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The Writer's Research

Second Edition

Deborah Holdstein and Danielle Aquilline

Publication Date - September 2016

ISBN: 9780190633479

192 pages

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Retail Price to Students: $25.95

A brief guide that provides students with the tools needed to successfully conduct research in today's digital world


Now in a new edition, Who Says? The Writer's Research is an innovative and brief research guide focusing on information literacy. The text shows students not only how to do research but also why research is important.

Written for today's college student, Who Says? addresses contemporary research issues head on:
--What does it mean to conduct research in an age when we are bombarded by collaborative information through online media and databases like Wikipedia?
--Who owns this information? How do we know?
--As information circulates and changes, do the lines between audience and author blur?
--How should these changes alter our expectations as readers and as writers?

By prompting students to think critically about matters of ownership and authority, Who Says? not only shows students how to find and incorporate credible sources in their writing, but also encourages students to synthesize their own ideas with the ideas of others, leading them to develop more confident and compelling voices as writers.

New to this Edition

  • An expanded overview of academic citation styles, featuring two sample research papers cited in both MLA and APA formats
  • Additional information on presenting research, including presentations with visual materials
  • New checklists for student-centered peer review, providing guidelines that support, not supplant, the instructor's approach
  • New "Initiating Conversation" activities in each chapter


  • A focus on information literacy in the first two chapters engage students in broader conversations about the nature of research writing and the writer's important role in academic conversations
  • "Ideas Into Practice" and other hands-on activities include visuals, charts, checklists, and exercises designed to help students improve their writing and research

About the Author(s)

Deborah H. Holdstein is Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago.

Danielle Aquiline is Assistant Professor of English at Oakton Community College.

Previous Publication Date(s)

December 2013


"This is a brief but pedagogically solid text with a great deal of information to help students through the process of generating researched work from start to finish." --James Allen, College of DuPage

"An excellent short guide for writing research papers, especially in terms of how to construct a research paper." --Nancy Comorau, Ohio Wesleyan University

"Who Says? is a concise and sophisticated guide to doing college level research and writing in the modern age. It offers substantive advice with a sense of humor." --Sonia N. Feder-Lewis, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

"A very good introduction to academic writing." --Angela Williamson Emmert, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley

Table of Contents


    Chapter 1 What Is Information?
    Information and Being Literate about Information
    Being Overwhelmed--This Is a Process?
    Ideas Into Practice

    Chapter 2 Says Who? The Writer's Authority, the Writer's Voice
    The Rhetorical Situation
    Establishing Ethos
    Voice and Writing
    Ideas Into Practice

    Chapter 3 But You Said This Was Collaborative: Plagiarism
    Understanding Plagiarism
    Avoiding Plagiarism
    Ideas Into Practice

    Chapter 4 Who Cares? Identifying the Problem
    Finding a Topic
    Turning Personal Interests Into Appropriate Research Topics
    Finding Significance and Identifying an Audience
    Crafting a Thesis or Posing a Research Question
    Ideas Into

    Chapter 5 The Wikipedia Problem: Evaluating and Trusting Sources in a Digital Age
    Research in a Digital Age
    Evaluating Sources
    The Good News: Using Wikipedia and Google Effectively
    Determining Appropriate Resources
    Ideas Into Practice

    Chapter 6 What Counts and Why? Finding and Engaging Sources
    Finding Resources
    Knowing the Difference: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources
    Finding Sources Online
    Finding Sources in the Library
    Interviewing and Field Research: Generating Your Primary Data
    Ideas Into Practice

    Chapter 7 Yours, Mine, or Ours? Integrating Resources
    From Research to Writing
    Integrating Resources: Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting
    Ideas Into Practice

    Chapter 8 Now I Have Evidence: Writing and Crafting Your Research
    Crafting your Argument
    Organizing and Strategizing
    Planning and Drafting
    Creating the Body of Your Research
    Ideas Into Practice

    Chapter 9 What's Appropriate? Citing Sources and Citation Formats
    Understanding Citations
    Bibliographies (and Works Cited)
    The In-Text Citation
    Ideas Into Practice

    Chapter 10 What Now? Revising, Presenting, Reviewing
    Taking One Last Look at Your Thesis
    Presenting Your Research
    Communicating Your Data or Research Visually
    The Final Checkup
    Ideas Into Practice

    Appendix A Sample Student Essay 1: MLA
    Appendix B Sample Student Essay 1: APA

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