The Everyday Writer with 2016 MLA Update

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 7/12/2016
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.

Contexts for writing keep changing, and Andrea Lunsford knows that every writer needs to engage with audiences and communicate ideas every day. The Everyday Writer shows novice writers how to navigate rhetorical situations and make effective choices everywhere they write. The illustrations, by Eisner Award nominee GB Tran, offer a high-interest approach to writing processes and encourage students to open and use their handbook. And Andrea’s friendly voice is always front and center, ready to answer any question. With new and expanded coverage of presentations and multimodal projects, integrated advice for writers from all language and educational backgrounds, and help learning the moves that make expert writers credible, The Everyday Writer is the encouraging guide students need to take their writing to the next level.

Author Biography

Andrea Lunsford, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English emerita and former Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University, joined the Stanford faculty in 2000. Prior to this appointment, Lunsford was Distinguished Professor of English at The Ohio State University (1986-2000). She has also been Associate Professor and Director of Writing at the University of British Columbia (1977-86). Currently a member of the faculty of the Bread Loaf School of English, Professor Lunsford earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Florida and completed her Ph.D. in English at The Ohio State University (1977).

Professor Lunsford's scholarly interests include contemporary rhetorical theory, women and the history of rhetoric, collaboration and collaborative writing, current cultures of writing, intellectual property and composing, style, and technologies of writing. She has written or coauthored many books, including Essays on Classical Rhetoric and Modern Discourse; Singular Texts/Plural Authors: Perspectives on Collaborative Writing; and Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women in the History of Rhetoric, as well as numerous chapters and articles. For Bedford/St. Martin’s, she is the author of The St. Martin's Handbook, The Everyday Writer, EasyWriter, and Writing in Action; the co-author (with John Ruszkiewicz) of Everything’s an Argument and (with John Ruszkiewicz and Keith Walters) of Everything’s an Argument with Readings; and the co-author (with Lisa Ede) of Writing Together: Collaboration in Theory and Practice.

Professor Lunsford has conducted workshops on writing and program reviews at dozens of North American universities, served as Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, as Chair of the Modern Language Association Division on Writing, and as a member of the MLA Executive Council.

Table of Contents

Writing Processes

1. The Top Twenty: A Quick Guide to Troubleshooting Your Writing
2. Expectations for College Writing
3. Writing Situations
4. Exploring Ideas
5. Planning and Drafting
6. Developing Paragraphs
7. Reviewing, Revising, and Editing
8. Reflecting

Critical Thinking and Argument

9. Critical Reading
10. Analyzing Arguments
11. Constructing Arguments


12. Preparing for a Research Project
13. Doing Research
14. Evaluating Sources and Taking Notes
15. Integrating Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
16. Writing a Research Project

Academic, Professional, and Public Writing

17. Academic Work in Any Discipline
18. Writing for the Humanities
19. Writing for the Social Sciences
20. Writing for the Natural and Applied Sciences
21. Writing for Business
22. Making Design Decisions
23. Creating Presentations
24. Communicating in Other Media
25. Writing to Make Something Happen in the World


26. Writing to the World
27. Language That Builds Common Ground
28. Language Variety
29. Word Choice and Spelling


30. Coordination, Subordination, and Emphasis
31. Consistency and Completeness
32. Parallelism
33. Shifts
34. Conciseness
35. Sentence Variety

Sentence Grammar

36. Parts of Speech
37. Parts of Sentences
38. Verbs and Verb Phrases
39. Nouns and Noun Phrases
40. Subject-Verb Agreement
41. Pronouns
42. Adjectives and Adverbs
43. Modifier Placement
44. Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases
45. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
46. Sentence Fragments

Punctuation and Mechanics

47. Commas
48. Semicolons
49. End Punctuation
50. Apostrophes
51. Quotation Marks
52. Other Punctuation Marks
53. Capital Letters
54. Abbreviations and Numbers
55. Italics
56. Hyphens

MLA Documentation

57. The basics of MLA style
58. MLA Style for In-Text Citations
59. MLA Style for a List of Works Cited
60. A Student Research Essay, MLA style

APA Documentation

61. The basics of APA Style
62. APA style for in-text citations
63. APA style for a list of references
64. A student research essay, APA style

Chicago Documentation

65. The basics of Chicago style
66. Chicago style for notes and bibliographic entries
67. A student research essay, Chicago style

Glossaries and Index

Glossary of usage
Index with glossary of terms

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