What's New in the 9th Edition!
- New feature--"Research in Alternative Genres"--that helps students re-genre their projects into one of four multimodal presentations: slides, posters, photo essays, and infographics.
- New content on how to decide a "good" source based on rhetorical context.
- Updated with the latest MLA citation styles.
- More help with crafting search terms.
- New sections on narrative and argumentative logic.
- Available on Revel, the new interactive digital platform.
- Also can be rented at lower cost.
Suggestions for customizing your use of Curious Researcher 9th Edition. Focuses on courses that want to emphasize genre, skills, writing process, or inquiry.
At Florida State University, groups of students present chapters of the book. This handout is a guide that instructors receive on how to teach the assignment
Sample Published Researched Essays
Richard Conniff's wonderful essay on our endless and futile war on house flies appeared in the first four editions of The Curious Researcher. It still is a popular essay with instructors, demonstrating that research-based essays can be fascinating.
"The Bothersome Beauty of Pigeons" was a sample essay with documentation that I wrote for the fifth edition of the book. The new edition dropped the piece for another essay, "Theories of Intelligence."
"Joyas Voladoras" is Brian Doyle's moving meditation on the hummingbird. It first appeared in the journal American Scholar. I also reprinted the essay in the third of edition of Curious Writer as an outstanding example of a writers can use research to bring a subject to life.
A Dialogue with Dave
A two column conversation between the writer and a curious reader named "Dave." Use this to help students clarify to themselves the purpose and direction of their research project after some initial investigation of a topic.
Research Log Template
Students can use this form to try out the research log method as described in The Curious Researcher 7e, pp. 131-134.
Working Knowledge: A Review
Students can use this form to list sources consulted to develop working knowledge and explain what they know about a topic. Uses a series of questions to prompt a summary of current findings.
Handout uses seed sentences to prompt students to think about how to analyze, align, or speculate about ideas they discover in sources.