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The Elements of Style Cover Image
ISBN: 9780205309023
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Published: Pearson - August 2nd, 1999

The Featherweight Champion of writing guides, now in a fourth edition.
The Elements of Style has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. A new Glossary of the grammatical terms provides a convenient reference; the discussion of pronoun use is revised to reflect contemporary concern with sexist language; and a new Foreword by Charles Osgood reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered. But the revisions have been kept minimal in order to retain the book's unique tone, wit, and charm. Use "the little book" to make a big impact with writing.

The Craft of Research Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226065663
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Published: University of Chicago Press - May 1st, 2008

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?"
Celebrated by reviewers for its logic and clarity, this popular book provides an orientation to the research process, guides the reader in finding a topic, planning the project, and locating appropriate sources, explains the art of making an argument and supporting it, covers drafting and revising, and discusses the ethics of research. The new edition retains the accessibility, insights, and directness of the original while providing updated information on topics such as internet research and the visual display of information; and many sections have been revised for increased clarity and accessibility.
The Craft of Research is an indispensable guide for anyone doing research, from students in high school through advanced graduate study to businesspeople and government employees. The authors demonstrate convincingly that researching and reporting skills can be learned and used by all who undertake research projects.

Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article: Second Edition Cover Image
By Howard S. Becker, Pamela Richards (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780226041322
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Published: University of Chicago Press - November 1st, 2007

Students and researchers all write under pressure, and those pressures - most lamentably, the desire to impress your audience rather than to communicate with them - often lead to pretentious prose, academic posturing, and, not infrequently, writer's block. Sociologist Howard S. Becker has written "the" classic book on how to conquer these pressures and simply write. First published nearly twenty years ago, Writing for Social Scientists has become a lifesaver for writers in all fields, from beginning students to published authors. Becker's message is clear: in order to learn how to write, take a deep breath and then begin writing. Revise. Repeat. It is not always an easy process, as Becker wryly relates. Decades of teaching, researching, and writing have given him plenty of material, and Becker neatly exposes the foibles of academia and its "publish or perish" atmosphere. Wordiness, the passive voice, inserting a "the way in which" when a simple "how" will do - all these mechanisms are a part of the social structure of academic writing. By shrugging off such impediments, we can reform our work habits and start writing lucidly without worrying about grades, peer approval, or the "literature." In this new edition, Becker takes account of major changes in the computer tools available to writers today, and also substantially expands his analysis of how academic institutions create problems for them. As competition in academia grows increasingly heated, Writing for Social Scientists will provide solace to a new generation of frazzled, would-be writers.

The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226104034
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Published: University Of Chicago Press - January 1st, 2003

Now in its fifteenth edition, The Chicago Manual of Style is the essential reference for authors, editors, proofreaders, indexers, copywriters, designers, and publishers in any field.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385480017
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Published: Anchor Books - September 1st, 1995

" Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"
"Superb writing advice...hilarious, helpful and provocative." - New York Times Book Review