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With its innovative content, captivating design, and practical advice, WRITING: A MANUAL FOR THE DIGITAL AGE WITH EXERCISES, BRIEF Second Edition, will help you learn to write effectively and confidently in situations that matter to you. The book's visual examples and helpful checklists show you how to make smart rhetorical decisions about writing, research, documentation, design, technology, and grammar. It's an indispensable handbook that you'll turn to time and again—whether writing and researching projects in college, designing a marketing brochure, or posting to your blog.

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"I told my book rep. that I have never fallen so in love with a textbook before as this one; it is clear, user-friendly, informative, fresh, creative—and it makes the subject matter salient and fun."

"I teach at a community college and I have students in my classes from 16-80. What I find more and more is that students need a handbook that develops common ground for all of them. This is hard to do, but I think you have hit that middle ground."

"The focus on different disciplines is marvelous! There is a difference in how you research for science versus the humanities. Great explanations of the differences and strong suggestions for how to guide the students through different types of research."

"The step-by-step approach to a research project is appropriate, and I find it more user-friendly than any other handbook I have reviewed or used."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111344542
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 1,296,392
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Blakesley is the Campbell Chair in Technical Communication and Professor of English at Clemson University. Previously, he was a Professor of English and Director of Professional Writing at Purdue University. In 2002, he also founded Parlor Press, a scholarly publishing company that has already published some 35 titles and is growing rapidly. Dave's teaching and research interests are in the areas of digital and multimedia publishing, visual rhetoric, modern rhetorical theory, and technical communication.

Jeff Hoogeveen is a professor and the Director of the Composition Program at Lincoln University. He teaches composition, advanced writing and film courses.

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Table of Contents

Part I: MANAGING YOUR WRITING. 1. Writing and Rhetoric in Context. 2. Inventing and Developing Content. 3. Revising, Editing, and Proofreading. Part II: READING AND WRITING CRITICALLY. 4. Reading Critically. 5. Reading Literature Critically. 6. Reading Images Critically. 7. Writing Arguments. 8. Writing for Business and the Workplace. Part III: CONDUCTING RESEARCH. 9. Conceptualizing the Research Project. 10. Online Research. 11. Library and Field Research. 12. Using Source Ethically. Part IV: MLA STYLE. 13. MLA Documentation. Part V: APA, CMS, CSE, AND CGOS STYLES. 14. APA Documentation. 15. CMS Documentation. 16. CSE Documentation. Part VI: DESIGNING AND PRESENTING INFORMATION. 17. Using Visuals to Inform and Persuade. 18. Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design for Writers. 19. Designing Interactive Oral Presentations. Part VII: WRITING IN DIGITAL SPACES. 20. Networking with Others on the Web. 21. Writing and Rhetoric on the Web. 22. Writing for Online Courses (New chapter!). 23. Designing Websites and Multimedia Projects. Part VIII: MAKING CHOICES ABOUT STYLE. 24. Sentences in Context. 25. Parallelism. 26. Coordination and Subordination. 27. Conciseness, Variety, and Emphasis. 28. Effective Word Use. 29. Language and Diverse Audiences. Part IX: UNDERSTANDING AND REVISING SENTENCES. 30. Parts of Speech and Sentence Structure. 31. Fragments. 32. Run-Ons and Comma Splices. 33. Pronouns. 34. Verbs. 35. Subject-Verb Agreement. 36. Adjectives, Adverbs, and Modifying Phrases. Part X: PUNCTUATING WITH PURPOSE. 37. End Punctuation. 38. Commas. 39. Semicolons. 40. Colons. 41. Apostrophes. 42. Quotation Marks. 43. Other Punctuation Marks. Part XI: UNDERSTANDING MECHANICS. 44. Capitalization and Italics. 45. Abbreviations and Numbers. 46. Spelling and Hyphens. Part XII: GRAMMAR FOR MULTILINGUAL WRITERS. 47. ESL Writing for Academic Purposes. 48. Nouns and Articles. 49. Verbs and Verbals. 50. English Sentence Structure. Glossary. Index.

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