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Although aimed at students, this book will be a godsend for anyone who finds themselves in a position where they need to write some sort of paper either at a higher level of understanding, or generally something which needs to be broad and deep. Generally this review will be written with reference to the student, but bear in mind its other uses.
This is a serious book for the serious student. It is a book which goes much deeper than anything you will be taught in seminars or one to one meetings with a lecturer.
A big book in terms of content and page size, though surprisingly it is not too thick. It seems to be printed on thin but strong paper.
The book gets off to a really good start and looks at such things as fear of the research paper, defining the research paper, its format, the resons for it. The report paper and the thesis. Drafts and writing the research paper - the steps and schedule.
Most students have to choose a topic, unlike others who may have a more defined area. This helps you hone in on a subject area if you are having difficulty deciding, and for thos e with too much to choose from will help you narrow things down in terms of sucjects that are too big. It also gives advice on topics that are too big, technical, trivial, overused and those that are contemporary.
For those bot familiar with a library, and you will need to be for research, the layout of a library is explained, with all the component deprtments and how they will be useful to you and indeed how to use them. Libraries are also highly organised places, and to know how they are organised is integral to knowing how to use them.
You will at some point want ti think about the thesis. You will need to define it and think in terms of function. You will then need to expand this thinking further into outline.
We are of course in an age where we go beyond the library and use computers and the internet in our research, and as you would expect from a contemporary book, this is explored in good depth.
The actual research part prompts you in ideas of what information to look for e.g you will want to consider single-fact info, general info and in depth info. You then need to know where to look for this. This is the part of the book that looks at indices and using interviews and surveys. Assembling a worling bibliography, selecting your sources and note taking are very well explained. Let's not forget plagiarism! Whether intentional or otherwise, this section discusses the matter and tells you how to avoid it. this is all so important in this day and age when many young people think when a piece of information is hanging from the internet tree it is free to pluck and plunder. Not so!!
Deep as it is, thus far is essentially the introduction to the book's ideas. From here on in these ideas are looked at in even more depth and also takes in the components of style and systems of documentation and a further look at bibliography and various styles of citation.
Eventually we do get to a section of the book dealing with the finished form of the paper - this is generally the panic stage - you have got all that you need and you are heading for the final copy, but also everything else that goes with it, such as thinking through the title page, abstract, notes, endnotes bibliography, peer review..... yes it seems bever ending.
You are also furnished with sample student papers.
The appendices of this book are a godsend of a reference and look at the mechanics of the paper such as how to treat and present numbers, dates, titles. the how and when of italics and underlingin, names, hyphenating words, spaces, puntuation marks, foreign language words, abbreviations... There is also an appendix dealing with general and specialised references.
This is a deep book. It will require some time away from actual study and research, to study it alone. Ideally you will use it as a reference on an as and when basis, though you would be well advised to set aside some time well in advance of when you are expected to think about any research paper you are expected, to give this a good once-over.