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Craft of Research - 2nd edition

Craft of Research - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 9780226065687

ISBN10: 0226065685

Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth, Joseph M. Williams and Gregory G. Colomb - ISBN 9780226065687
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth, Joseph M. Williams and Gregory G. Colomb - ISBN 9780226065687

ISBN13: 9780226065687

ISBN10: 0226065685

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 03

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Since 1995, more than 150,000 students and researchers have turned to The Craft of Research for clear and helpful guidance on how to conduct research and report it effectively . Now, master teachers Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams present a completely revised and updated version of their classic handbook. Like its predecessor, this new edition reflects the way researchers actually work: in a complex circuit of thinking, writing, revising, and rethinking. It shows how each part of this process influences the others and how a successful research report is an orchestrated conversation between a researcher and a reader. Along with many other topics, The Craft of Research explains how to build an argument that motivates readers to accept a claim; how to anticipate the reservations of thoughtful yet critical readers and to respond to them appropriately; and how to create introductions and conclusions that answer that most demanding question, "So what?" Celebrated by reviewers for its logic and clarity, this popular book retains its five-part structure. Part 1 provides an orientation to the research process and begins the discussion of what motivates researchers and their readers. Part 2 focuses on finding a topic, planning the project, and locating appropriate sources. This section is brought up to date with new information on the role of the Internet in research, including how to find and evaluate sources, avoid their misuse, and test their reliability.

Part 3 explains the art of making an argument and supporting it. The authors have extensively revised this section to present the structure of an argument in clearer and more accessible terms than in the first edition. New distinctions are made among reasons, evidence, and reports of evidence. The concepts of qualifications and rebuttals are recast as acknowledgment and response. Part 4 covers drafting and revising, and offers new information on the visual representation of data. Part 5 concludes the book with an updated discussion of the ethics of research, as well as an expanded bibliography that includes many electronic sources.

The new edition retains the accessibility, insights, and directness that have made The Craft of Research an indispensable guide for anyone doing research, from students in high school through advanced graduate study to businesspeople and government employees. The authors demonstrate convincingly that researching and reporting skills can be learned and used by all who undertake research projects.

New to this edition:

  • Extensive coverage of how to do research on the internet, including how to evaluate and test the reliability of sources
  • New information on the visual representation of data
  • Expanded bibliography with many electronic sources

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



1 Thinking in Print: The Uses of Research, Public and Private
2 Connecting with Your Reader: (Re)Creating Your Self and Your Audience


3 From Topics to Questions
4 From Questions to Problems
5 From Problems to Sources
6 Using Sources


7 Making Good Arguments: An Overview
8 Claims
9 Reasons and Evidence
10 Acknowledgments and Responses
11 Warrants


12 Planning and Drafting
13 Revising Your Organization and Argument
14 Introductions and Conclusions
15 Communicating Evidence Visually


The Ethics of Research
A Postscript for Teachers
An Appendix on Finding Sources
General Sources
Special Sources
A Note on Some of Our Sources

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