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Monday, February 20, 2017
How Good Of A Researcher Are You Really?
need a number of skills to be successful, from great writing abilities and
excellent editing capabilities to possessing a wonderful imagination and being
strong book marketers. But one
overlooked area every writer needs to master is research skills. The
Craft of Research: 4th Edition can help in this area.
Writer magazine said of this book:
those writers in search of solid research to fuel their writing, this well-structured,
accessible, and affordable book is a gem.”
would agree with this assessment.
book tackles every imaginable aspect about research, including these topics:
to make an argument of fact.
to check your sources and make sure they are reliable.
to guard against inadvertent plagiarism.
information on the Internet.
research really is.
to question the information you are presented with.
when you need to revise your research.
the most interesting I found was on ethics and research. The book, written by
five authors, says:
short, when you report your research ethically, you join a community in a
search for some common good. When you
respect sources, preserve and acknowledge data that run against your results,
assert claims only as strongly as warranted, acknowledge the limits of your
certainty, and meet all the other ethical obligations you have as a researcher
and writer, you move beyond gaining a grade or other material goods – you earn
the larger benefit that comes from creating a bond with your readers. You discover that research focused on the
best interests of others is also in your own.”
lists these six no-no’s for today’s researcher-writer:
not plagiarize or claim credit for the results of others."
not misreport sources, invent data, or fake results."
not submit data whose accuracy you don’t trust, unless you say so."
not conceal objections that you cannot rebut."
not caricature or distort opposing views."
not destroy data or conceal sources important for those who follow.”
are too many minefields to conducting research today, yet the writer depends,
more than ever, on research to produce quality, informed and persuasive
books. Research is what separates one
book from another – and that puts books above all other sources. Learn the art of research and you’ll become a
much better writer.