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Writing a Successful Research Paper: A Simple Approach

Writing a Successful Research Paper: A Simple Approach

Stanley Chodorow

2011 - 115 pp.

Format ISBN Price Qty
Cloth (no dust jacket) 978-1-60384-441-3
$29.00
Paper 978-1-60384-440-6
$13.00
Examination 978-1-60384-440-6
$1.00

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"Writing a successful research paper is not easy, but Stanley Chodorow's book is so lucid and well organized that, with it as an aid, students will find the process less daunting—and perhaps even satisfying. The sixth chapter, on using evidence, is the best and most helpful thing I've ever read on that crucial topic."
   —Al Filreis, Kelly Professor of English, Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House, and Director of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, University of Pennsylvania

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 This brief, practical guide offers a clear and comprehensive strategy for conceptualizing, approaching, and executing the task of writing a research paper in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, it provides:

  • a critical and process-oriented approach to the tasks of topic selection, formulation of the research question, thesis development, and argumentation.
  • judiciously selected examples drawn from a broad range of disciplines.
  • concise treatment of the aims, methods, and conventions of scholarly research, including the opportunities and pitfalls of Internet use.
  • a wealth of conceptual and organizational tools, and more.

 

Reviews:

"Writing a successful research paper is not easy, but Stanley Chodorow's book is so lucid and well organized that, with it as an aid, students will find the process less daunting—and perhaps even satisfying. The sixth chapter, on using evidence, is the best and most helpful thing I've ever read on that crucial topic."
   —Al Filreis, Kelly Professor of English, Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House, and Director of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, University of Pennsylvania

 

 “From freshman theme to graduate thesis, the research paper is a complex assignment. This readable and engaging book guides students through the process of producing one, explaining not only how to approach each step along the way but also how sound execution of each step contributes to a successful outcome. Its clear organization allows students either to dip into the book as needed or read it cover to cover.”
   —Carolyn Lougee Chappell, Frances and Charles Field Professor in History, Martin Family Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and Director of Structured Liberal Education, Stanford University

 

 "At last!—a short and snappy book on how to approach writing research papers. This volume is a welcome alternative to the thick "how-to" books that stress mechanics. Chodorow helps one think through the process of crafting a research paper. All else follows thereafter."
   —Carol DeBoer-Langworthy, Department of English, Brown University

 

 "Clear, concise, and includes helpful, concrete strategies for students writing papers."
   —Alison Bruey, Department of History, University of North Florida

 

 "An excellent resource—rigorous, thorough, clear. I will definitely use it in upper-level (as well as intro.) English courses."
   —Rachel Hadas, Department of English, Rutgers University

 

About the Author:

Stanley Chodorow is Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, San Diego. He has won four teaching awards and continues to teach undergraduates.

 
To view a sample of the text, please click HERE to download a pdf of chapter 1.

 


 

Contents:

Introduction: Writing a Research Paper
Synopsis of the Research and Writing Process

Chapter 1. Finding a Research Question and the Resources to Write about It
    Getting Started—Choosing a General Topic
    Gathering Information on Your Broad, General Topic
    Finding Your Narrow, Specific Topic
    Evidence and Sources of Evidence
    Finding Sources
    Evaluating the Credibility of Sources

Chapter 2. Reading and Taking Notes
    The Tasks of Reading Critically
    The Mechanics of Reading Critically
        Note-Taking
        Annotating
        The Problem with Highlighting
    Recording Necessary Bibliographic Information
    Recording Your Notes
    
Chapter 3. Formulating an Open-Ended Research Question
    Good Questions
    Why an Open-Ended Question That’s Narrow?
    Formulating Your Question
        Classifying Questions by How, or Whether, They Can Be Answered
        Types of Questions and Answers
    Keeping Track of Questions, Ideas, and Evidence

Chapter 4. Working toward an Answer to Your Question: Focusing Your Reading, Considering Arguments, and Refining Your Question
    Exploring Arguments and Counterarguments
    Reflecting on Your Research Question as You Proceed

Chapter 5. Answering your Question and Constructing Your Argument
    Sort Notes and Texts
    Write a Working Thesis
    Types of Arguments
    The Organization of Arguments
    The Structure of the Paper
    The Functional Components of a Paper
    Argument Chart

Chapter 6. Using Evidence Properly and Effectively
    Directness of Evidence
    Search for Direct Evidence First
    Determining the Validity of Evidence—and Showing It
    Putting Evidence to Work: Weaving a Web of Corroboration
    Explanation and Interpretation of Evidence
    What Is Sufficient Evidence to Support an Argument?

Chapter 7. Using the Work of Others: Crediting Your Sources
    Placing One’s Work in the Context of Earlier Scholarship
    Using the Work of Others
    Citations and the Authority of Your Sources
    Giving Credit Is Essential to the Enterprise
    Strategies for Avoiding Misuse of Sources

Chapter 8. Shaping the Paper: Writing a Prospectus and a Rough Draft
    The Value and Character of a Prospectus
    Writing a Rough Draft
    Using a Rough Draft Worksheet
    The Rough Draft/Prospectus Worksheet

Chapter 9. Revising the Rough Draft
    The Goals of Revising a Rough Draft
    Organizing the Paper

Chapter 10. Copyediting and Final Revision
    Final Revision
    Final Suggestions
    Final Revision Checklist
    Conclusion

Index