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Methods of Discovery by Pavel Zemliansky is an online writing guide with the following features:

  • 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
  • Students can download the chapters in PDF format

Table of Contents:


Chapter 1: All Writing is Argumentative
Chapter 2: Research Writing as a Process
Chapter 3: Research and Critical Reading
Chapter 4: Finding and Evaluating Research Sources

Chapter 5: Acknowledging Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
Chapter 6: Research Writing in The Academic Disciplines


The Writing Resources link provides additional instructional materials to assist you in preparing for academic writing.

Methods of Discovery by Pavel Zemliansky is available under a Creative Commons license. Last update by Joseph J. Selvaggio. 09/15/14.

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