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Written in Lisa Ede's accessible, supportive style, The Academic Writer is an affordable, brief guide to the essentials of academic writing and research. By framing writing situations in terms of the writer, reader, text, and medium, the text helps students think rhetorically and make effective choices as they write. Abundant student models, advice on writing in the disciplines, and attention to visuals and design make this text a perfect introduction to college writing — at a great price.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312603199
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 12/27/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

LISA EDE is a professor of English and the director of the Center for Writing and Learning at Oregon State University, where she has taught since 1980. She has published a number of books and articles collaboratively with Andrea A. Lunsford, including Singular Texts/Plural Authors: Perspectives on Collaborative Writing and “Audience Addressed/Audience Invoked: The Role of Audience in Composition Theory and Pedagogy,” which won the CCCC's Braddock Award in 1985. Ede is also a recipient of the prestigious Shaughnessy Award. Among her other publications are Situating Composition: Composition Studies and the Politics of Location and Essays on Classical Rhetoric and Modern Discourse (with Andrea A. Lunsford and Robert J. Connors). In addition, for Bedford/St. Martin's, Ede is the editor of On Writing Research: The Braddock Essays, 1975-1998 and co-editor, with Andrea Lunsford, of Selected Essays of Robert J. Connors.

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Table of Contents

PART I Writing Matters: Writing and Rhetoric in the Twenty-First Century

1. Rethinking Writing: A Rhetorical Process for Composing Texts
Understanding the Impact of Communication Technologies on Writing
Writing and Rhetoric
Composing - and Designing - Texts
Developing Rhetorical Sensitivity
  Note for Multilingual Writers
  Note for Multilingual Writers
For Thought, Discussion, and Writing
2. Academic Writing: Committing to the Process
Managing the Writing Process
  Identifying Composing Styles
  Note for Multilingual Writers
  Analyzing Your Composing Process
  Questions for Analyzing Your Composing Process
Writing Communities
  Finding a Community
  Working Collaboratively
  Guidelines for Group Work
For Thought, Discussion, and Writing
3. Analyzing Rhetorical Situations
Learning to Analyze Your Rhetorical Situation
  Note for Multilingual Writers
  Using Your Rhetorical Analysis to Guide Your Writing
  Questions for Analyzing Your Rhetorical Situation
  Setting Preliminary Goals
  *Student Essay: Alia Sands, “A Separate Education”
Using Aristotle's Three Appeals
  Student Essay: Brandon Barrett, “The All-Purpose Answer”
Analyzing Textual Conventions
  Characteristics of an Effective Academic Essay
  Observing a Professional Writer at Work: Comparing and Contrasting Textual Conventions
  Note for Multilingual Writers
  Using Textual Conventions
For Thought, Discussion, and Writing
PART II Writing in College
4. Analyzing Texts and Contexts
Understanding Your Audience
  Student Essay: Hope Leman, “The Role of Journalists in American Society: A Comparison of the 'Mirror' and 'Flashlight' Models”
Understanding How Analysis Works
  Establishing a Purpose for Your Analysis
  Developing an Appropriate Method for Your Analysis
  Questions for Developing an Appropriate Method for Analysis
Understanding the Relationship between Analysis and Argument
  Analyzing Academic Arguments
  Determining the Question at Issue
  Stasis Questions
  Essay: Amitai Etzioni, “Less Privacy Is Good for Us (and You)”
  Identifying an Author's Position on a Question
  Questions for Critical Reading
  Using Aristotle's Three Appeals
  Using Toulmin's Framework
  Recognizing Fallacies
  Guidelines for Identifying Fallacies
Putting Theory into Practice: Academic Analysis in Action
  Student Essay: Stevon Roberts, “The Price of Public Safety”
  Reading Visual Texts
  Guidelines for Analyzing Visual Texts
For Thought, Discussion, and Writing
5. Making and Supporting Claims
Understanding - and Designing - Academic Arguments
Exploring Aristotle's Three Appeals
Understanding the Role of Values and Beliefs in Argument
  Guidelines for Analyzing Your Own Values and Beliefs
  Note for Multilingual Writers
  For Exploration
*Mastering the Essential Moves in Academic Writing
  Determining Whether a Claim Can Be Argued
  Developing a Working Thesis
  Guidelines for Developing and Arguable Claim Providing Good Reasons and Supporting Them with Evidence
  For Exploration
  Questions for Evaluating Evidence
  Acknowledging Possible Counterarguments
  *Framing Your Argument as Part of the Conversation
  Using Visuals to Strengthen Your Argument
  Guidelines for Using Visuals in Academic Writing
*Composing an Academic Argument: A Case Study
  Daniel Stieplman, “Literacy in America: Reading between the Lines”
For Thought, Discussion, and Writing
*6. Doing Research: Joining the Scholarly Conversation
Questions for Analyzing Your Rhetorical Situation As A Researcher
*Considering Multiple Perspectives
*Looking at a Variety of Sources
  Using Reference Works
  Browsing the Scholarly Literature
  Using Review Articles and Scholarly Anthologies
  Exploring the Social Web
*Coping with Uncertainty
*Keeping an Open Mind
*Finding a Focus
*Gathering Information
*Planning Your Research Process
  Questions to Help You Start Your Research
*Managing Your Time 
*Staying Organized
  Saving What You Find Online
  Citation Managers
  Guidelines for Managing a Research Project
  Note for Multilingual Writers
*Finding and Participating in the Conversations about Your Topic
  The Basics of Online Searches
    Keyword Searches.
    Searching the Internet and Searching Specialized Databases
    Alternatives to Keyword Searching
    Controlled Vocabulary and Thesauri
Research Tools
  Article (or Periodical) Databases
  Questions To Consider When Choosing An Article Database
  Library Catalogs
  Questions To Consider When Using Library Catalogs
  Searching the Internet.
  Using the Social Web
*Conducting Field Research
  Guidelines for Conducting Interviews
  Guidelines for Designing and Using Questionnaires
*Understanding and Evaluating Sources
  Choosing Different Types of Source
  Peer-Reviewed (Scholarly) Articles
  Online Sources
  Tools for Evaluating Peer-Reviewed Articles
    Scholarly Blogs
    Ratings and Reviews on the Social Web
    Citation Tracking
Guidelines for Evaluating Sources
*Using Sources Ethically and Appropriately
  Guidelines for Determining When to Quote, Paraphrase or Summarize
  Avoiding Plagiarism
  Guidelines for Avoiding Plagiarism
  Note for Multilingual Writers
  Using Appropriate Citation Styles
*Understanding and Asserting Your Rights as a Content Creator
  Copyleft, Creative Commons, and Privacy
*Using Visuals Effectively
Sample Research Essay Using MLA Documentation Style
    Student Essay: Alletta Brenner, “Sweatshop U.S.A.: Human Trafficking in the American Garment-Manufacturing Industry”
For Thought, Discussion, and Writing
7. Writing in the Disciplines: Making Choices as You Write
Thinking Rhetorically about Writing in the Disciplines
  Questions for Analyzing Writing in the Disciplines
Writing in the Humanities
Sample Student Essays in the Humanities
  Julie Baird and Stevon Roberts, “I Think I Am, I Think I Am”
  Elizabeth Ridlington, “Lincoln's Presidency and Public Opinion”
Writing in the Natural and Applied Sciences
Sample Student Essay in the Natural and Applied Sciences
  Tara Gupta, “Field Measurements of Photosynthesis and Transpiration Rates in Dwarf Snapdragon (Chaenorrhinum minus Lange): An Investigation of Water Stress Adaptations”
Writing in the Social Sciences
*Sample Student Essay in the Social Sciences
  *Tawnya Redding, “Mood Music: Music Preference and the Risk for Depression and Suicide in Adolescents”
Writing in Business
Sample Student Memo for Business Writing
  Michelle Rosowsky and Carina Abernathy, “Taylor Nursery Bid”
For Thought, Discussion, and Writing
PART III Practical Strategies for Reading and Writing
8. Strategies for Reading
Applying Rhetorical Sensitivity to Your Reading
Recognizing the Importance of Genre
  Questions to ask about Academic Genres
  Note for Multilingual Writers
Becoming a Strong Reader
  Guidelines for Effective Reading
Developing Critical Reading Skills
    Note for Multilingual Writers
    Questions for Previewing a Text
  Analyzing Visual Elements
    Questions for Analyzing the Use of Visuals in a Text
    Questions for Annotating a Text
    Guidelines for Summarizing a Text
  Analyzing Lines of Argument
    Questions for Analyzing a Text's Argument
    Note for Multilingual Writers
For Thought, Discussion, and Writing
9. Strategies for Invention
  Discovering Ideas
  Note for Multilingual Writers
  Guidelines for Group Brainstorming
  Asking the Journalist's Questions
Exploring Ideas
  Asking the Topical Questions
  Questions for Exploring a Topic
  Note for Multilingual Writers
  Writing a Discovery Draft
  Guidelines for Troubleshooting
For Thought, Discussion, and Writing
10. Strategies for Planning and Drafting
Understanding the Process of Planning
  Establishing a Working Thesis
  Formulating a Workable Plan
  Note for Multilingual Writers
Developing Effective Strategies for Drafting
  Managing the Drafting Process
Developing and Organizing Your Ideas
  Using a Thesis Statement
  Developing Ideas
  Note for Multilingual Writers
  Following Textual Conventions
For Thought, Discussion, and Writing
11. Strategies for Designing Pages and Screens
Looking at Design and the Rhetorical Situation
  Note for Multilingual Writers
Understanding the Basic Principles of Design
  Guidelines for Thinking Rhetorically About Document Design
Formatting and Layout
  Guidelines for Using Color Effectively
  Fonts and Typefaces
Choosing Effective Headings
  Type Size and Style
Using Visuals Effectively
  Guidelines for Using Visuals Effectively
Making Effective Decisions about Design: Sample Documents
For Thought, Discussion, and Writing
12. Strategies for Revision
Revising through Re-Vision
  Guidelines for Revising Objectively
Asking the Big Questions: Revising for Focus, Content, and Organization
  Examining Your Own Writing
  Questions for Evaluating Focus, Content, and Organization
*One Student Writer's Revision for Focus, Content, and Organization
  *Stevon Roberts: “My Identity Crisis-And Yours”
Benefiting from Responses to Work in Progress
  Note for Multilingual Writers
  Responses from Friends and Family Members
  Responses from Classmates
  Guidelines for Peer Response
  Responses from Writing Center Tutors
  Guidelines for Meeting with a Writing Tutor
  Responses from Your Instructor
  Guidelines for Using Your Instructor's Responses
Keeping Your Readers on Track: Revising for Style
  Achieving Coherence
  Guidelines for Revising for Coherence
  Finding an Appropriate Voice
  Revising for Effective Prose Style
  Guidelines for Effective Prose Style
For Thought, Discussion, and Writing
Writers' References
  MLA Documentation Guidelines
  APA Documentation Guidelines


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