Academic Writer's Handbook: Pearson New International Edition

Leonard J. Rosen  
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July 2013
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With its unique focus on source-based writing and writing across the curriculum, The Academic Writer’s Handbook contains all the features of a traditional handbook combined with the tools students need in order to read, write, and conduct research in the disciplines.


    • Coverage of source-based writing: Students get the foundational skills they need to read, respond to, and incorporate sources into their academic writing (Part 1).
    • Illustration of synthesis: No other handbook covers the process of synthesis, the skill students must master in order to write source-based papers in college.  The handbook begins with an assignment, shows excerpts of various sources gathered in response to the assignment, shows how one synthesizes by finding common topics, and presents a complete source-based research paper (on computers and the music industry) demonstrating the goal of synthesis (Chapters 2-12).
    • Library of Academic Writing (Part 4): These chapters introduce students to eight core types of assignments they will encounter as academic writers: summary, explanation, analysis, literary analysis, critique, argument, proposal, and essay exam.  Each chapter reviews essentials of the type, provides guidelines for writing, and offers 1-2 source-based papers. 
    • Multimedia Resources (Part 8):  These two chapters provide critical information on how to use images and new media (Web sites, blogs, wikis, slideshows, podcasts, and video) to present your work. 
    • Making Arguments in the Disciplines (Part 3): Four chapters on writing in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural and Applied Sciences, and Business introduce students to the unique focus and interests of these areas.  No other handbook offers such a complete introduction to the different types of thinking and modes of inquiry students will encounter as they move from discipline to discipline. 
  • · Contains over 12 complete and fully documented student papers, covering topics from robo-hockey to banning junk food commercials.

    · Offers 7 fully annotated student papers that highlight the moves student writers make to create strong, coherent essays. 

    · Covers the most updated documentation guidelines in the 4 major styles (MLA, APA, CMS, CSE), with QUICK REFERENCE INDEXES that identify the most common MLA and APA citations students will reference in their writing.

    · Provides full handbook coverage in a 4-color, open design that allows for ease of use.

New to this Edition

  • A reorganized Part 1 places an emphasis on the central role of sources in academic writing.   Students are given explicit guidance on how to read, respond to, and incorporate sources critically in all of their writing, regardless of the discipline. 
  • A new Part 8 on multimedia resources provides invaluable information on how students can use new media to present their work.
  • Two new chapters in Part 4, the Library of Academic Writing, provide guidance on composing common types of papers–literary analyses and proposals–complete with fully documented sample papers.
  • Four new sample papers–an explanation (Chapter 12), a critique (Chapter 21), an argument (Chapter 22), and a proposal (Chapter 23)–give students more models of how to craft different types of writing.
  • Updated, comprehensive coverage of MLA, APA, and CMS documentation styles in Parts 6 and 7 contain the latest information on citing sources.  In addition, new Quick Indexes at the beginning of the MLA and APA chapters highlight the sources students are most likely to cite in their writing.
  • Expanded treatment of revision in Part 1 (Chapters 11 and 12) provides full coverage of this very important phase of the writing process, ensuring that students compose a strong, coherent paper. 
  • A new topic interwoven throughout Part 1 (Chapters 2-12)illustrates the development of one student’s paper on computers and the music industry and follows each stage of that student’s writing process. 
  • Handwritten corrections in Parts 9-11 show students how to identify and correct all of their errors so that their writing is clear and direct.
  • The e-text version of this handbook contains 14 additional student papers.

Table of Contents



Part 1 Critical Thinking and Reading

2. Understanding Sources 

  a  Understanding print sources

  b  Understanding Web sites

  c  Understanding images

3. Critical Thinking and Reading to Evaluate

  a  Evaluating print sources

  b  Evaluating Web sites

  c  Evaluating images

4. Responding to Sources

  a   Setting goals for reading to respond

  b  Applying techniques for reading to respond

  c  Moving personal responses into your papers

5. Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting

  a  Summarizing and paraphrasing sources

  b  Quoting sources

  c  Altering quotations

6. 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 sentences

7. Synthesizing Sources

  a  Understanding your purpose for synthesizing sources

  b  Creating an index to your sources

Part 2 Critical Thinking and Writing

8. Understanding Your Assignment and Audience

  a  Understanding your assignment

  b  The audience for your assigned paper

  c  Generating ideas and information

9. Devising the Thesis

  a  Thesis definitions

  b  Focusing on the claim and your ambitions for the paper

10. 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 draft

11. Global Revision and Peer Review

  a  Bringing your main idea into focus

  b  Peer review

12. 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 humanities

b  Making arguments in the humanities

14. Writing Arguments in the Social Sciences

a  Overview of the social sciences

b  Making arguments in the social sciences

15. Writing in the Natural and Applied Sciences

a  Overview of the sciences

b  Making arguments in the sciences

c  Types of writing assignments in the sciences

16. Applying Principles of Academic Writing to Business Settings

a  Overview of business communication

b  Writing letters or e-mails of inquiry, complaint, and application

c  Writing résumés (print and Web-based

d  Making oral presentations

Part 4  Library of Academic Writing

17. Summary

a  Summary defined

b  Planning and writing the paper

Sample student paper in the Humanities (MLA)

18. Explanation

a  Explanation defined

b  Planning and writing the paper

Sample student paper in the Social Sciences (APA)

19. Analysis

a  Analysis defined

b  Planning and writing the paper

Sample student papers:

  in the Social Sciences (APA)

  in the Sciences (CSE)

20. Literary Analysis

a  Literary analysis defined

b  Planning and writing the paper

Sample student paper in the Humanities (MLA)

21. Critique

a  Critique defined

b  Planning and writing the paper

Sample student papers:

 in the Humanities (MLA)

in the Social Sciences (APA)

22. Argument

a  Argument defined

b  Making a claim

c  Ethos: Establishing yourself as trustworthy

d  Logos: Supporting your claim with logical reasons

e  Pathos: Supporting your claim with emotional reasons

f  Gathering evidence

g  Avoiding fallacies of evidence and logic

h  Responding to counterarguments

i  Writing your argument

Sample student paper in the Humanities (MLA)

23. Proposal

a  Proposal defined

b  Planning and writing the paper

Sample student paper in the Sciences (CSE)

24. Essay exams

a  Essay exam writing defined

b  Planning and writing the in-class essay

c  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 bibliography

26. 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 end

27. 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 plagiarism

Part 6  MLA Documentation

28. Using the MLA System of Documentation

Quick Index

a  In-text citations

b  Works Cited models


Part 7  APA, CMS, CSE Documentation

29. Using the APA System of Documentation

Quick Index

a  In-text citations

b  References

30. Using the CMS and CSE Systems of Documentation


a  First and subsequent references in CMS notes

b  CMS notes style


c  In-text citations in CSE format

d  Entries in the CSE References list

Part 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 Clarity

33. Correcting Sentence Fragments

   a  Dependent clauses

   b  Phrases

   c  Compound predicates

34. Correcting Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

   a  Identifying errors

   b  Correcting errors

35. Building Emphasis with Coordination and Subordination

   a  Coordination with and/but, consequently

   b  Subordination with while, when, because

   c  Mixing coordination and subordination

36. 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 comparisons

37. Being Clear, Concise, and Direct

   a  Wordiness

   b  Strong verbs

38. Precision: Choosing the Right Word

   a  Dictionary entries

   b  Vocabulary building

   c  The impact of words

   d  Tone

   e  Biased language

Part 10  Revising for Correctness

39. 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  Mood

40. Correcting Errors in Subject-Verb Agreement

   a  Subject number and verb agreement

   b  Indefinite (in number) and other subjects

41. Correcting Errors in Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement & Reference

   a  Pronoun-antecedent and number

   b  Clear pronoun reference

42. Correcting Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

   a  Positioning modifiers

   b  Limiting modifiers

   c  Squinting modifiers

   d  Disruptive modifiers

   e  Dangling modifiers

43. 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 comparisons

45. 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 elements

Part 11  Revising Punctuation, Mechanics, and Spelling

46. Using End Punctuation

   a  The period

   b  The question mark

   c  The exclamation point

47. 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,


   c  Linking independent clauses with a coordinating conjunction (and, but)

   d  Separating items in a series

   e  Quotation marks and semicolons

49. Using Apostrophes

   a  Possession with nouns and pronouns

   b  Contractions marking the omission of letters and numbers

   c  Plural forms of letters, numbers, and symbols

50. Using Quotations Marks

   a  Direct quotations

   b  Dialogue and other material

  c  Misuse or overuse of quotation marks

51. 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 slash

52. 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 nouns

53. 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 Internet

54. 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 abbreviations

55. Using Numbers in Writing

   a  Numbers that begin sentences and one-or two-word numbers

   b  Conventional use of numbers

56. Using Hyphens

   a  Compound words

   b  Word divisions at the end of a line

57. 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 plurals

Part 12  Multilingual Users’ Guide

58. The Fundamentals of Grammar

   a  Five patterns

   b  Sentence parts

   c  Phrases

   d  Clauses

   e  Sentence classification

59. Using English Nouns, Pronouns, and Articles

   a  English nouns 

   b  Articles with nouns

   c  Nouns with prepositions

60. 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 participles

61. 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