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With its unique focus on source-based writing and writing across the curriculum, the third edition of The Academic Writer’s Handbook contains all the features of a traditional handbook combined with the tools students need in order to read, write, and conduct research in the disciplines.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205599103
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Series: MyCompLab Series
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents


Part 1 Critical Thinking and Reading

1. Critical Habits of Mind

a Distinguishing academic writing from personal and business writing

b Cultivating wonder and a passion for ideas

c Seeking and questioning similarities and differences

d Challenge and be challenged

e Consider broader contexts

2. Understanding Sources

a Understanding print sources

b Understanding Web sites

c Understanding images

3. Critical Thinking and Reading to Evaluate

a Evaluating print sources

b Evaluating Web sites

c Evaluating images

4. Responding to Sources

a Setting goals for reading to respond

b Applying techniques for reading to respond

c Moving personal responses into your papers

5. Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting

a Summarizing and paraphrasing sources

b Quoting sources

c Altering quotations

6. Weaving Sources into Your Papers

a Building evidence-based paragraphs

b Making standard “moves” with sources

c Weaving quotations into your sentences

d Identifying authors in your sentences

7. Synthesizing Sources

a Understanding your purpose for synthesizing sources

b Creating an index to your sources

Part 2 Critical Thinking and Writing

8. Understanding Your Assignment and Audience

a Understanding your assignment

b The audience for your assigned paper

c Generating ideas and information

9. Devising the Thesis

a Thesis definitions

b Focusing on the claim and your ambitions for the paper

10. Planning the Paper and Building the Draft

a Using the working thesis to identify parts of the paper

b Preparing a formal outline

c Writing a draft collaboratively

d Sample student paper: First draft

11. Global Revision and Peer Review

a Bringing your main idea into focus

b Peer review

12. Section/Paragraph/Sentence Revision

a Section-level revision: Developing your main idea

b Paragraph-level revision

c Sentence-level revision

d Sample student paper: Final draft

Part 3 Making Arguments in the Disciplines

13. Writing Arguments in the Humanities

a Overview of the humanities

b Making arguments in the humanities

14. Writing Arguments in the Social Sciences

a Overview of the social sciences

b Making arguments in the social sciences

15. Writing in the Natural and Applied Sciences

a Overview of the sciences

b Making arguments in the sciences

c Types of writing assignments in the sciences

16. Applying Principles of Academic Writing to Business Settings

a Overview of business communication

b Writing letters or e-mails of inquiry, complaint, and application

c Writing résumés (print and Web-based

d Making oral presentations

Part 4 Library of Academic Writing

17. Summary

a Summary defined

b Planning and writing the paper

Sample student paper in the Humanities (MLA)

18. Explanation

a Explanation defined

b Planning and writing the paper

Sample student paper in the Social Sciences (APA)

19. Analysis

a Analysis defined

b Planning and writing the paper

Sample student papers:

in the Social Sciences (APA)

in the Sciences (CSE)

20. Literary Analysis

a Literary analysis defined

b Planning and writing the paper

Sample student paper in the Humanities (MLA)

21. Critique

a Critique defined

b Planning and writing the paper

Sample student papers:

in the Humanities (MLA)

in the Social Sciences (APA)

22. Argument

a Argument defined

b Making a claim

c Ethos: Establishing yourself as trustworthy

d Logos: Supporting your claim with logical reasons

e Pathos: Supporting your claim with emotional reasons

f Gathering evidence

g Avoiding fallacies of evidence and logic

h Responding to counterarguments

i Writing your argument

Sample student paper in the Humanities (MLA)

23. Proposal

a Proposal defined

b Planning and writing the paper

Sample student paper in the Sciences (CSE)

24. Essay exams

a Essay exam writing defined

b Planning and writing the in-class essay

c A note on “Big Ideas”

Sample student essay exam in the Sciences (CSE)

Part 5 Research

25. The Research Process

a Defining the task: Topic, purpose, and audience

b Identifying your research question

c Generating a plan for research

d Devising a working thesis and writing a draft

e Record-keeping: Creating a working bibliography

26. Locating Electronic and Print Sources

a Reviewing sources for preliminary research and reading

b Focusing your research

c Locating sources on the Web

d Additional Web sites for researchers

e Bringing your research to an end

27. Avoiding Plagiarism

a Citing sources

b Causes of plagiarism

c Three rules for avoiding plagiarism

d Determining common knowledge

e Plagiarism, the Internet, and “Fair Use”

f Collaboration and plagiarism

Part 6 MLA Documentation

28. Using the MLA System of Documentation

Quick Index

a In-text citations

b Works Cited models

Part 7 APA, CMS, CSE Documentation

29. Using the APA System of Documentation

Quick Index

a In-text citations

b References

30. Using the CMS and CSE Systems of Documentation


a First and subsequent references in CMS notes

b CMS notes style


c In-text citations in CSE format

d Entries in the CSE References list

Part 8 Multimedia Resources

31. Multimedia Presentations

a Writing and multimedia: Similarities and differences

b Composing Web sites

c Composing blogs

d Composing wikis

e Composing slideshows

f Composing audio podcasts

g Composing digital video

h Designing written documents

32. Digital Sources: Images, Audio, Video

a Fair use/Transformative use

b Public domain

c Copyright friendly

d Resources for finding digital media

e A reminder

Part 9 Revising for Sentence Structure and Clarity

33. Correcting Sentence Fragments

a Dependent clauses

b Phrases

c Compound predicates

34. Correcting Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

a Identifying errors

b Correcting errors

35. Building Emphasis with Coordination and Subordination

a Coordination with and/but, consequently

b Subordination with while, when, because

c Mixing coordination and subordination

36. Correcting Errors in Consistency

a Shifts in person and number

b Shifts in tense, mood, and voice

c Direct and indirect speech

d Logic among sentence parts

e Consistent relations

f Constructions with missing words

g Clear comparisons

37. Being Clear, Concise, and Direct

a Wordiness

b Strong verbs

38. Precision: Choosing the Right Word

a Dictionary entries

b Vocabulary building

c The impact of words

d Tone

e Biased language

Part 10 Revising for Correctness

39. Using Verbs

a Principal parts

b Irregular verbs

c Auxiliary verbs

d Transitive and intransitive verbs

e Tense

f Tense sequencing

g Active and passive voices

h Mood

40. Correcting Errors in Subject-Verb Agreement

a Subject number and verb agreement

b Indefinite (in number) and other subjects

41. Correcting Errors in Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement & Reference

a Pronoun-antecedent and number

b Clear pronoun reference

42. Correcting Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

a Positioning modifiers

b Limiting modifiers

c Squinting modifiers

d Disruptive modifiers

e Dangling modifiers

43. Using Adjectives and Adverbs

a Adjectives and adverbs

b Adjectives and linking verbs

c Using comparatives and superlatives

d Logic of comparatives and superlatives

e Double comparisons, superlatives, and negatives

f Past and present participles as adjectives

44. Using Nouns and Pronouns

a Pronouns as subjects

b Pronouns as objects

c Nouns/pronouns to show possession

d Pronouns in compound constructions

e Pronouns paired with nouns

f Choosing who/whom

g Pronouns in comparisons

45. Correcting Faulty Parallelism

a Parallelism with and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet

b Parallelism with either/or, neither/nor, both/and, not only/but also

c Parallelism in sentences with compared and contrasted elements

Part 11 Revising Punctuation, Mechanics, and Spelling

46. Using End Punctuation

a The period

b The question mark

c The exclamation point

47. Using Commas

a Commas with introductory and concluding expressions

b Commas before coordinating conjunctions

c Commas between items in a series

d Commas to set off nonessential elements

e Conventions of quoting, naming, and various forms of separation

f Misuse or overuse of commas

48. Using Semicolons

a Linking independent clauses

b Linking independent clauses with a conjunctive adverb (however,


c Linking independent clauses with a coordinating conjunction (and, but)

d Separating items in a series

e Quotation marks and semicolons

49. Using Apostrophes

a Possession with nouns and pronouns

b Contractions marking the omission of letters and numbers

c Plural forms of letters, numbers, and symbols

50. Using Quotations Marks

a Direct quotations

b Dialogue and other material

c Misuse or overuse of quotation marks

51. Using Other Marks

a The colon

b Dashes for emphasis

c Parentheses to set off nonessential information

d Brackets for editorial clarification

e Ellipses to indicate a break in continuity

f The slash

52. Using Capitals

a The first letter of the first word in every sentence

b Words of significance in a title

c The first word in every line of poetry, according to conventions

d Proper nouns

53. Using Italics

a Words for specific emphasis

b Words, letters, and numbers to be defined or identified

c Titles of book-length works

d The Internet

54. Using Abbreviations

a Titles of rank both before and after proper names

b Specific dates and numbers

c Acronyms, uppercase abbreviations, and corporate abbreviations

d Latin expressions

e Misuse of abbreviations

55. Using Numbers in Writing

a Numbers that begin sentences and one-or two-word numbers

b Conventional use of numbers

56. Using Hyphens

a Compound words

b Word divisions at the end of a line

57. Making Spelling Decisions

a Homonyms and commonly confused words

b Basic rules for ie/ei

c Rules for using prefixes

d Rules for using suffixes

e Rules for forming plurals

Part 12 Multilingual Users’ Guide

58. The Fundamentals of Grammar

a Five patterns

b Sentence parts

c Phrases

d Clauses

e Sentence classification

59. Using English Nouns, Pronouns, and Articles

a English nouns

b Articles with nouns

c Nouns with prepositions

60. Using English Verbs

a Different types of verbs

b Verb forms

c Word order

d Helping verbs

e Gerunds and infinitives

f Two- and three-word verbs with participles

61. Using Modifiers and Connectors in English Sentences

a Single-word adjectives and nouns

b Adjectival modifiers with linking verbs and prepositions

c Adverbial modifiers

d Phrases and clauses to modify nouns and pronouns

e Clauses and phrases with connecting words

f Cumulative modifiers

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