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View larger. Featuring an engaging, direct writing style and inquiry-based approach, this popular research guide stresses that curiosity is the best reason for investigating ideas and information. An appealing alternative to traditional research texts, The Curious Researcher stands apart for its motivational tone, its conversational style, and its conviction that research writing can be full of rewarding discoveries. Offering a wide variety of examples from student and professional writers, this popular guide shows that good research and lively writing do not have to be mutually exclusive.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. An appealing alternative to traditional research texts, 'The Curious Researcher' stands apart for its motivational tone, its conversational style, and its conviction that research writing can be full of rewarding discoveries.

This guide shows that good research and lively writing do not have to be mutually exclusive. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 5th by Longman Publishing Group first published More Details Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Curious Researcher , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Curious Researcher.

Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 06, Dominic rated it it was amazing Shelves: teaching , writing-instruction. I've skim and scanned this book and praised Bruce Ballenger's approach for a few years now, but I can now say I've read through this entire textbook about pages or so in order to tighten my senior English project.

And no joke If you are a teacher, don't make the mistake of flipping through this book and thinking he has nothing new to offer.

No, Ballenger's emphasis on the research essay rather than the resea I've skim and scanned this book and praised Bruce Ballenger's approach for a few years now, but I can now say I've read through this entire textbook about pages or so in order to tighten my senior English project. No, Ballenger's emphasis on the research essay rather than the research paper or research report not to mention the many lessons and tips is a lot more cutting edge than you might think, especially at the high school level.

In reading this, I was quite pleased to see that I already use many of the methods the author recommends: the importance of a Research Question, engaging with texts as if in a conversation, using dialectical notes. Of course, that's not because I'm a genius or anything; they're pedagogical practices that I simply stole from my peers, one of whom strongly recommended this book. There are also at least a few tidbits that I took away from the book, and I will be incorporating those and probably a In reading this, I was quite pleased to see that I already use many of the methods the author recommends: the importance of a Research Question, engaging with texts as if in a conversation, using dialectical notes.

There are also at least a few tidbits that I took away from the book, and I will be incorporating those and probably a couple of the exercises therein into my classes.

A good read for anyone teaching students to write a research paper. However, while it is written for students, I can't see ever making every student buy this as a required text for a course. View 1 comment. Jan 06, Sohaib rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction. One of the best guidebooks for writing research papers Great resource for my classes. Jun 04, Tami Robertson rated it really liked it.

I read this book for my last english class for my holistic practioner degree. It is clearly written and takes you step by step on writing a great research paper and finding the research you need. It is a valuable tool! May 02, Alison K. Derus rated it really liked it Shelves: books-i-liked. I had to read this for a college english course and it helped me out a lot.

It was so helpful, and I am still referencing it, months after completing the course. This is a book that I will be keeping close at hand on my desk for future classes and writing. Allow me to break it down with my favorite parts and most helpful parts.

The book is broken up into 5 weeks of writing a research paper, and is full of resources. It gives advice on how to choose a topic, and lists subject en This was my textbook for my English class at the American College of Healthcare Sciences. It gives advice on how to choose a topic, and lists subject encyclopedias to look into. It also teaches how to use databases and search engines for optimum results, including a page specifically of Google tips and tricks.

It explains what kinds of sources are best for research papers, and helps teach the researcher to think critically and evaluate the sources for quality. The book helps you develop a research question, a tentative thesis with suggested prompts, and then the final thesis out of five possible prompts that can go in many directions. There is a section that discusses plagiarism, and then a section called The Notetaker's Triad: Quotation, Paraphrase, and Summary with explanations of each.

I found the suggested notetaking techniques to be very helpful. It gives advice on writing the draft and then polishing the manuscript; it describes different ways of beginning a paper, including a delayed-thesis structure. I especially found the Endings to Avoid section to be helpful, which was the opposite of what I had been taught in my high school English classes. I also found the section about weaving in your sources with your own commentary to be useful.

For example, I never would've thought to use different colors for my voice and my sources in my rough draft to determine if my paper was balanced or if it relied too much on my sources or if I was yakking too much. There was a suggestion to actually print out the paper and cut it up with scissors to play around with order of paragraphs and what should stay and what should be edited out, but I didn't particularly like that idea.

I made an outline instead and played around with my outline. I appreciated the paragraphs about active voice vs. A table was included to help use strong, powerful verbs instead of weaker, more passive verbs.

I also found the paragraph about avoiding stock phrases to be helpful, especially because it listed suggestions for alternatives. The book included sections on how to include images, graphs, subheadings, bulleted lists, block quotes, and underlining for emphasis for a reader-friendly format. I appreciated the section on avoiding sexist language. Finally, the best and most helpful parts of this book were in the appendices.

It has a checklist of things to look for before handing in, right in the very beginning of the appendix, and has a table listing key differences between MLA and APA format. Then, there is a directory or table of contents for the appendix of what is in the APA guide.

This appendix is what I turn to most frequently and has been enormously helpful to me. The appendix concludes with an example student paper in APA format, from the title page to the references page, which is a helpful example of how a research paper could look like. Overall, I highly recommend this book, and I'm thrilled that it was a required text for my English class, because it taught me so much. Bruce Ballenger's take on the research process goes where other books on the topic do not.

His approach models an authenic writing experience for the student writer, but professional writers and teachers would benefit just as much from taking his engaging exercises to heart. The book promotes the tenet that curiosity drives academic reserach. Although marketed as a college-level text, I have used many of the techniques with high school English students.

The tone of the book is personal, so that Bruce Ballenger's take on the research process goes where other books on the topic do not. The tone of the book is personal, so that tends to rub some people the wrong way, but the text serves as an extension of the pedagogical beliefs to which the author adheres.

The examples of professional writing do not adhere to MLA guidelines, but they do help make the point that people incorporate research into their lives in numerous ways. Ballenger's book will help any writer go beyond writing old-school research reports to producing a research paper where the writer is using information to make meaning. High schools across the nation should adopt his books for use in the classroom. Thanks to Tim Orme for the loan.

Aug 23, R. Ziemer rated it really liked it. Excellent book for my English college writing class. I believe I'll use it next semester.

The lessons and examples are more relevant to teaching the research paper than the books about "argument" that seem to be the latest thing.

Ballenger's practical text covers skills such as note-taking and paraphrasing, with exercises like the ones that I have been making up myself until now. Written to university students as a college text, but I'm finding it extremely useful in modifying research methods and developing continued inquiry with my high school students. A good mix between scholarly advice and relevant activities along the research path.

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The Curious Researcher: A Guide to Writing Research Papers, 8th Edition

View larger. This print textbook is available for students to rent for their classes. The Pearson print rental program provides students with affordable access to learning materials, so they come to class ready to succeed. An engaging, direct writing style propels this inquiry-based guide to writing research papers.

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The Curious Researcher: A Guide to Writing Research Papers [RENTAL EDITION], 9th Edition

Featuring an engaging, direct writing style and inquiry-based approach, The Curious Researcher: A Guide to Writing Research Papers , 9th Edition stresses that curiosity is the best reason for investigating ideas and information. An appealing alternative to traditional research texts, The Curious Researcher stands apart for its motivational tone, its conversational style, and its conviction that research writing can be full of rewarding discoveries. Offering a wide variety of examples from student and professional writers, the text encourages students to find ways to bring fact-based writing to life. A unique chronological organization sets up achievable writing goals along with week-by-week guidance. Full explanations of the technical aspects of writing and how to document source-based papers help students develop sound research and analysis skills.

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