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WHAT IT TAKES Writing in College

Laurence Behrens Leonard J. Rosen

What It Takes: Writing in College introduces you to the four core skills you will need to succeed as a writer in college–summary, critique, synthesis, and analysis. From the authors of the bestselling classic, Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum, this handy guide walks you through the essentials of writing college papers.

  • For three decades, more than one million students have learned “what it takes”–skills needed to succeed not only in their writing courses but also in courses across the curriculum, from anthropology to zoology.
  • Engagingly written with lively examples and timely model papers, What It Takes will help you spot the crux of an argument and find the elements across a variety of sources that will bolster and invigorate your academic writing.
  • Success in many college courses depends upon how well you write papers and exams. The material in What It Takes has a proven track record of helping generations of students achieve this goal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205647828
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 11/4/2008
  • Series: Pearson English Value Textbook Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Summary

What Is a Summary?

Can a Summary Be Objective?

Using the Summary

The Reading Process

How to Write Summaries

Demonstration: Summary

How Long Should a Summary Be?

Avoiding Plagiarism

Chapter 2: Critical Reading and Critique

Critical Reading


Demonstration: Critique

Chapter 3: Synthesis

What is a Synthesis?


Using Your Sources

Types of Syntheses: Argument and Explanatory

How to Write Syntheses

The Argument Synthesis

Demonstration: Developing an Argument Synthesis- Balancing Privacy and Safetly in the Wake of Virginia Tech

Developing and Organizing the Support for Your Arguments

The Comparison-and-Contrast Synthesis

The Explanatory Synthesis


Chapter 4: Analysis

What Is an Analysis?

Demonstration: Analysis

How to Write Analyses

Analysis: A Tool for Understanding



APA Documentation: Basic Formats

MLA Documentation: Basic FormatsChecklist Survey

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