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KEYS FOR WRITERS is a valuable resource for students in all disciplines throughout their college careers and beyond. The authors' concise presentation of key concepts, such as the writing process, critical thinking, grammar fundamentals, and integration and acknowledgment of sources, can help students in all college disciplines as well as in the workplace.
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"Chapter 7 [Searching for Sources] is one of the best improvements that I have seen in years. It provides great explanatory breakdowns for the newer researcher. It also provides a wonderful list of the better databases, with clarification. If I did not know better, I would think that someone sat in my classroom and recorded all the points that are necessary to include in any research paper."

"I have used Keys for Writers for years as both a required and a recommended text. I find it extremely comprehensive yet easy to use. I also tell students that it is a text that they can keep for years as a reference text for future writing, both academic and professional-it's a great investment!"

"I love the 'seven sins' approach to plagiarism. It goes far beyond what most textbooks include. There is also the section on cultural differences, something that we've had to deal with more as our international student population has grown. Kudos to the writers of this section. I've never seen such a well conceived and executed plan in other writing textbooks. The bulleted guidelines present the exact information that I like to share with students."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111841751
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/31/2013
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 66,669
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Raimes, a respected authority on writing, research, grammar, and ESL, created the KEYS FOR WRITERS family of handbooks (Cengage Learning) to be the most accessible, user-friendly handbooks available.

Susan K. Miller-Cochran is professor of English at North Carolina State University and director of the First-Year Writing Program. She received both a Master of Teaching English as a Second Language (MTESL) and a Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Rhetoric/Composition and Linguistics, from Arizona State University. Dr. Miller-Cochran currently serves as the Vice President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and will be the incoming President in 2015. Her work focuses on the intersections of technology, second-language writing, and writing program administration. Widely published and a much-sought-after presenter, she is also new co-author--with Ann Raimes--of the KEYS FOR WRITING family of handbooks (Cengage Learning).

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Table of Contents

PART I: THE WRITING PROCESS. 1. Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing. 2. Drafting in Stages. 3. Revising, Editing, and Proofreading. 4. Writing and Analyzing Arguments. 5. Writing in Academic Disciplines. PART II: RESEARCH/SOURCES/DOCUMENTATION. 6. The Research Process: A Conversation with Sources. 7. Searching for Sources. 8. How to Evaluate Sources. 9. How to Avoid Plagiarizing. 10. How to Use, Integrate, and Document Sources. PART III: MLA DOCUMENTATION. 11. Citing Sources in Your Paper, MLA Style. 12. MLA List of Works Cited. 13. A Student's Research Paper, MLA Style. PART IV: APA, CSE, AND CHICAGO DOCUMENTATION. 14. Citing Sources in Your Paper, APA Style. 15. APA List of References. 16. A Student's Research Paper, APA Style. 17. CSE Style of Documentation. 18. Excerpt from a Student's Research Paper, CSE Style. 19. Chicago Manual of Style: Endnotes, Footnotes, and Bibliography. 20. Excerpt from a Student's Research Paper, Chicago Style. PART V: DESIGN, MEDIA, AND PRESENTATION. 21. Document Design. 22. Visuals. 23. Online Communication Forums. 24. Oral and Multimedia Presentations. 25. Portfolios 26. Resumes and Letters of Application. 27. Business Letters and Memos. PART VI: STYLE: THE FIVE C'S. 28. First C: Cut. 29. Second C: Check for Action. 30. Third C: Connect. 31. Fourth C: Commit. 32. Fifth C: Choose the Best Words. 33. Revising for Style: A Student's Drafts. 34. Style Tips. PART VII: COMMON SENTENCE PROBLEMS. 35. Trouble Spots and Terms. 36. Fixing a Sentence Fragment. 37. Run-ons and Comma Splices. 38. Sentence Snarls. 39. Verbs. 40. Passive Voice. 41. Subject-Verb Agreement. 42. Pronouns. 43. Adjectives and Adverbs. 44. Relative Clauses/Relative Pronouns. PART VIII: PUNCTUATION, MECHANICS, SPELLING. 45. Commas. 46. Apostrophes. 47. Quotation Marks. 48. Semicolons and Colons. 49. Other Punctuation Marks. 50. Italics/Underlining. 51. Capitalization. 52. Abbreviations. 53. Numbers. 54. Hyphens. 55. Online Guidelines. 56. Spelling. PART IX: WRITING ACROSS LANGUAGES AND CULTURES. 57. Language Diversity and Edited American English: Challenges for Multilingual Writers. 58. Nouns and Articles. 59. Verbs and Verb Forms. 60. Sentence Structure and Word Order. 61. Prepositions and Idioms. 62. Language Learners' FAQs. PART X: GLOSSARIES. 63. Words to Watch For: Glossary of Usage. 64. Glossary of Grammatical Terms. Index.
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