Note: Not guaranteed to come with supplemental materials (access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.)
Extend Your Rental at Any Time
Need to keep your rental past your due date? At any time before your due date you can extend or purchase your rental through your account.
Sorry, this item is currently unavailable.
Since 1995, students, researchers, and professionals 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 have completely revised and updated their classic handbook. The new edition will continue to help thousands of students and writers plan, carry out, and report on research to produce effective term papers, dissertations, articles, or books -- in any field, at any level.
Wayne C. Booth is the George Pullman Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. His many books include The Rhetoric of Fiction and For the Love of It: Amateuring and its Rivals, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
Gregory G. Colomb is a professor of the English language and literature at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Designs on Truth: The Poetics of the Augustan Mock-Epic.
Joseph M. Williams is a professor emeritus in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Style: Toward Clarity and Grace. Together Colomb and Williams have written The Craft of Argument.
Table of Contents
I RESEARCH, RESEARCHERS, AND READERS
Prologue: Starting a Research Project
Thinking in Print: The Uses of Research, Public and Private
What Is Research?
Why Write It Up?
Why a Formal Report?
Connecting with Your Reader: (Re)Creating Your Self and Your Audience
Creating Roles for Writers and Readers
Creating a Relationship with Your Reader: Your Role
Creating the Other Half of the Relationship: The Reader's Role
Writing in Groups
Managing the Unavoidable Problem of Inexperience
A Checklist for Understanding Your Readers
II ASKING QUESTIONS, FINDING ANSWERS
Prologue: Planning Your Project
From Topics to Questions
From an Interest to a Topic
From a Broad Topic to a Focused One
From a Focused Topic to Questions
From a Merely Interesting Question to Its Wider Significance
From Questions to Problems
Problems, Problems, Problems
The Common Structure of Problems
Finding a Good Research Problem
Summary: The Problem of the Problem
Disagreeing with Your Sources
From Problems to Sources
Screening Sources for Reliability
Locating Printed and Recorded Sources
Finding Sources on the Internet
Gathering Data Directly from People
What You Find
Three Uses for Sources
Reading Generously but Critically
Preserving What You Find
III MAKING A CLAIM AND SUPPORTING IT
Prologue: Pulling Together Your Argument
Making Good Arguments: An Overview
Argument and Conversation
Basing Claims on Reasons
Basing Reasons on Evidence
Acknowledging and Responding to Alternatives
Warranting the Relevance of Reasons
Building Complex Arguments Out of Simple Ones
Arguments and Your Ethos
Designing Arguments Not for Yourself but for Your Readers: Two Common Pitfalls
What Kind of Claim?
Evaluating Your Claim
Qualifying Claims to Enhance Your Credibility
Reasons and Evidence
Using Reasons to Plan Your Argument
The Slippery Distinction between Reasons and Evidence