Research Shortcuts

Research Shortcuts

by Judi Kesselman-Turkel, Franklynn Peterson

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Overview

     There are proper ways to research a paper...and there are the ways most students do it: laboriously, tediously, and inefficiently. Here are the techniques and shortcuts that the pros use. They will enable students to find their way to the best resources for their own projects.
     From preparing the preliminary outline, work file, and bibiliography, Research Shortcuts proceeds to using the appropriate resource guides, as well as modern aids to research. It also discusses shortcuts that reach the experts: writing letters that get questions answered, and making face-to-face (or telephone) interviews pay off.
     A final section is devoted to using the research data: first drafts, choosing specific quotes wisely, paraphrasing, and final drafts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299191634
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 10/27/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 116
File size: 448 KB

About the Author

Judi Kesselman-Turkel and Franklynn Peterson write and publish the newsletter CPA Computer Report. They have written hundreds of articles and more than twenty books including The Author’s Handbook, Good Writing, and The Magazine Writer’s Handbook. They live in Madison, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Introduction
PART I: MAPPING YOUR ROUTE: SHORTCUTS TO TAKE BEFORE YOU GO ANYWHERE
1. Decide Who You're Researching For
2. Make Sure You Know What Your Topic Is
3. Isolate the Purpose of Your Research
4. Keep Your Topic's Time Requirements under Control
5. Pick Out the Correct Working Title
6. Prepare a Preliminary Outline
7. Turn Your Research Needs into Precise Questions
8. Determine What Kind of Answers You Need
9. Decide Whether Your Answers Should Come from Secondary or Primary Sources
PART II: PACKING YOUR GEAR: SHORTCUTS THAT MAKE RESEARCH-GATHERING EASY
10. Prepare a Work File
11. Keep a Bibliography as You Go
12. Key Your Notes for Easy Access
13. Take Adequate Notes
14. Keep Your Notes Legible and Segmented
PART III: TRAVELING THE ROAD: SHORTCUTS FOR SELECTING THE RIGHT RESOURCE CENTER
15. Head for the Right Library
16. Learn the Library's Book Storage System
17. Find the Storage Places for Periodicals
18. Discover Where Pamphlets, Clippings, and Nonprinted Resources Are Stored
19. Use the Most Specific Resource Guides First
20. Skim the Front Matter Before You Use a Reference Guide
21. Make Wise Use of Modern Aids to Research
22. Ask the Librarian
23. Research to Fit the Rule of Three
24. Stick to Dependable Sources
25. Skim for Your Answers
26. Find Leads to Literature from Groups with Causes
PART IV: GETTING INTO UNEXPLORED TERRITORY: SHORTCUTS THAT REACH THE EXPERTS
27. Write Letters That Get Your Questions Answered
28. Make Face-to-Face Interviews Pay Off
29. Use the Telephone or E-mail
30. Become Your Own Expert
PART V: ROADMAP FOR A GRADE-A PAPER: USING YOUR RESEARCH MATERIALS
31. Rethink Before You Write
32. Zip Through Your First Draft
33. Choose the Best Specifics in Your File
34. Quote Wisely
35. Paraphrase Carefully
36. Know the Fine Line between Fair Use and Plagiarism
37. Fiddle with Your First Draft
38. Print a First-Class Final Draft

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