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Writing From Sources (7TH 07 - Old Edition)


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Writing from Sources provides students with a complete guide to the skills of doing research and integrating the results confidently and effectively into their own prose, while providing instructors with all the readings and prompts they need for a complete course in source-based writing. To teach students a reliable process for working with sources, the book builds systematically from simpler skills such as finding a topic and looking for sources to more demanding ones such as choosing appropriate sources and integrating them smoothly with the writer's own ideas, providing detailed guidance and examples for each step. Many exercises and writing assignments, supported by numerous readings ranging from brief excerpts to full essays, provide ample practice in every skill.

About the Author

BRENDA SPATT taught English at Herbert H. Lehman College of The City University of New York for 13 years before becoming the university's director of academic affairs and then associate dean.

Table of Contents

    To the Instructor

    To the Student




  1. Reading for Understanding



       Reading: William Leach, from Land of Desire

       Exercise 1: Annotating a Passage

         *Anne Hollander, from Sex and Suits

    Asking Questions

       Reading: Blanche Blank, A Question of Degree

       Exercise 2: Understanding What You Read

         *Jane Bernstein, A Victim of Circumstance

    Questioning the Author

      *Reading: Rubén Martínez: The Kindness of Strangers

       Exercise 3: Examining Intention

         *Martha C. Nussbaum, Cosmopolitan Emotions?

    Analyzing the Author's Use of Evidence and Reading

    Interpreting Evidence: Inference

       Exercise 4: Drawing Inferences

         *Marshall Poe, The Other Gender Gap

    Logical Reasoning

    Analyzing an Author's Logic

       Exercise 5: Analyzing an Author's Logic

         *Walter Newell, from The Code of Man



  2. Summarizing Sources

    Summarizing a Paragraph

       Exercise 6: Summarizing a Paragraph

          Andrew Sullivan, from The Love Bloat

          Bradford W. Wright, from Comic Book Nation

         *Gail Collins, from America's Women

          Daniel Boorstin, from Americans: The National Experience

         *Steven Pinker, from The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

    Summarizing an Article

       Reading: Selwyn Raab, Holdup Man Tells Detectives How to Do It

       Exercise 7: Summarizing an Article

         *Eric Hoover, Crying Foul Over Fans' Boorish Behavior

    Summarizing a Complex Essay

       Reading: Bertrand Russell, The Social Responsibility of Scientists

       Assignment 1: Summarizing an Essay

         *Shannon E. French, When Teaching the Ethics of War Is Not Academic

         *Neal Gabler, Our Celebrities, Ourselves

         *John Taylor Gatto, Against School


  3. Quoting Sources

    Reasons for Quoting

    Using Quotations

       Exercise 8: Quoting Correctly

    Quoting Accurately

       Tailoring Quotations to Fit Your Writing

       Exercise 9: Using Ellipses and Brackets in Quotations

    Writing Citations

    Deciding What to Quote

      *Reading: Lizabeth Caten, Feminizing Public Space

       Exercise 10: Why Quote?

         *Gail Collins, from America's Women

       Exercise 11: What to Quote

         *Edward Tenner, from Our Own Devices: The Past and Future of Body Technology

         *Fareed Zakaria, The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy At Home and Abroad

    Integrating Quotations into Your Paragraphs

       Exercise 12: Integrating Quotations Into a Paragraph

    Avoiding Plagiarism

       Exercise 13: Identifying Plagiarism


  4. Paraphrasing Sources

    Using Paraphrase in Your Essays

    Using Paraphrase as Preparation for Reading and Writing Essays

    Writing a Good Paraphrase

    Paraphrase and Summary

    Writing an Accurate Paraphrase

       Exercise 14: Identifying a Good Paraphrase

         *David Barash, from Evolution, Males, and Violence

    Paraphrasing a Difficult Text

    Writing a Literal Paraphrase

    Writing a Free Version of the Literal Paraphrase

       Assignment 2: Paraphrasing a Difficult Passage

    Using Paraphrase with Quotation and Summary

    Reading: Conor Cruise O'Brien, Violence — And Two Schools of Thought

    Exercise 15: Distinguishing Between Quotation, Paraphrase, Summary, and Commentary

         *Felicia R. Lee, Does Class Count in Today's Land of Opportunity?

    Citing Your Paraphrased Sources

    Writing a Paragraph that Incorporates Paraphrase and Quotation

      *Reading: Anthony Swofford, Jarhead

       Exercise 16: Writing a Paragraph That Incorporates Paraphrase and Quotation

    Presenting Sources: A Summary of Preliminary Writing Skills



  5. The Single-Source Essay

    Strategy One: Arguing Against Your Source

       Reading: Roger Sipher, So That Nobody Has to Go to School If They Don't Want To

    Presenting Your Source's Point of View

    Presenting Your Point of View

    An Argument Based On a Single Source

          Reading: Leon Botstein, Let Teenagers Try Adulthood

          Reading: Carl Singleton, What Our Education System Needs is More Fs

          Reading: Jana Dunn, Fixing the American High School System

       Assignment 3: Writing an Argument Based on a Single Source

         *Reading: Billie Wright Dziech, Forcing Greek Organizations to Go Coeducational Won't Lead to Greater Diversity

         *Reading: Jonathan Rauch, Now, For Tonight's Assignment...

         *Reading: Pat Hagan, Falling on Deaf Ears

    Strategy Two: Developing an Essay Based on a Source

    Finding and Narrowing a Topic

    Taking Notes and Writing a Thesis

    Deciding on a Strategy

    Structuring Your Essay

    Writing the Essay

    Revising the Essay

       Assignment 4: Writing an Essay Based on a Single Source

         *Christopher Clausen, An Army of One

         *Diana Schaub, The Pillars of the Temple of Liberty

         *Leon Kass, The End of Courtship


  6. The Multiple-Source Essay

    Selecting Information for a Multiple-Source Essay

       Exercise 17: Selecting and Presenting Information

       Assignment 5: Writing an Essay from Factual Information

    Generalizing from Examples

    Analyzing Multiple Sources

       Exercise 18: Analyzing Shades of Meaning in Multiple Sources

       Assignment 6: Writing a Definition Essay from Multiple Sources

    Synthesizing Multiple Sources

       Exercise 19: Identifying Common Ideas

    Organizing Multiple Sources

          Reading: Gene I. Maeroff, from Rule Tying Pupil Promotion to Reading Skill Stirs Worry

    How the Three Steps Work

    Evaluating Sources

    Writing a Synthesis Essay

       Exercise 20: Analyzing a Paragraph Based on a Synthesis of Sources

    Citing Sources for Synthesis

         *Reading: Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: Till Circumstances Do Us Part

       Assignment 7: Writing an Essay Synthesizing Multiple Sources

          Todd Gitlin, Disappearing Ink

       Assignment 8: Writing an Argument from Multiple Sources

         *Sandeep Jauhar, When Doctors Slam the Door

    When Not to Synthesize

    Synthesizing Sources in Academic Essays

       Reading: Jeffrey Rosen, from The Naked Crowd

       Exercise 21: Integrating Three Academic Sources

         *Fendrich, Lippit, and Malamud, In This Year's Fashion Jungle, Beastly Patterns Are the Sincerest Form of Fakery

       Assignment 9: Synthesizing Academic Sources

         *Bill Coplin, Lost in the Life of the Mind

         *Marshall Gregory, A Liberal Education Is Not a Luxury



  7. Finding Sources

    Topic Narrowing

       Exercise 22: Narrowing a Topic

       Exercise 23: Proposing a Topic

    Locating Sources

    Interviewing And Field Research

       Exercise 24: Writing About an Issue from Multiple Sources

    Saving and Recording Information for Your Bibliography

       Exercise 25: Compiling a Working Bibliography

       Assignment 10: Preparing a Topic Proposal for a Research Essay


  8. Evaluating Sources

    Learning More about Your Sources

    Evaluating Print Sources

    Evaluating Web Sources

    Evaluating Web Sources About Animal Rights

    Integrating Sources

       Exercise 26: Evaluating Web Sites

       Exercise 27: Evaluating Internet Sources

       Exercise 28: Choosing Internet Sources

       Exercise 29: Evaluating Sources

         *Walter Berns, from Making Patriots

         *Robert Goldstein, Burning the Flag: The Great 1989-1990 American Flag Desecration

         *Stephen Nathanson, from Patriotism, Morality, and Peace

         *Cecelia O'Leary, from To Die For: The Paradox of American Patriotism

         *Michael Welch, from Flag Burning: Moral Panic and the Criminalization of Protest

         *Wilbur Zelinsky, from Nation Into State: The Shifting Symbolic Foundations of American Nationalism

         *The Flag Protection Act of 1989 (Joint Resolution of Congress)

         *Celestine Bohlen, O Say Can You See What That Flag Means?

         *Norm R. Allen Jr., True Patriotism

         *Flag Burning and Other Acts Deemed Disrespectful of American Symbols (web site)

         *The Flag Burning Page (web site)

       Exercise 30: Comparing Sources

          300 Killed By Fire (The New York Times)

          Catastrophe: Boston's Worst (Time Magazine)

          Bernard Devoto, The Easy Chair


  9. Writing the Research Essay

    Saving Information

    Taking Notes

       Exercise 31: Taking Notes on Two Topics

       Exercise 32: Taking Notes on Three Topics

         *Stephanie Coontz, from The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap

    Developing a List of Topics

    Planning a Strategy

    Arranging the Order of Topics

    Completing Your Outline

       Exercise 33: Writing an Outline with Cross-Referencing

    Writing Integrated Paragraphs

    Accommodating Argument in Your Paragraphs

    Presenting Arguments Fairly

    Integrating Your Sources: An Example

    Writing an Introduction

    Using Visuals as Sources

       Assignment 11: Organizing and Writing the Research Essay


  10. Acknowledging Sources

    Documenting Information

    Documenting Ideas Found in Your Source

    Plagiarism: Stealing Ideas

    Plagiarism: Stealing Words

       Exercise 34: Understanding When to Document Information

       Exercise 35: Understanding Plagiarism

         *Comparing Notes (The New York Times)

       Exercise 36: Identifying Plagiarism

    Using Documentation

       Exercise 37: Acknowledging Sources

       Exercise 38: Documenting Sources Correctly

    Signaling the Transitions Between Sources

    Using Explanatory Notes

    Avoiding Excessive Documentation

    Using Umbrella Notes

    The Final Bibliography

    Preparing The Annotated Bibliography

       Exercise 39: Preparing the Bibliography

    Presenting Your Essay


  11. Some Basic Forms For Documentation: MLA, APA, and Endnotes

    MLA Style

    APA Style

    Numbered Bibliography

    Endnote/Footnote Documentation

    Notes Plus Page Numbers In The Text


  12. Three Research Essays

    Bethany Dettmore, Looking at Horror Films

    Lee Myers, Is Eating People Really Wrong?

    David Morgan, Explaining the Tunguskan Phenomenon


  *Appendix A: Writing Essay Examinations

    Reading the Question

    Planning and Developing the Essay

    Analyzing an Essay and an Essay Question

       Reading: George Stade, Football — The Game of Aggression

    Answering the Question

    Introducing Your Topic

    Presenting Your Essay to the Reader


  *Appendix B: Readings for a Research Essay


      *Essays from The Nation, 7/15/91

      *Debating How Best to Love Your Country (The New York Times, 7/1/00)

      *John Lukacs, When Democracy Goes Wrong (Harper's, 4/05)

    Academic Books

      *Alexis de Tocqueville, from Democracy in America

      *Leo Tolstoi, Patriotism, or Peace?

      *Michael Walzer, Civility and Civic Virtue in Contemporary America

      *Irving Kristol, Urban Civilization and Its Discontents

      *Sidney Axinn, Honor, Patriotism, and Ultimate Loyalty

      *Stephen Nathanson, Military Service and Unjust Wars

      *Maurizio Viroli, Patriotism and Nationalism

      *Scott McLean, The War on Terrorism and The New Patriotism



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Product Details

Spatt, Brenda
Bedford/St. Martin's
Composition & Creative Writing
English language
Report writing
Composition & Creative Writing - General
English language -- Rhetoric.
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Seventh Edition
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