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Academic Writer 2e


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Written in Lisa Ede's accessible, supportive style, The Academic Writer is an affordable, brief guide to the essentials of academic writing and research. By framing writing situations in terms of the writer, reader, text, and medium, the text helps students think rhetorically and make effective choices as they write. Abundant student models, advice on writing in the disciplines, and attention to visuals and design make this text a perfect introduction to college writing — at a great price.

About the Author

LISA EDE is a professor of English and the director of the Center for Writing and Learning at Oregon State University, where she has taught since 1980. She has published a number of books and articles collaboratively with Andrea A. Lunsford, including Singular Texts/Plural Authors: Perspectives on Collaborative Writing and “Audience Addressed/Audience Invoked: The Role of Audience in Composition Theory and Pedagogy,” which won the CCCC's Braddock Award in 1985. Ede is also a recipient of the prestigious Shaughnessy Award. Among her other publications are Situating Composition: Composition Studies and the Politics of Location and Essays on Classical Rhetoric and Modern Discourse (with Andrea A. Lunsford and Robert J. Connors). In addition, for Bedford/St. Martin's, Ede is the editor of On Writing Research: The Braddock Essays, 1975-1998 and co-editor, with Andrea Lunsford, of Selected Essays of Robert J. Connors.

Table of Contents

PART I Writing Matters: Writing and Rhetoric in the Twenty-First Century
1. Rethinking Writing: A Rhetorical Process for Composing Texts
Understanding the Impact of Communication Technologies on Writing

Writing and Rhetoric

Composing - and Designing - Texts

Developing Rhetorical Sensitivity

     Note for Multilingual Writers

     Note for Multilingual Writers

For Thought, Discussion, and Writing

2. Academic Writing: Committing to the Process
Managing the Writing Process

     Identifying Composing Styles

     Note for Multilingual Writers

     Analyzing Your Composing Process

     Questions for Analyzing Your Composing Process

Writing Communities

     Finding a Community

     Working Collaboratively

     Guidelines for Group Work

For Thought, Discussion, and Writing

3. Analyzing Rhetorical Situations
Learning to Analyze Your Rhetorical Situation

     Note for Multilingual Writers

     Using Your Rhetorical Analysis to Guide Your Writing

     Questions for Analyzing Your Rhetorical Situation

     Setting Preliminary Goals

     *Student Essay: Alia Sands, “A Separate Education”

Using Aristotle's Three Appeals

     Student Essay: Brandon Barrett, “The All-Purpose Answer”

Analyzing Textual Conventions

     Characteristics of an Effective Academic Essay

     Observing a Professional Writer at Work: Comparing and Contrasting Textual Conventions

     Note for Multilingual Writers

     Using Textual Conventions

For Thought, Discussion, and Writing

PART II Writing in College
4. Analyzing Texts and Contexts
Understanding Your Audience

     Student Essay: Hope Leman, “The Role of Journalists in American Society: A Comparison of the 'Mirror' and 'Flashlight' Models”

Understanding How Analysis Works

     Establishing a Purpose for Your Analysis

     Developing an Appropriate Method for Your Analysis

     Questions for Developing an Appropriate Method for Analysis

Understanding the Relationship between Analysis and Argument

     Analyzing Academic Arguments

     Determining the Question at Issue

     Stasis Questions

     Essay: Amitai Etzioni, “Less Privacy Is Good for Us (and You)”

     Identifying an Author's Position on a Question

     Questions for Critical Reading

     Using Aristotle's Three Appeals

     Using Toulmin's Framework

     Recognizing Fallacies

     Guidelines for Identifying Fallacies

Putting Theory into Practice: Academic Analysis in Action

     Student Essay: Stevon Roberts, “The Price of Public Safety”

     Reading Visual Texts

     Guidelines for Analyzing Visual Texts

For Thought, Discussion, and Writing

5. Making and Supporting Claims
Understanding - and Designing - Academic Arguments

Exploring Aristotle's Three Appeals

Understanding the Role of Values and Beliefs in Argument

     Guidelines for Analyzing Your Own Values and Beliefs

     Note for Multilingual Writers

     For Exploration

*Mastering the Essential Moves in Academic Writing

     Determining Whether a Claim Can Be Argued

     Developing a Working Thesis

     Guidelines for Developing and Arguable Claim Providing Good Reasons and Supporting Them with Evidence

     For Exploration

     Questions for Evaluating Evidence

     Acknowledging Possible Counterarguments

     *Framing Your Argument as Part of the Conversation

     Using Visuals to Strengthen Your Argument

     Guidelines for Using Visuals in Academic Writing

*Composing an Academic Argument: A Case Study

     Daniel Stieplman, “Literacy in America: Reading between the Lines”

For Thought, Discussion, and Writing

*6. Doing Research: Joining the Scholarly Conversation
Questions for Analyzing Your Rhetorical Situation As A Researcher


*Considering Multiple Perspectives

*Looking at a Variety of Sources

     Using Reference Works



     Browsing the Scholarly Literature

     Using Review Articles and Scholarly Anthologies

     Exploring the Social Web

*Coping with Uncertainty

*Keeping an Open Mind

*Finding a Focus

*Gathering Information

*Planning Your Research Process

     Questions to Help You Start Your Research

*Managing Your Time 

*Staying Organized

     Saving What You Find Online

     Citation Managers

     Guidelines for Managing a Research Project

     Note for Multilingual Writers

*Finding and Participating in the Conversations about Your Topic

     The Basics of Online Searches


          Keyword Searches.

          Searching the Internet and Searching Specialized Databases

          Alternatives to Keyword Searching

          Controlled Vocabulary and Thesauri

Research Tools

     Article (or Periodical) Databases

     Questions To Consider When Choosing An Article Database

     Library Catalogs

     Questions To Consider When Using Library Catalogs

     Searching the Internet.

     Using the Social Web

*Conducting Field Research


     Guidelines for Conducting Interviews


     Guidelines for Designing and Using Questionnaires



*Understanding and Evaluating Sources

     Choosing Different Types of Source

     Peer-Reviewed (Scholarly) Articles

     Online Sources

     Tools for Evaluating Peer-Reviewed Articles

          Scholarly Blogs

          Ratings and Reviews on the Social Web

          Citation Tracking

Guidelines for Evaluating Sources


*Using Sources Ethically and Appropriately

     Guidelines for Determining When to Quote, Paraphrase or Summarize

     Avoiding Plagiarism

     Guidelines for Avoiding Plagiarism

     Note for Multilingual Writers

     Using Appropriate Citation Styles

*Understanding and Asserting Your Rights as a Content Creator


     Copyleft, Creative Commons, and Privacy

*Using Visuals Effectively

Sample Research Essay Using MLA Documentation Style

          Student Essay: Alletta Brenner, “Sweatshop U.S.A.: Human Trafficking in the American Garment-Manufacturing Industry”

For Thought, Discussion, and Writing

7. Writing in the Disciplines: Making Choices as You Write
Thinking Rhetorically about Writing in the Disciplines

     Questions for Analyzing Writing in the Disciplines

Writing in the Humanities

Sample Student Essays in the Humanities

     Julie Baird and Stevon Roberts, “I Think I Am, I Think I Am”

     Elizabeth Ridlington, “Lincoln's Presidency and Public Opinion”

Writing in the Natural and Applied Sciences

Sample Student Essay in the Natural and Applied Sciences

     Tara Gupta, “Field Measurements of Photosynthesis and Transpiration Rates in Dwarf Snapdragon (Chaenorrhinum minus Lange): An Investigation of Water Stress Adaptations”

Writing in the Social Sciences

*Sample Student Essay in the Social Sciences

     *Tawnya Redding, “Mood Music: Music Preference and the Risk for Depression and Suicide in Adolescents”

Writing in Business

Sample Student Memo for Business Writing

     Michelle Rosowsky and Carina Abernathy, “Taylor Nursery Bid”

For Thought, Discussion, and Writing

PART III Practical Strategies for Reading and Writing
8. Strategies for Reading
Applying Rhetorical Sensitivity to Your Reading

Recognizing the Importance of Genre

     Questions to ask about Academic Genres

     Note for Multilingual Writers

Becoming a Strong Reader

     Guidelines for Effective Reading

Developing Critical Reading Skills


          Note for Multilingual Writers

          Questions for Previewing a Text

     Analyzing Visual Elements

          Questions for Analyzing the Use of Visuals in a Text


          Questions for Annotating a Text


          Guidelines for Summarizing a Text

     Analyzing Lines of Argument

          Questions for Analyzing a Text's Argument

          Note for Multilingual Writers

For Thought, Discussion, and Writing

9. Strategies for Invention
     Discovering Ideas

     Note for Multilingual Writers




     Guidelines for Group Brainstorming


     Asking the Journalist's Questions

Exploring Ideas

     Asking the Topical Questions

     Questions for Exploring a Topic


     Note for Multilingual Writers

     Writing a Discovery Draft


     Guidelines for Troubleshooting

For Thought, Discussion, and Writing

10. Strategies for Planning and Drafting
Understanding the Process of Planning

     Establishing a Working Thesis


     Formulating a Workable Plan

     Note for Multilingual Writers

Developing Effective Strategies for Drafting

     Managing the Drafting Process



Developing and Organizing Your Ideas

     Using a Thesis Statement

     Developing Ideas

     Note for Multilingual Writers

     Following Textual Conventions

For Thought, Discussion, and Writing

11. Strategies for Designing Pages and Screens
Looking at Design and the Rhetorical Situation

     Note for Multilingual Writers

Understanding the Basic Principles of Design

     Guidelines for Thinking Rhetorically About Document Design





Formatting and Layout


     Guidelines for Using Color Effectively

     Fonts and Typefaces



Choosing Effective Headings


     Type Size and Style


Using Visuals Effectively

     Guidelines for Using Visuals Effectively

Making Effective Decisions about Design: Sample Documents

For Thought, Discussion, and Writing

12. Strategies for Revision
Revising through Re-Vision

     Guidelines for Revising Objectively

Asking the Big Questions: Revising for Focus, Content, and Organization

     Examining Your Own Writing

     Questions for Evaluating Focus, Content, and Organization

*One Student Writer's Revision for Focus, Content, and Organization

     *Stevon Roberts: “My Identity Crisis-And Yours”

Benefiting from Responses to Work in Progress

     Note for Multilingual Writers

     Responses from Friends and Family Members

     Responses from Classmates

     Guidelines for Peer Response

     Responses from Writing Center Tutors

     Guidelines for Meeting with a Writing Tutor

     Responses from Your Instructor

     Guidelines for Using Your Instructor's Responses

Keeping Your Readers on Track: Revising for Style

     Achieving Coherence

     Guidelines for Revising for Coherence

     Finding an Appropriate Voice

     Revising for Effective Prose Style

     Guidelines for Effective Prose Style

For Thought, Discussion, and Writing

Writers' References

     MLA Documentation Guidelines

     APA Documentation Guidelines


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