The Craft of Research

The Craft of Research

Paperback Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing

By (author) Wayne C. Booth, By (author) Gregory G. Colomb, By (author) Joseph M. Williams

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 23mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226065685
  • ISBN 13: 9780226065687
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 332,329

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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?" 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 "acknowledgement 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" a useful guide for anyone doing research, from students in high school through advanced graduate study to business people and government employees. The authors demonstrate convincingly that researching and reporting skills can be learned and used by all who undertake research projects.

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Wayne C. Booth is the George Pullman Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. His many books include "The Rhetoric of Fiction" and "For the Love of It: Amateuring and its Rivals," both published by the University of Chicago Press. Gregory G. Colomb is a professor of the English language and literature at the University of Virginia. He is the author of "Designs on Truth: The Poetics of the Augustan Mock-Epic." Joseph M. Williams is a professor emeritus in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. He is the author of "Style: Toward Clarity and Grace." Together Colomb and Williams have written "The Craft of Argumen"t.