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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: 14 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 435 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A well-constructed, articulate reminder of how important fundamental questions of style and approach, such as clarity and precision, are to all research.”—Times Literary Supplement
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“An easy-to-read guide with helpful hints for almost anyone who puts words to paper.”—San Francisco Bay Guardian
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“Accessible, readable and jargon-free. . . . The Craft of Research pays close attention to readers’ needs and anxieties.”—Teaching in Higher Education
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About the Author

Gregory G. Colomb (1951–2011) was professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of Designs on Truth: The Poetics of the Augustan Mock-Epic. He is coauthor, with Wayne C. Booth and Joseph M. Williams, of the best-selling guide The Craft of Research, published by the University of Chicago Press.

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6 of 6 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Todd (in Montreal) on Feb. 14 2012
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You must have this book whether or not you're writing a Ph.D. dissertation. It is simply thorough and approachable and will help anyone writing a paper or making an argument. I would recommend this book to grade schoolers! (Simplified, of course.) The methods herein, if everybody followed even some of them, would make the world a better informed, more intelligent place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Khady Kâ on Feb. 6 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By art lover on Feb. 12 2015
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This is an extremely useful book for anyone writing research papers all the way up to dissertations and books. Get it. Use it regularly.
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The best book on research I have every read. This can take a person from mediocrity (yours truly included) to a very professional level. I already feel that I would like to go ahead and write some research papers.
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