The title of this book is The Process of Research Writing, and in the nutshell, that is what the book is about. A lot of times, instructors and students tend to separate “thinking,” “researching,” and “writing” into different categories that aren’t necessarily very well connected. First you think, then you research, and then you write.
The reality is though that the possibilities and process of research writing are more complicated and much richer than that. We think about what it is we want to research and write about, but at the same time, we learn what to think based on our research and our writing. The goal of this book is to guide you through this process of research writing by emphasizing a series of exercises that touch on different and related parts of the research process.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Elements of Research
Chapter One Thinking Critically About Research
Chapter Two Understanding and Using the Library and the Internet for Research
Chapter Three Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Avoiding Plagiarism
Chapter Four How to Collaborate and Write With Others
Part II: Exercises in the Process of Research
Chapter Five The Working Thesis Exercise
Chapter Six The Annotated Bibliography Exercise
Chapter Seven The Critique Exercise
Chapter Eight The Antithesis Exercise
Chapter Nine The Categorization and Evaluation Exercise
Part III: The Research Project
Chapter Ten The Research Essay
Chapter Eleven Alternative Ways to Present Your Research
Chapter Twelve Citing Your Research Using MLA or APA Style
About the Contributors
Steven D. Krause grew up in eastern Iowa, earned a BA in English at the University of Iowa, an MFA in Fiction Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a PhD in Rhetoric and Writing at Bowling Green State University. He joined the faculty at Eastern Michigan University in 1998.