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Academic Writer's Handbook


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GlossaryPrefacePart 1 Critical Thinking and Reading 2. Understanding Sources a Understanding print sources b Understanding Web sites c Understanding images3. Critical Thinking and Reading to Evaluate a Evaluating print sources b Evaluating Web sites c Evaluating images4. Responding to Sources a Setting goals for reading to respond b Applying techniques for reading to respond c Moving personal responses into your papers5. Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting a Summarizing and paraphrasing sources b Quoting sources c Altering quotations6. Weaving Sources into Your Papers a Building evidence-based paragraphs b Making standard "moves" with sources c Weaving quotations into your sentences d Identifying authors in your sentences7. Synthesizing Sources a Understanding your purpose for synthesizing sources b Creating an index to your sourcesPart 2 Critical Thinking and Writing8. Understanding Your Assignment and Audience a Understanding your assignment b The audience for your assigned paper c Generating ideas and information9. Devising the Thesis a Thesis definitions b Focusing on the claim and your ambitions for the paper10. Planning the Paper and Building the Draft a Using the working thesis to identify parts of the paper b Preparing a formal outline c Writing a draft collaboratively d Sample student paper: First draft11. Global Revision and Peer Review a Bringing your main idea into focus b Peer review12. Section/Paragraph/Sentence Revision a Section-level revision: Developing your main idea b Paragraph-level revision c Sentence-level revision d Sample student paper: Final draft Part 3 Making Arguments in the Disciplines 13. Writing Arguments in the Humanities a Overview of the humanitiesb Making arguments in the humanities14. Writing Arguments in the Social Sciencesa Overview of the social sciencesb Making arguments in the social sciences 15. Writing in the Natural and Applied Sciencesa Overview of the sciencesb Making arguments in the sciencesc Types of writing assignments in the sciences 16. Applying Principles of Academic Writing to Business Settingsa Overview of business communicationb Writing letters or e-mails of inquiry, complaint, and applicationc Writing resumes (print and Web-basedd Making oral presentationsPart 4 Library of Academic Writing 17. Summarya Summary definedb Planning and writing the paperSample student paper in the Humanities (MLA)18. Explanationa Explanation definedb Planning and writing the paperSample student paper in the Social Sciences (APA) 19. Analysisa Analysis definedb Planning and writing the paper Sample student papers: in the Social Sciences (APA) in the Sciences (CSE)20. Literary Analysisa Literary analysis definedb Planning and writing the paperSample student paper in the Humanities (MLA)21. Critique a Critique definedb Planning and writing the paperSample student papers: in the Humanities (MLA)in the Social Sciences (APA)22. Argument a Argument definedb Making a claimc Ethos: Establishing yourself as trustworthyd Logos: Supporting your claim with logical reasonse Pathos: Supporting your claim with emotional reasonsf Gathering evidenceg Avoiding fallacies of evidence and logich Responding to counterargumentsi Writing your argumentSample student paper in the Humanities (MLA)23. Proposal a Proposal definedb Planning and writing the paperSample student paper in the Sciences (CSE)24. Essay examsa Essay exam writing definedb Planning and writing the in-class essayc A note on "Big Ideas"Sample student essay exam in the Sciences (CSE) Part 5 Research 25. The Research Process a Defining the task: Topic, purpose, and audience b Identifying your research question c Generating a plan for research d Devising a working thesis and writing a draft e Record-keeping: Creating a working bibliography26. Locating Electronic and Print Sources a Reviewing sources for preliminary research and reading b Focusing your research c Locating sources on the Web d Additional Web sites for researchers e Bringing your research to an end27. Avoiding Plagiarism a Citing sources b Causes of plagiarism c Three rules for avoiding plagiarism d Determining common knowledge e Plagiarism, the Internet, and "Fair Use" f Collaboration and plagiarismPart 6 MLA Documentation28. Using the MLA System of Documentation Quick Index a In-text citationsb Works Cited models Part 7 APA, CMS, CSE Documentation 29. Using the APA System of Documentation Quick Indexa In-text citationsb References30. Using the CMS and CSE Systems of Documentation CMSa First and subsequent references in CMS notesb CMS notes style CSE c In-text citations in CSE formatd Entries in the CSE References listPart 8 Multimedia Resources 31. Multimedia Presentations a Writing and multimedia: Similarities and differences b Composing Web sites c Composing blogs d Composing wikis e Composing slideshows f Composing audio podcasts g Composing digital video h Designing written documents 32. Digital Sources: Images, Audio, Video a Fair use/Transformative use b Public domain c Copyright friendly d Resources for finding digital media e A reminder Part 9 Revising for Sentence Structure and Clarity33. Correcting Sentence Fragments a Dependent clauses b Phrases c Compound predicates34. Correcting Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences a Identifying errors b Correcting errors35. Building Emphasis with Coordination and Subordination a Coordination with and/but, consequently b Subordination with while, when, because c Mixing coordination and subordination36. Correcting Errors in Consistency a Shifts in person and number b Shifts in tense, mood, and voice c Direct and indirect speech d Logic among sentence parts e Consistent relations f Constructions with missing words g Clear comparisons37. Being Clear, Concise, and Direct a Wordiness b Strong verbs38. Precision: Choosing the Right Word a Dictionary entries b Vocabulary building c The impact of words d Tone e Biased languagePart 10 Revising for Correctness39. Using Verbs a Principal parts b Irregular verbs c Auxiliary verbs d Transitive and intransitive verbs e Tense f Tense sequencing g Active and passive voices h Mood40. Correcting Errors in Subject-Verb Agreement a Subject number and verb agreement b Indefinite (in number) and other subjects41. Correcting Errors in Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement & Reference a Pronoun-antecedent and number b Clear pronoun reference42. Correcting Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers a Positioning modifiers b Limiting modifiers c Squinting modifiers d Disruptive modifiers e Dangling modifiers43. Using Adjectives and Adverbs a Adjectives and adverbs b Adjectives and linking verbs c Using comparatives and superlatives d Logic of comparatives and superlatives e Double comparisons, superlatives, and negatives f Past and present participles as adjectives 44. Using Nouns and Pronouns a Pronouns as subjects b Pronouns as objects c Nouns/pronouns to show possession d Pronouns in compound constructions e Pronouns paired with nouns f Choosing who/whom g Pronouns in comparisons45. Correcting Faulty Parallelism a Parallelism with and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet b Parallelism with either/or, neither/nor, both/and, not only/but also c Parallelism in sentences with compared and contrasted elementsPart 11 Revising Punctuation, Mechanics, and Spelling46. Using End Punctuation a The period b The question mark c The exclamation point47. Using Commas a Commas with introductory and concluding expressions b Commas before coordinating conjunctions c Commas between items in a series d Commas to set off nonessential elements e Conventions of quoting, naming, and various forms of separation f Misuse or overuse of commas 48. Using Semicolons a Linking independent clauses b Linking independent clauses with a conjunctive adverb (however, therefore) c Linking independent clauses with a coordinating conjunction (and, but) d Separating items in a series e Quotation marks and semicolons49. Using Apostrophes a Possession with nouns and pronouns b Contractions marking the omission of letters and numbers c Plural forms of letters, numbers, and symbols50. Using Quotations Marks a Direct quotations b Dialogue and other material c Misuse or overuse of quotation marks51. Using Other Marks a The colon b Dashes for emphasis c Parentheses to set off nonessential information d Brackets for editorial clarification e Ellipses to indicate a break in continuity f The slash52. Using Capitals a The first letter of the first word in every sentence b Words of significance in a title c The first word in every line of poetry, according to conventions d Proper nouns53. Using Italics a Words for specific emphasis b Words, letters, and numbers to be defined or identified c Titles of book-length works d The Internet54. Using Abbreviations a Titles of rank both before and after proper names b Specific dates and numbers c Acronyms, uppercase abbreviations, and corporate abbreviations d Latin expressions e Misuse of abbreviations55. Using Numbers in Writing a Numbers that begin sentences and one-or two-word numbers b Conventional use of numbers56. Using Hyphens a Compound words b Word divisions at the end of a line57. Making Spelling Decisions a Homonyms and commonly confused words b Basic rules for ie/ei c Rules for using prefixes d Rules for using suffixes e Rules for forming pluralsPart 12 Multilingual Users' Guide 58. The Fundamentals of Grammar a Five patterns b Sentence parts c Phrases d Clauses e Sentence classification59. Using English Nouns, Pronouns, and Articles a English nouns b Articles with nouns c Nouns with prepositions60. Using English Verbs a Different types of verbs b Verb forms c Word order d Helping verbs e Gerunds and infinitives f Two- and three-word verbs with participles61. Using Modifiers and Connectors in English Sentences a Single-word adjectives and nouns b Adjectival modifiers with linking verbs and prepositions c Adverbial modifiers d Phrases and clauses to modify nouns and pronouns e Clauses and phrases with connecting words f Cumulative modifiers

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