The Process of Research Writing

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Steven Krause, Eastern Michigan University

Pub Date: 2007

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Publisher: Independent

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Reviewed by Margaret Wood, Instructor, Klamath Community College, on 8/22/2016.

The book thoroughly covers the material that first-year college research writers need to know including an introduction to basic academic research … read more



Reviewed by Laura Sanders, Instructor, Portland Community College, on 8/22/2016.

The text offers a comprehensive discussion of all the elements of writing a research project. The author covers evaluating sources, using library … read more



Reviewed by Samuel Kessler, Postdoctoral Fellow, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, on 2/9/2017.

"The Process of Research Writing" covers most of the areas students need to understand as they begin research writing at a college level. It has … read more



Reviewed by Leana Dickerson, Instructor , Linn Benton Community College , on 2/9/2017.

The author certainly outlines and examines elements of research writing, and does so in a very clear, organized, and thoughtful way. There is no … read more



Reviewed by Jocelyn Pihlaja, Instructor, Lake Superior College, on 2/9/2017.

The length and scope of this book are appropriate for a semester-long research writing course, with twelve chapters that move from foundational … read more



Reviewed by Amy Jo Swing, English Instructor, Lake Superior College, on 4/12/2017.

This book covers most of the main concepts of research writing: thesis, research, documenting, and process. It's weak on argument though, which is … read more



Reviewed by VINCENT LASNIK, Adjunct Professor, Rogue Community College, on 4/12/2017.

This comprehensiveness is one of the strengths of The Process of Research Writing. The Table of Contents (TOC) is fine—and each separate chapter … read more



Reviewed by Karen Pleasant, Adjunct Instructor, Rogue Community College, on 4/12/2017.

The textbook covered the basics of writing a research paper (the term "essay"is preferred by the author) and would be appropriate for an introductory … read more


Table of Contents

Part I:  The Elements of Research

Chapter One Thinking Critically About Research
Chapter Two Understanding and Using the Library and the Internet for Research
Chapter Three Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Avoiding Plagiarism
Chapter Four How to Collaborate and Write With Others
Part II:  Exercises in the Process of Research
Chapter Five The Working Thesis Exercise
Chapter Six The Annotated Bibliography Exercise
Chapter Seven The Critique Exercise
Chapter Eight The Antithesis Exercise
Chapter Nine The Categorization and Evaluation Exercise
Part III:  The Research Project
Chapter Ten The Research Essay
Chapter Eleven Alternative Ways to Present Your Research
Chapter Twelve Citing Your Research Using MLA or APA Style

About the Book

The title of this book is The Process of Research Writing, and in the nutshell, that is what the book is about.  A lot of times, instructors and students tend to separate “thinking,” “researching,” and “writing” into different categories that aren’t necessarily very well connected.  First you think, then you research, and then you write. 

The reality is though that the possibilities and process of research writing are more complicated and much richer than that.  We think about what it is we want to research and write about, but at the same time, we learn what to think based on our research and our writing.  The goal of this book is to guide you through this process of research writing by emphasizing a series of exercises that touch on different and related parts of the research process.

About the Contributors


Steven D. Krause grew up in eastern Iowa, earned a BA in English at the University of Iowa, an MFA in Fiction Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a PhD in Rhetoric and Writing at Bowling Green State University. He joined the faculty at Eastern Michigan University in 1998.