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The modern researcher

Author: Jacques Barzun; Henry F Graff
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 5th edView all editions and formats
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This classic introduction to the techniques of research and the art of expression is used widely in history courses, but is also appropriate for writing and research methods courses in other departments. Barzun and Graff thoroughly cover every aspect of research, from the selection of a topic through the gathering, analysis, writing, revision, and publication of findings presenting the process not as a set of rules  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Barzun, Jacques, 1907-
Modern researcher.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., ©1992
(OCoLC)634713403
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacques Barzun; Henry F Graff
ISBN: 0395644941 9780395644942 0155625136 9780155625136
OCLC Number: 25637840
Description: xv, 409 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Principles and Methods of Research --
Research and Report: Characteristics --
The Report: A Fundamental Form --
The Historical Outlook Underlies Research and Report --
Reporting History in Daily Life --
The Past Is All-Inclusive --
The Research Reporter and Scholar --
Historical Writing: Its Origins and Demands --
The ABC of Technique --
The Prime Difficulty: What Is My Subject? --
I Have All My Material--But Have You? --
The Practical Imagination at Work --
A Note Is First a Thought --
Knowledge for Whom? --
Hard Work Makes Royal Roads --
Finding the Facts --
The Detective and the Clues --
Library and Internet --
A Surfeit of Sources --
Defining the Quarry --
Cross-Questioning the Book --
Professional Informants: Reference Books --
Up-to-Date Reference Works --
Contemporary Opinion Now and Earlier --
Finding One's Peers and One's Ancestors --
Facts and Numbers from Maps --
What Else Do I Need? --
Verification --
How the Mind Seeks Truth --
Collation, or Matching Copy with Source --
Rumor, Legend, and Fraud --
Falsification on the Increase --
Attribution: Putting a Name to a Document --
Explication: Clearing Up Details in Manuscripts --
Destroying Myths --
Identification: Giving Due Credit for Authorship --
The Snare of Pseudonyms --
Handling Ideas --
Fact and Idea: An Elusive Distinction --
Large Ideas as Facts of History --
Technical Terms: All or None --
The Technique of Self-Criticism --
Reporters' Fallacies: How to Avoid Them --
The Scholar and the Great Ideas --
Truth, Causes, and Conditions --
The Types of Evidence.
Responsibility: Jacques Barzun, Henry F. Graff.

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This classic introduction to the techniques of research and the art of expression is used widely in history courses, but is also appropriate for writing and research methods courses in other departments. Barzun and Graff thoroughly cover every aspect of research, from the selection of a topic through the gathering, analysis, writing, revision, and publication of findings presenting the process not as a set of rules but through actual cases that put the subtleties of research in a useful context. Part One covers the principles and methods of research; Part Two covers writing, speaking, and getting one's work published.

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