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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Third Edition edition (April 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226065669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226065663
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 16 2013
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We all respect scientists--even budding science students--for their commitment to accuracy and objectivity. Sometimes our strengths are also our weaknesses. Beginning scientists can naively believe that their writing only needs to report the facts, that anything further is bias, sophistry or even dishonesty. This book lays out the path to a better writing style. Readers will learn how to arrange and present their facts and evidence as coherent arguments. As a result, they will better serve their own readers.

The table of contents, outlined below, shows that the authors cover more than putting fingers to keyboard. Introductory chapters discuss the perspective and information needs of readers and how to connect with them. The authors address development of one's own authentic authorial "voice"--a topic often neglected in books about research writing. The next four chapters teach us how to conceptualize a research question, then find relevant and credible sources of information to answer it. The third edition contains a needed revision of the authors' earlier avoidant stance on the credibility of web-based information, containing good guidance for weeding flakey from factual online sources.

Chapter 7, "Making Good Arguments: An Overview," is the keystone chapter and a relatively quick read at eleven pages. It's where to focus when deciding whether to read the rest of the book. The authors define their working vocabulary of arguments, reasons, evidence, claims and warrants. In this and the following four chapters they show us how to use these concepts to present our points and how to acknowledge and respond to positions with which we disagree. They demonstrate how to do this with integrity as well as skill.
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This was a required text for a Masters of Education program at SFU. It was helpful in crafting a research project, developing the research question and how to structure a project. However, it makes no reference at all to Action Research.
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I recommand this book to all academic who need to write on a regular basis.
The explanations are clear and easy to understand.
The examples are pertinent and usuful.
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By Jose on Sept. 30 2013
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This book will guide you in what direction to take in terms of writing a good research paper for your University.
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