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The Writer's Research

Deborah H. Holdstein and Danielle Aquiline

Publication Date - December 2013

ISBN: 9780199947355

176 pages

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $22.95

HOW to do research in today's digital age WHY research is essential to academic work


HOW to do research in today's digital age
WHY research is essential to academic work

Written for today's college students, Who Says? The Writer's Research addresses contemporary research issues head on, including research in the age of collaborative information sites like Wikipedia. Authors Deborah H. Holdstein and Danielle Aquiline prompt students to think critically about matters of ownership and authority in order to show them how to find and incorporate credible sources in their writing. By teaching them how to synthesize their own ideas with the ideas of others, this text allows students to develop confident and compelling voices as writers.

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.


"This book is outstanding! Students will have a better understanding of the importance of research, not just in academia, but in the world beyond institutions of higher learning."--Cary D. Ser, Miami Dade College

"Who Says? is brief and accessible. The authors respond directly to students' digital realities and their understanding of research and to the teacher's reality in the classroom. Students arrive with mixed levels of preparedness and with different research backgrounds, and this book is designed to be useful at all levels."--Robin Lee Mozer, University of Louisville

"Who Says? is very functional. The prose is clear, friendly, authoritative, and student-oriented and the information is excellent, sound, and judicious."--Marilyn Stachenfeld, Saddleback College

Table of Contents

    1. What is Information?
    Information and Being Literate About Information
    Being Literate--This is a Process?
    Being Overwhelmed--This is a Process?
    2. Says Who? The Writer's Authority, the Writer's Voice
    The Rhetorical Situation
    Establishing Ethos
    Voice and Writing
    3. But You Said This Was Collaborative: Plagiarism
    Understanding Plagiarism
    Avoiding Plagiarism
    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 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 Resource
    6. What Counts and Why? Finding & Engaging Sources
    Finding Resourcess
    Knowing the Difference: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources
    Finding Sources Online
    Finding Sources in the Library
    Interviewing and Field Research: Generating Your Primary Data
    7. Yours, Mine, or Ours? Integrating Resources
    Collaboration, Scholarly Conversations
    Integrating Resources: Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting
    8. Now I Have Evidence: Writing & Crafting Your Research
    Organizing and Strategizing
    9. What's Appropriate? Citing Sources & Citation Formats
    Understanding Citations
    Bibliographies (and Works Cited)
    The In-Text Citations 10. What Now? Revising, Presenting, Reviewing
    Revisingve Evidence
    Taking One Last Look at Your Thesis
    Presenting Your Research
    The Final Check
    Afterword: What's Next? Tidbits for College and Beyond
    Writing in Disciplines
    Professional Writing
    Appendix: Student Research Paper

Teaching Resources

The ebook version is available through CourseSmart.

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