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Key Tools of Writing and Research is a guide for the student on writing effective academic papers. Written in easy-to-understand language, this text takes a practical view to writing and research. This book can be used by students and professionals or by those who would like to improve their writing and research skills.
This book takes a quality-management approach to writing, using proven tools and applying these tools to the writing process. Throughout the book, the author uses tools such as SWOTT analysis, fishbone diagrams, and force-field analysis to enhance the writing process. Within this book, a writer will learn:
- significance of academies assets.
- importance of contingency planning.
- synthesis of rhetorical modes with quality-management tools.
- analysis of an outline.
- internet searching using special syntaxes.
- differences between aggregators, databases, portals, and more!
A companion website provides presentations, discussion questions, a glossary, a checklist, and web links that are featured in the text.
List of Figures
Teaching The Text
Chapter 1: Getting Writing Ready
Assessing the Assignment
Student Knowledge Assets
Microsoft Word Readiness
Formatting Line Spacing
Paragraphs and Indentation
Formatting Page Number
Spelling and Grammar Checking
Additional Necessary Software
Adobe Flash Player
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack
Chapter 2: Prewriting Strategies
Begin Prewriting with Research
Choosing a Topic
Team or Group Brainstorming
What is a Mind Map?
Advantages and Disadvantages of Mind Mapping
How to Make and Read a Mind Map
How to Freewrite
Exemplification or Illustration
Classification and Division
Cause and Effect
Compare and Contrast
Persuasion or Argumentation
Chapter 3: Outlining
The Real Purpose of an Outline
Two Types of Outlines
Advantages of an Outline
Supports Thesis Statement
Identifies Main Ideas
Supports Logical and Orderly Thinking
Organizes Paper through Headings
Create Template for Paper
Builds Table of Contents
Adding the Table of Contents
Updating the Table of Contents
Identifies Minimum Number of References
Identifies Keywords for Research
Encourages Effective Time Management and Team Collaboration
Converts to PowerPoint Presentation
Chapter 4: Researching Your Outline
What Is Annotation?
Types of Annotations
Advantages of Annotating
When to Annotate
How to Annotate
Annotated Bibliography Process
Categories of Annotations
Descriptive Annotated Bibliography
Summative Annotated Bibliography
Evaluative Annotated Bibliography
Modified Annotated Outline/Bibliography
Tools for Annotation
Other Notable Mentions
Chapter 5: Internet Research
Following the Bibliographic Trail: Retrospective
Citation Indexing: Prospective
The Wikipedia Trail
Addition and Inclusion
Negation and Exclusion
Google Search Syntax
Social Versus Antisocial Syntax
Bing Query Language
Chapter 6: Finding the Tools for Research
Search Systems in College Libraries
Portals and Open-Source Discovery Tools
Directory of Open-Access Journals (DOAJ)
ProQuest: ACI Scholarly Blog Index
Chapter 7: Reference Managers: Saving and Storing Your Research
What is a Reference Manager?
The Importance of Reference Managers
Reference-Management Life Cycle
Features of a Reference Manager
The Big Four
Chapter 8: Revising, Editing, and Proofreading
Achieving Clarity in Writing
Content, Developmental, and Mechanical Editing
How Long Does Editing Take?
Chapter 9: Plagiarism
What Is Plagiarism?
Types of Plagiarism
Examples of Plagiarism
Causes of Plagiarism
Punishment for Plagiarism
Prevention of Plagiarism
Tools to Prevent Plagiarism
Chapter 10: Bringing It All Together
Instructions for Drafting an Essay or Research Paper