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Books take much longer to write than articles and provide a broader look at a topic. Don't forget to include some books, either electronic or in paper, when you are starting your research.
When confronting a book on your topic, you will often not have time to read the entire document. Look at the title page, the table of contents, the preface and the introduction. These pages will give a lot of information about what is in the book. Then you can read the relevant chapters. To make sure you have found all the pages where your topic is discussed, look in the index for your topic.
Research and Writing Reference Books
Entering the Academic Conversation by
Call Number: LB2369 .G68 2011
A brief guide for doing research and academic writing in college, which welcomes students into the exchange of scholarly ideas within academic communities across the disciplines. Publisher comment
Research Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Information Fog by
Call Number: Z710 .B23 2008
Good overview of research process. The topics include database searching with keywords and hierarchies, metadata and the power of controlled vocabularies, library catalogs and journal databases, internet research, learning how to read for research, organizing your resources to write your paper and tips on research writing.
The Craft of Research by
Call Number: Q180.55.M4 B66 2008
This book is a resource for researchers at every level, from first-year undergraduates to research reporters at corporations and government offices. Seasoned researchers and educators, the authors present an updated third edition of their classic handbook which explains how to build an argument that motivates readers to accept a claim; how to anticipate the reservations of readers and to respond to them appropriately; and how to create introductions and conclusions that answer that most demanding question, "So what?".
The LEA Guide to Composition by
Call Number: PE1408 .W594 2001
This in-depth investigation of academic writing is authored by one of our professors, James Williams. In addition to a handbook that focuses on the differences and similarities in the specific conventions that govern writing in the humanities, social sciences, and science, he includes sections on critical thinking, analyzing information and rhetorical devices.
A Writer's Reference with Resources for Multilingual Writers and ESL by
Call Number: PE1408 .H2778 2011
This book covers composing and revising, academic writing, sentence style, word choice, grammatical sentences, ESL challenges, punctuation, mechanics, researching, MLA, APA/CMS, and basic grammar.