The Research Project: How to Write It

The Research Project: How to Write It

The Research Project: How to Write It

The Research Project: How to Write It

Synopsis

Now in its fifth edition, this guide to project work continues to be an indispensable resource for all students undertaking research.Guiding the reader right through from preliminary stages to completion, The Research Project: How to write it sets out in clear and concise terms the main tasks involved in doing a research project, covering:* choosing a topic* using the library effectively* taking notes* shaping and composing the project* providing footnotes, documentation and a bibliography* avoiding common pitfalls.Fully updated throughout, this new edition features a chapter on making the most out of the Internet, from knowing where to start, to assessing the quality of the material found there.Other features include a model example of a well researched, clearly written paper with notes and bibliography and a chapter on getting published in a learned journal for more advanced researchers.Whether starting out or experienced in research, The Research Project: How to write it is an essential tool for success.

Excerpt

I have thought carefully about what needs changing for this edition, and what should stand. The biggest change since the first edition has been in knowledge gathering. When I wrote the first edition, paper copy was everything. There were no electronic resources. It had to be published or unpublished paper resources that we considered, with a glance towards oral history and artefacts. The position has now totally changed. The Internet has revolutionized research at the highest level and, even more, at the student level. I have addressed this by adding a chapter by a specialist on using the Internet for research. But I have not excluded what I wrote for the Fourth Edition, since I feel some students may need more elementary information and may appreciate the hands-on approach which has always been a feature of The Research Project. There may be some slight repetition between the original book, now revised and updated, and this new chapter but I cannot believe this will be a problem. This is not a book to be read cover to cover, but rather one to be consulted. The student will take from it whatever is appropriate to the task in hand.

Most importantly the sections on writing the paper are vital. Recent reports from universities have shown that the tick-box approach of much of today's education ill equips students for a task requiring a sustained effort to think and write logically. That is where Chapters 5, 6 and 8 have particular value. Chapter 7, the Specimen Paper, although print-based and written some time ago, has been retained because it shows what is needed in terms of scholarly disciplines and the ability to write lucidly and logi cally. A foreword to it gives some indication how today's electronic resources could have been used effectively.

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