of style manuals and research topics you can use.
TABLE of CONTENTS
Introduction - How to Use This Book Pretest Chapter 1: Getting Started Chapter 2: Finding a Topic Chapter 3: Getting Essential Information from Print Sources Chapter 4: Getting Essential Information from Online Sources Chapter 5: Selecting the Best Sources Chapter 6: Interviewing Primary Sources Chapter 7: Notetaking Chapter 8: Beginning an Outline Chapter 9: Finalizing an Outline Chapter 10: Writing a First Draft Chapter 11: How to Write a Thesis Chapter 12: Establishing Tone with Word Choice Chapter 13: Using Point of View Chapter 14: Emotional Versus Logical Appeals Chapter 15: Distinguishing Fact from Opinion Chapter 16: Revising Your Draft Chapter 17: Proofreading and Editing Your Draft Chapter 18: Adding Footnotes, Endnotes, and Parenthetical Citations Chapter 19: Writing a Bibliography
Chapter 20: Writing an Annotated Bibliography, a Historiography, and an Abstract
Post-Test Appendix A: A List of Research Topics Appendix B: Additional Resources