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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 1997
"The Craft of Research" offers researchers practical and clear suggestions for organizing papers. Although somewhat geared for professional writers, it can also be used by high school students writing their first research paper. The authors offer step-by-step formulas for making and evaluating proposed 'claims.' They also include tips that relate to the prior chapter. Another important area covered by Booth, Colomb and Williams is drafting and revision. More clear, step-by-step techniques make this section an important tool for writers. Using their techniques, a writer easily identifies possible problems with arguements or organization. However, the discussion of warrants in "The Craft of Research" is difficult to follow. Since warrants are many times infered but not stated in day-to-day conversations, it is difficult topic to comprehend by novice writers. The authors attempt to explain warrants through examples, clear terms and illustrations. Although the explanation of a warrant (evidence supporting a claim) is successful, the illustrations of warrants is muddied and the logic sometimes hard to comprehend. "The Craft of Research" is an excellent tool for writers of all ages and experience levels. Its guidelines and suggestions, when followed, will produce clearer, cohesive papers and books. Writers should find a spot on the shelf for this book next to 'Miss Kate' (Turabian) as an essential writing and style guide.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2007
People keep telling me that they do not know how to start writing a journal/conference paper or how to start their thesis and I always recommend this book. It was one of the first books I had to read when I started my PhD and I am still thanking the professor who told me to buy this book.

Highly recommended, especially if you are new to research and you are in any of the social sciences, including information systems ;).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2007
This book lay in my university library untouched for the four years it had been on the shelves I found it completley by accident because I was sick and tired of being given research models and methodology papers that never made any sense but to run through the shredder, several times!!!! This book has to be the ultimate step by step guide to writing any form of research paper or even a two page essay argument why in the world they keep bringing the 150,000 number out I have no idea because every person who has to write a paper or just wants to write papers for fun (if there is such a thing) should have a copy of this book and plus 10 quid isn't exactly going to break the student coffers. :)
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on 17 May 2013
I have to read this book for school and I can't say that I'm enjoying it very much. It is well written but a bit of a snoozer. However, the anecdotal tips have definitely given me something to think about. I would recommend this book to any researcher who has to write their findings, in any discipline. It is a little bit more detailed than I ever wanted to get on this topic. I'm in the middle right now and it's soooo dry. Saying things like, "make sure you know what you're asking about before going to the library" seems trivial. However, such a good point don't you think? This book is full of that stuff. It's kind of like Research for Dummies and then a bunch of technical BS. The authors seem very in tune with their audience and their writing has just the right tone. I do feel like they address the expert and novice but tend to skip over the seasoned but not quite expert researcher.
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on 27 February 2015
This is a fantastic book, wish I had bought it earlier in my academic career! It really clearly lays out the key components of research and crafting an argument, rather than just describing (one of the key criticisms made of essays!) I think the book has advice that would be useful across a range of disciplines (for example, I am currently doing a Psychology PhD but it would have been useful for my Masters in Psychology and also BA in histroy). I think it just gives voice and structure to concepts that I sort of knew already but I was arriving at in a very haphazard way, this gives you a much more systematic and considered approach to take
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on 12 May 2012
This is one book that I happily discovered whilst in the final throes of my Masters dissertation. I only wish I had had it when doing my essays and when doing my BA. It makes you see your essay from the viewpoint of the reader/examiner, which can be a real eye opener and allow you to see the flaws and gaps in your argument. It is superbly structured and so will your essays be if you work through it! Highly recommended.
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on 13 October 2008
I recommend this book to all our undegraduates who are interested in academic research. It is short, clearly written, and to the point. It addresses most of the key questions research students typically struggle with: What is a research question? What is evidence? How to present an argument? How to revise a text? etc.

Ph.D. students will also greatly benefit from this book: It should save them a lot of time.
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on 28 July 2014
This was a present I did not
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5 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 1999
To me it was easy. Before read this book a lot of my scientific papers were regret by editors... After read it, I got three accepted manuscrips!!! (one in a top journal). I think that the ideas in this book improve my write skills.
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