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Methods of Discovery: A Guide to Research Writing

Methods of Discovery: A Guide to Research Writing

Treats research writing as a rhetorical process. Teaches use of research in different genres (not just the generic research paper). This approach allows the text to be used in a variety of writing and rhetoric classes. Discusses the use of various kinds of research sources (academic ones and others). Contains links to resources and multimedia which help students to understand and practice key concepts. Presents students and instructors with a "menu" of approaches and tasks suitable for different audiences and courses.

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Rachel Jennings
Rachel Jennings (Faculty)
51 weeks ago
The content of this book has potential. For example, I like the introduction of rhetoric early on. The illustrations and figures are appropriate. There are some useful excerpts from student essays, and some helpful exercises. Unfortunately, the text is riddled with errors--one to six per page. I found only two to three clean pages out of six chapters. Problems include s/v agreement errors, missing words, confusion of similar words (e.g., discreet/discrete, if/of, charge/change, meat/meet, etc.), repetition (words or phrases used twice in a sentence), tense shifts, and more. The formatting is also confusing. For instance, some subsections need to be indented.
Marcia Neudigate
Marcia Neudigate (Faculty)
8 years ago
From the introduction, I expected to find some structures in relation to discovery for research writing. What I experienced was rhetoric on a process that did not come to fruition. I clicked on a couple of the links but was disappointed when they did not yield any additional information.

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Too vague so I will not revisit this site even if it is updated periodically.