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Digital Paper: A Manual for Research and Writing with Library and Internet Materials

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780226167787
Author(s): Andrew Delano Abbott
Format: Paperback
Year: 2014
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Dimensions: 152 x 226 x 18 (w x l x h)
Pages: 259
Series: Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing and Publishing

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Today's researchers have access to more information than ever before. Yet the new material is both overwhelming in quantity and variable in quality. How can scholars survive these twin problems and produce groundbreaking research using the physical and electronic resources available in the modern university research library? In Digital Paper, Andrew Abbott provides some much-needed answers to that question. Abbott tells what every senior researcher knows: that the research process in such materials is not a mechanical, linear process, but a thoughtful and adventurous journey through a non-linear world. He breaks library research down into seven basic and simultaneous tasks: design, search, scanning/browsing, reading, analyzing, filing, and writing. He moves the reader through the phases of research, from confusion to organization, from vague idea to polished result. He teaches how to evaluate data and prior research; how to follow a trail to elusive treasures; how to organize a project; when to start over; when to ask for help.
He shows how an understanding of scholarly values, a commitment to hard work, and the flexibility to change direction combine to enable the researcher to turn a daunting mass of found material into an effective paper or thesis. More than a mere how-to manual, Abbott's guidebook help Please click here to ask a question
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