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Who Says?

The Writer's Research

Third Edition

Deborah H. Holdstein and Danielle Aquiline

Publication Date - September 2020

ISBN: 9780197525494

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

  • Updated MLA and APA Style standards
  • Increased coverage of multimodal forms of presentation, including website and infographic presentations, and the use of social media
  • Expanded inclusion of brief assignments, activities, and examples throughout the text

About the Author(s)

Deborah H. Holdstein is Professor and Associate Chair of English and Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago.

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


"Who Says? provides a balanced, substantial approach to the fundamentals of writing an effective research paper. It should build confidence in even the most timid students by breaking the process down into discrete stages and readily achievable steps. The book emphasizes classical research techniques and innovative digital materials-something for everyone."--Cary D. Ser, Miami-Dade College

"Who Says? presents fundamental information in a charming package. I highly recommend it for its relevance, clarity, brevity, and coverage, especially for a writing-intensive course. I like the way Holdstein and Aquiline present their points: clearly, cleanly, and effectively. Their use of cartoons, illustrations, and even a reference to The Beatles and the Obamas make this text relevant to older and younger students alike."--Moumin Manzoor Quazi, Tarleton State University

Table of Contents


    In each chapter: Stop and Consider

    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 Practice

    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
    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, Works Cited, and References
    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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