Writing: A College Handbook / Edition 5

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Through four successful editions, Writing: A College Handbook’s positive approach has not only empowered students to write effectively, it has challenged students to consider why good writing matters.
The Fifth Edition builds on this emphasis, exemplifying in clear, engaging prose the skills that students need to communicate in a wide variety of rhetorical contexts. A reliable and easy-to-use reference tool and an up-to-date rhetoric and research guide, Writing: A College Handbook invites students to discover the power of effective writing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393974263
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 840
  • Sales rank: 457,188
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Atwill is Associate Professor of English at the University of Tennessee, where she teaches courses in writing, critical theory, and rhetorical history and theory. She is currently working with faculty across the university in developing service learning and cultural studies programs. Her research focuses on rhetoric as an art of intervention and invention. Professor Atwill is the author of Rhetoric Reclaimed: Aristotle and the Liberal Arts Tradition.

James A. W. Heffernan, Professor of English and Professor in the Art of Writing at Dartmouth College, has published extensively on English Romantic poetry and on the relation between literature and visual art. His books include Wordsworth’s Theory of Poetry: The Transforming Imagination, The Re-Creation of Landscape: A Study of Wordsworth, Constable, and Turner, Representing the French Revolution: Literature, Historiography, and Art, and Museum of Words: The Poetics of Ekphrasis.

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Table of Contents


1 Building Rhetorical Power

2 Preparing to Write

3 Strategies for Active Writing and Reading

4 Exploratory Drafting and Thesis Statements

5 Planning and Organizing Your Text

6 Developing Your Text

7 Writing Paragraphs

8 Style—Using a Community's Language

9 Revising Your Text

10 Editing and Proofreading

11 Persuasion and Argument

12 Document Design


13 The Simple Sentence

14 Modifiers

15 Coordination—Compound Sentences

16 Parallel Construction

17 Subordination—Complex Sentences

18 Coordination and Subordination

19 Sentence Fragments

20 Using Pronouns

21 Subject-Verb Agreement

22 Verbs—Tense

23 Verbs—Sequence of Tenses

24 Verbs—Active and Passive Voice

25 Verbs—Mood

26 Direct and Indirect Reporting of Discourse

27 Invigorating Your Style

28 Academic English for Nonnative Speakers


29 The Comma

30 The Semicolon and the Colon

31 End Marks

32 Quotation Marks and Quoting

33 The Dash, Parentheses, the Slash

34 Spelling, Hyphen, Apostrophe

35 Mechanics


36 The Research Process

37 Notetaking

38 Writing the Research Paper

39 Documenting the Research Paper

40 Preparing the Final Copy of the Research Paper


41 Writing about Literature

42 Writing and Research in Different Disciplines


43 Writing in the World of Work

44 Writing for Public Service

45 Grant Writing for Nonprofit Groups

Glossary of Usage

Glossary of Grammatical Terms

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