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Key Words for Academic Writers

ISBN-10: 0321094360

ISBN-13: 9780321094360

Edition: 2004

Authors: Rebecca Brittenham, Hildegard Hoeller

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This brief, flexible guide features dictionary-style entries on the key terms and concepts associated with academic and research-based writing, as well as offering a user's guide to academic culture. Offering enormous flexibility, the alphabetically-organized entries in this text can be introduced in any order to present discussions of writing papersfrom developing a thesis statement to citing sources. Each entry uses examples from scholarly writing to explain a particular aspect of the writing or research processAnalysis, Argument, Summary, Synthesisand provides concrete, manageable techniques and exercises to help students make their writing work. Entries from different disciplines show the development of specialized knowledge and specific rhetorical practices. A guide to academic culture as well as a writing guide, the text helps students develop skills such as how to interpret a syllabus or analyze an assignment. Individuals who want to develop their scholarly writing skills and enrich their understanding of academic culture.
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Book details

List price: $69.40
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/7/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594

Preface
Alternative Table of Contents
Introduction: Academic Thinking and the Loss of Common Sense
Analysis, or the Pleasure of Disruption
Argument: Aunt Anne's Predicatment and the Logic of Persuasion
Assignment: By Definition Not A Task
Assumptions, Or the World Before the Text
Audience, Or the Listener as the Essay's Other
Brainstorming, Or How the Other Half Thinks
Citation, Or the Rolodex of the Academic World
Claims: Territorial Defense or Promise of Exploration?
Conclusions: The Horror of Ending
Coordination-Subordination: The Rule of the Sentence
Counter-Argument, or the Necessary Risk of Academic Thinking
Dash-Disrupting Academic Prose
Disciplineand Its Discontents
Editing, or Who is Writing What?
Essay: The Etymology of the College Paper
Evaluation, or How Does One Handle a Rejection or Bad Grade?
Evidence: Discovery and Proof
Experimental Writing: Conformity and Rebellion
Footnotes, or the Autobiographies of Texts
Free-Writing, a Rather Forced Liberation
Grammar: The Magic of a Writer's Craft
Interpretation: When a Banana is Not Just a Banana
Introductions: The Risk of Beginning
Keyterms, The Main Characters of Essays
Metaphor: Its Wonders and Dangers
Paragraphs: the Unfolding Drama
Parallelism: Grammar and Equality
Plagiarism: The Politics of Common Good and Private Property
Pronoun: Of the Sacred and the Profane
Punctuation: An Art Within Reason
Question: Affectation or Inquiry?
Quotation: Show Me How You Quote, and I Tell You Who You Are
Reading and revelation
Research:Not On the Trail of the Assassins
Revision: A Writer's Survival Guide
Structure, or the Stories Essays Tell
Subject-Verb, or Sentence Squeeze-Play
Summary: Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli
Syllabus: Social Contract, Utopian Vision, or Draft for the Future?
Synthesis: The Alchemy of Interpretation
Thesis: Discover by Design
Titles, Why They Matter
Transitions: Miracle Workers or Enforcers
Voice: The Sight of Sound
Workshop: Collaboration and Production
Writer's Block: Lame Excuse or Real Condition?
Works Cited, or Why This Entry Gets the Last Word