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Writing From Sources (8TH 11 Edition)

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Covering every step of research, writing, and documentation, Writing from Sources provides a complete guide to source-based writing. The book builds from fundamental skills — such as annotating a passage — to more demanding ones such as integrating sources smoothly into an original argument. Examples, exercises, and guidance throughout help students gain confidence with essential concepts, while numerous readings drawn from a variety of sources provide models and 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

Citations

 
PART I: MAKING SOURCES YOUR OWN
 
1. READING FOR UNDERSTANDING

UNDERLINING

ANNOTATING

     Reading: William Leach, from Land of Desire

     Exercise 1: Annotating a Passage

          *Katherine Ashenberg, from The Dirt on Clean

          *Steven Pinker, The Blank Slate

ASKING QUESTIONS

     Reading: Blanche Blank, A Question of Degree 

     Exercise 2: Understanding What You Read

          *Jill McCorkle, Cuss Time

QUESTIONING THE AUTHOR

     Reading: Rubén Martínez, The Kindness of Strangers

     Exercise 3: Examining Intention

          *Sally Satel, When Altruism Isn't Moral

 USING EVIDENCE AND REASONING

     Exercise 4: Citing Evidence

          *Dan Bilefsky, Children Left Behind Suffer the Strains of Migration

INTERPRETING EVIDENCE   

     Exercise 5: Drawing Inferences

          *Libby Sander, For College Athletes, Recruiting is a Fair (but Flawed) Game

USING LOGICAL REASONING

Exercise 6: Analyzing an Author's Logic

 *Michael Mandelbaum, from Democracy's Good Name

 *Diana West, from The Death of the Grown-Up

 
PART II: PRESENTING SOURCES TO OTHERS
 
2. SUMMARIZING SOURCES

SUMMARIZING A PARAGRAPH

     Exercise 7: Summarizing a Paragraph

          Margaret Mead, from Some Personal Views

          Michael Pollan, from An Animal's Place

          Steve Olsen, from Mapping Human History

          Sara Kershaw, Enough of the Hills and Woods, Can I Send Grandma an E-Card?

          Daniel Boorstin, from Americans: The National Experience

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

          *Lawrence Rosen, What We Got Wrong

SUMMARIZING AN ARTICLE

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

     Exercise 8: Summarizing an Article

          *Jonathan Malesic, How Dumb Do They Think We Are?

SUMMARIZING A COMPLEX ESSAY

     Reading: Bertrand Russell, The Social Responsibility of Scientists

     Assignment 1: Summarizing an Essay

          *Nicholas Carr, Is Google Making Us Stupid?

          *Roger Scruton, from A Carnivore's Credo

 
3. QUOTING SOURCES

REASONS FOR QUOTING

USING QUOTATIONS

     Exercise 9: Quoting Correctly

QUOTING ACCURATELY

TAILORING QUOTATIONS TO FIT YOUR WRITING

     Exercise 10: Using Ellipses and Brackets in Quotations

WRITING CITATIONS

DECIDING WHAT TO QUOTE 

     Reading: Lizabeth Cohen, from A Consumer's Republic

     Exercise 11: Why Quote?

          *John De Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas H. Naylor, from Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

     Exercise 12: What to Quote  

          *Tom Vanderbilt, Traffic

          *Thomas G. Mortenson, from Where the Boys Were

INTEGRATING QUOTATIONS INTO YOUR PARAGRAPHS

     Exercise 13: Integrating Quotations Into a Paragraph

AVOIDING PLAGIARISM

     Exercise 14: Identifying Plagiarism

 
4. PARAPHRASING SOURCES

USING PARAPHRASE IN YOUR ESSAYS

     Exercise 15: Identifying a Good Paraphrase

          Peter C. Whybrow, from Dangerously Addictive

     Exercise 16: Paraphrasing a Difficult Passage

USING PARAPHRASE WITH QUOTATION AND SUMMARY

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

     Exercise 17: Distinguishing Between Quotation, Paraphrase, Summary, and Commentary

          *David Leonhardt, Maybe Money Does Buy Happiness After All

WRITING A PARAGRAPH THAT INCORPORATES PARAPHRASE AND QUOTATION: “JARHEAD”

     Reading: Anthony Swofford, Jarhead

     Exercise 18: Paraphrasing Without Plagiarism

     Exercise 19: Writing a Paragraph that Incorporates Paraphrase and Quotation

          *Ursula K. Le Guin, from Staying Awake: Notes on the Alleged Decline of Reading

PRESENTING SOURCES: A SUMMARY OF PRELIMINARY WRITING SKILLS

 
PART III: WRITING FROM SOURCES
 
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

     Assignment 2: Writing an Argument Based on a Single Source

          Carl Singleton, What Our Education System Needs is More Fs

          *Steven M. Wise, Why Animals Deserve Legal Rights

          *Mirko Bagaric and Julie Clarke, from Torture: When the Unthinkable is Morally Permissible     

STRATEGY TWO: DEVELOPING AN ESSAY BASED ON A SOURCE

     Assignment 3: Writing an Essay Based on a Single Source

          *Jenni Russell, The Selfish Generation

          *Christopher Caldwell, What a College Education Buys

          *Bobby Allyn, Among Privileged Classmates, I'm an Outsider

 
6. THE MULTIPLE-SOURCE ESSAY

ANALYZING MULTIPLE SOURCES

     Exercise 20: Analyzing Shades of Meaning in Multiple Sources

     Assignment 4: Writing a Definition Essay from Multiple Sources

SYNTHESIZING MULTIPLE SOURCES: “LOTTERY”

     Exercise 21: Identifying Common Ideas

ORGANIZING MULTIPLE SOURCES: “STUDENT PROMOTION”

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

EVALUATING SOURCES

WRITING A SYNTHESIS ESSAY

     Exercise 22: Analyzing a Paragraph Based on a Synthesis of Sources

          Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: Till Circumstances Do Us Part

     Assignment 5: Writing an Essay Synthesizing Multiple Sources

          *Laurie Fendrich, The B-Minus Reigns Supreme

     Assignment 6: Writing an Argument from Multiple Sources

          *Jennifer Medina, Can Students Be Paid to Excel?

WHEN NOT TO SYNTHESIZE

SYNTHESIZING SOURCES IN ACADEMIC ESSAYS

     Reading: Jeffrey Rosen, from The Naked Crowd

     Exercise 23: Integrating Three Academic Sources

          *Andrew Keen, from The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing Our Culture

          *Lee Siegel, from Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob

          *William Deresiewicz, from The End of Solitude

     Assignment 7: Synthesizing Academic Sources

          *Steven Johnson, from Everything Bad is Good for You

          *Christine Rosen, from People of the Screen

 
PART IV: WRITING THE RESEARCH ESSAY
 
7. FINDING SOURCES

TOPIC NARROWING   

     Exercise 24: Narrowing a Topic

     Exercise 25: Proposing a Topic

LOCATING SOURCES

INTERVIEWING AND FIELD RESEARCH

     Assignment 8: Writing an Essay Based on Interviews or Field Research

SAVING AND RECORDING INFORMATION FOR YOUR BIBLIOGRAPHY

     Exercise 26: Compiling a Working Bibliography

     Exercise 27: Finding and Selecting Sources

     Assignment 9: Preparing a Topic Proposal for a Research Essay

 

8. EVALUATING SOURCES

EVALUATING PRINT SOURCES

EVALUATING WEB SOURCES

EVALUATING WEB SOURCES ABOUT ANIMAL RIGHTS

INTEGRATING SOURCES

     Exercise 28: Evaluating Internet Sources

     Exercise 29: Choosing Internet Sources

     Exercise 30: Evaluating Sources

          *Britannica Online, from Wikipedia

          *Andrew Lih, from The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia

          *Jonathan Zittrain, from The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It

          *Andrew Keen, from The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing Our Culture

          *Amit Ray and Erhardt Graeff, from Reviewing the Author-Function in the Age of Wikipedia

          *Darren Crovitz and W. Scott Smoot, from Wikipedia: Friend, Not Foe

          *Jakob Voss, from Measuring Wikipedia

          *Roy Rosenzweig, from Can History Be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past

          *Noam Cohen, from A History Department Bans Citing Wikipedia As a Research Source

          *Adam Tornes, from Wikipedia: Encyclopedia or Karma Sutra?

      Exercise 31: 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 32: Taking Notes on Two Topics

     Exercise 33: Taking Notes on Three Topics

          *Janet M. Davis, from The Circus

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312602901
Author:
Spatt, Brenda
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Reference-Writing Nonfiction
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Subject:
Reference-Words Phrases and Language
Edition Description:
Eighth Edition
Publication Date:
20101012
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9.13 x 7.50 in
Age Level:
Culture and Society Under the American Big Top&#16

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