Summary: Help for a new generation of researchers. The Bedford Researcher recognizes changes and new challenges in the way writers search for, collect, evaluate, and work with sources. First, it helps researchers strategize before searching -- so that they learn to match their research question to the most promising online, print, or field resources. It also presents the most comprehensive coverage of electronic resources such as databases and Web search sites of any college ...show moreresearch guide and offers practical help with collecting sources and recording bibliographic information. With special emphasis on thinking critically about Web sources, it teaches important evaluation skills. Finally, the text, CD-ROM, and Web site all include resources designed specifically to help research writers avoid plagiarism.Edition/Copyright: 03
- 3 fully integrated learning tools in a thoroughly cross-referenced package. The Bedford Researcher system supports students as they plan, research, and write source-based documents -- in print or online. All three components are cross-referenced, taking students to just the right resources for their research writing needs -- whether in the text, on the CD-ROM, or on the Web site. For example, there are references to the companion site and the software within the text; the worksheets in Research Assistant conveniently link out to the Web site; and the structure and navigation of the companion site reflect the book's organization.
- 1. The text offers comprehensive coverage and practical help.This process-oriented research rhetoric helps students to work competently and confidently through each stage of the research writing process. Solid coverage of traditional topics like narrowing a topic, writing a thesis, taking notes, organizing support, and integrating and documenting sources is paired with activities, checklists, and other resources that help students connect the text's concepts with their own work.
- Detailed real-life case studies of student researchers. Discussions throughout the text and on the Web site are illustrated in part through the work of eight Featured Writers -- students whose projects range from traditional research essays to source-based Web sites and feature articles. Users of The Bedford Researcher can follow the processes of these students -- their peers -- as they plan and conduct their own research, draft and revise their own project documents, and reflect on their own processes.
- Key information is easy to find. The strengths of a process-oriented rhetoric are combined with the practical ease of use of a handbook. Strategic design makes headings, illustrations, activities, tips, and documentation guidelines clear and accessible. "Key Questions" structure each chapter and allow users to find information quickly. Corner tabs and navigation bars help students to keep track of where they are in the research writing process. Finally, a thorough cross-referencing system directs students to the help they need -- within the text, on the Research Assistant CD-ROM, or on the Web site -- when they need it.
- Teaches strategies for avoiding plagiarism. Straightforward discussions and clear models help students to avoid potential troublespots such as incorrect quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing of source information; lack of clear distinction between the research writer's ideas and the ideas in a source; and improper documentation of sources. The text also includes discussions of common knowledge, special considerations for collaborative writing, a handy checklist for avoiding plagiarism, and guidelines for citing sources in five different formats.
- Useful across the curriculum. So that students will have access to research writing help in their composition course and beyond, examples and models span the disciplines. Part Five features guidelines for writing papers in MLA, APA, Chicago, and CBE style -- and each of these is supported by the bibliography tools on the Web site and in the software. A full chapter on documenting sources using Columbia online style is also included in the text.
- Project management prompts keep researchers on track. In Chapter 1, students are taught how to create and use a Project Timeline to plan and manage their project. Each of the book's five parts closes by prompting students to revisit their project timeline (in print or online) to monitor their progress on their research project.
- The text's activities promote interactivity. The text includes 50 "Your Research Project"activities that allow students to apply what they learn to their own projects. Though the activities direct students to The Research Log on the Web site or to the Research Assistant CD-ROM, they can also be completed by hand in a notebook.
- 2.Research Assistant HyperFolio® facilitates research on the Web and in the library. Students can use this CD-ROM (included free with the text) to collect, store, organize, evaluate, and document research sources found both online and off. Winner of the Computers and Writing 2002 Technology Product Design competition, Research Assistant is easy to use.
- Acts as a dynamic filing cabinet. Research Assistant provides a convenient way for researchers to collect all the information needed for a project in a single place. It allows researchers to select sources from anywhere on the Web or on their desktops and drag-and-drop them into a research collection.
- Encourages documentation; discourages plagiarism. A Note Card is automatically created for every source collected, prompting students to record important bibliographic information.
- Helps with evaluating sources. The Note Card also guides students through evaluating each source, helping them consider the reliability of the source and its usefulness to their research project.
- Provides tools for analyzing and organizing sources. Built-in worksheets give students a flexible set of tools for organizing and presenting the results of their research and help them analyze their sources in the context of specific paper assignments.
- Moves students into writing. Research Assistant allows students to export to a word processor not only the content of the sources themselves, but also a draft bibliography, completed note cards, and any worksheets created.
- 3.The Bedford Researcher Web site provides tools designed specifically for an interactive environment. A rich array of student and instructor resources extends the text and offers thorough support for every stage of the research writing process. The site also features over 1,000 annotated links to sources in specific disciplines such as psychology, marketing, and women's studies.
- Unique interactive Research Log is a useful portfolio. This tool on the Web site helps students to manage their research materials -- from planning notes and prewriting to outlines and full drafts. Within the Research Log, students complete the activities from the text and a number of other project-related tasks, such as building and maintaining their working bibliography.
- Interactive tutorials provide how-to help. Fifteen tutorials walk students through research and writing processes including searching a database and integrating quotations.
- Featured writers provide solid models. The site includes sample research documents written by and interviews with the eight students featured in the text.
- Checklists help students complete research writing tasks.
- Activities link book content to students' own research projects.
- Online Manuals flesh out topics covered briefly in the text.
- Key resources help students avoid plagiarism. Tutorials on integrating quotations, paraphrases, and summaries help students use source information responsibly. In addition, the Working Bibliography tool helps students document source information correctly
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Publisher: Bedford Books
Year Published: 2003
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