The Bedford Researcher
Sixth Edition   ©2018

The Bedford Researcher

Mike Palmquist (Colorado State University)  

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-05848-5; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-05848-7; Format: Spiral Bound, 480 pages

Complete Coverage of the Research Writing Process

  • Part 1, Joining the Conversation, introduces the concept of research writing as a social act.
  • Part 2, Working with Sources, establishes the importance of reading critically, evaluating sources, managing information, taking notes, and avoiding plagiarism.
  • Part 3, Collecting Information, helps students search for information using digital resources, print resources, and field research methods.
  • Part 4, Creating Your Document, guides students as they develop their thesis, organize their information and ideas, frame their argument, develop an outline, draft their document, integrate source material, revise and edit their drafts, and design their document.
  • Part 5, Documenting Sources, provides comprehensive and up-to-date chapters on MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles.

Engaging and Useful Apparatus Each chapter is structured around a set of Key Questions that enables students to find information quickly and ends with Quick Reference boxes to stress the chapter’s main points. Throughout the book, My Research Project activities, in-depth tutorials, and numerous illustrations and tables teach students how to keep their projects on track.

The design employs clear and accessible illustrations, annotations, checklists, activities, and documentation guidelines — the parts of the text students will return to as they write.

A Conversational, Student Friendly Tone The Bedford Researcher is written in an accessible, easy-to-follow style that treats students with respect. Clear, relevant examples address students’ questions about research writing by concretely illustrating writing, research, and critical reading strategies.

Detailed Case Studies of Real Student Researchers The work of seven featured writers, real students who undertook a variety of research writing projects in a variety of disciplinary contexts, is featured in the text. Their work — in the form of traditional research essays, websites, and multimodal essays — provides accessible models for your students as they conduct their own research and draft their own documents.

Help with Analyzing and Developing Arguments Extensive coverage of argument, both as a writing strategy and as a framework for reading sources critically and actively, is included in Part 4, Creating Your Document. Here students will learn how to establish a position on an issue, how to develop a line of argument, and how to support an argument with reasons and evidence. They will also learn to identify logical fallacies and avoid them in their own writing.

Extensive and Up-to-Date Coverage of Digital Sources and Tools The text offers relevant, hands-on advice for searching for and evaluating audio, video, and other digital sources; searching for e-books; saving and organizing sources with personal and social bookmarking sites and Web capture tools; integrating images, audio, and video into multimodal documents and multimedia presentations; and revising and editing with digital tools.