The Craft of Research, Third Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
With more than 400,000 copies now in print, The Craft of Research is the unrivaled resource for researchers at each level, from first-year undergraduates to research reporters at corporations and government offices.
Seasoned researchers and educators Gregory G. Colomb and Joseph M. Williams present an up to date third edition of their classic handbook, whose first and second editions were written in collaboration with the late Wayne C. Booth. The Craft of Research explains the right way to build an argument that motivates readers to accept a claim; the right way to anticipate the reservations of readers and to reply to them accurately; and the right way to create introductions and conclusions that answer that most demanding question, “So what?”
The third edition includes an expanded discussion of the very important early stages of a research task: planning and drafting a paper. The authors have revised and fully up to date their section on electronic research, emphasizing the wish to distinguish between trustworthy sources (such as those found in libraries) and no more reliable sources found with a quick Internet search. A chapter on warrants has also been thoroughly reviewed to make this difficult subject easier for researchers
Throughout, the authors have preserved the amiable tone, the reliable voice, and the sense of directness that have made this book indispensable for somebody undertaking a research project.