Painless Research Projects

Painless Research Projects

by Rebecca Elliott Ph.D., James Elliott M.A.

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Overview

Even very good students think that doing a research project is an excruciating task. They might know their subject well, but they find it easier to go out and dig ditches than to gather facts and organize them into a research paper or project. Rebecca Elliott, the author of Barron's just published Painless Grammar, and her husband James have written a new book to help middle school students turn research into a painless—even enjoyable—process. Their formula is pure common sense. They begin with advice on choosing a topic, then guide students through the thickets of library research, interviewing experts for information, using the Internet, making notes, writing a rough draft, and producing a finished research report. They take students step-by-step through a sample research paper and end with tips on compiling a bibliography. Also featured is an Internet address book with 56 informative websites. Their delightful, user-friendly approach demonstrates that doing a research project really isn't such a burdensome task after all!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764102974
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/28/1998
Series: Barron's Painless Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introductionix
Chapter 1Starting Your Treasure Hunt1
Picking a Topic3
Is This Topic As Easy to Research As It Looks?9
Planning How to Present Your Project12
Research Reports vs. Research Papers29
Chapter 2Digging for the Treasure37
Finding Your Way Around the Library39
A Smart Start: The Reference Section42
Books and Magazines48
Using the Computer58
Other Ways to Locate Books about Your Topic75
Chapter 3The Internet83
What Is Cyberspace?85
What in the World Is the World Wide Web?86
Chapter 4Interviews and More95
Preparing for a Personal Interview97
Writing a Questionnaire100
Other Places to Dig for Treasure104
Chapter 5Taking Notes115
Using Note Cards117
Determining if a Source Will Be Helpful117
Think--Don't Copy!122
Chapter 6What to Do with Your Treasure139
Organizing Your Key Ideas141
The Introduction: Where It all Starts151
The Body: Turning Note Cards into Paragraphs156
Successful Conclusions166
Cures for Writer's Block169
Chapter 7Buff and Shine Your Treasure185
Editing Tools187
Editing Your Paper188
Maps and Illustrations194
A Few More Things to Check195
Chapter 8A Sample Research Report197
Choosing a Topic199
Writing the Bibliography216
Appendix APainless Checklists219
Getting an Idea for a Topic219
Knowing What the Teacher Wants219
Asking Questions about Your Topic220
Looking for Information220
Getting Organized221
Taking Notes221
Organizing Your Note Cards222
Writing the Rough Draft of the Paper223
Editing and Cleaning Up the Paper224
Appendix BBibliographies and Source Cards225
Reference Book Articles with no Author Given226
Reference Book Articles with an Author227
CD-ROM Encyclopedia Articles227
Magazine Articles227
Newspaper Articles228
Cartoons228
Books or Pamphlets with One Author228
Books or Pamphlets with Two Authors229
Interviews229
Films229
Television Programs230
Internet Sites230
Online Databases such as America Online231
Periodical CD-ROM Databases such as SIRS and InfoTrac231
Government Publications231
Appendix CInternet Addresses233
Astronomy and Space233
Physical Sciences235
Biology and Animal Sciences237
Earth Sciences238
Oceans239
Math241
Literature and the Arts241
History242
Geography245
Social Studies and Government246
Current Events248
Reference249
Other Cool Sites250
Link Sites252
Index257

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