The St. Martin's Handbook

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-01-16
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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PACKAGE THIS TITLE WITH OUR 2016 MLA SUPPLEMENT, Documenting Sources in MLA Style (package ISBN-13: 9781319087371). Get the most recent updates on MLA citation in a convenient, 40-page resource based on The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition, with plenty of models. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.

Andrea Lunsford’s comprehensive advice in The St. Martin’s Handbook, Eighth Edition, supports students as they move from informal, social writing to both effective academic writing and to writing that can change the world.

Based on Andrea’s groundbreaking research on the literacy revolution, this teachable handbook shows students how to reflect on the writing skills they already have and put them to use both in traditional academic work and in multimodal projects like blog posts, websites, and presentations. Integrated advice on U.S. academic genres and language follows best practices for helping students from both international and native-speaker backgrounds improve their understanding of academic English.

Throughout The St. Martin’s Handbook, Andrea Lunsford encourages all of today’s students to learn everything they need to communicate effectively with the diverse people sharing their classrooms, workspaces, and civic lives.

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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

PART ONE—The Art and Craft of Writing

1. Expectations for College Writing

2. Rhetorical Situations

3. Exploring, Planning, and Drafting

4. Reviewing, Revising, and Editing

5. Developing Paragraphs

6. Working with Others

PART TWO—Critical Thinking and Argument

7. Reading Critically

8. Analyzing Arguments

9. Constructing Arguments

PART THREE—Doing Research and Using Sources

10. Preparing for a Research Project

11. Conducting Research

12. Evaluating Sources and Taking Notes

13. Integrating Sources into Your Writing

14. Acknowledging Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

15. Writing a Research Project

PART FOUR—Designing and Performing Writing

16. Design for Writing

17. Oral and Multimedia Presentations

18. Communicating in Other Media


PART FIVE—Academic and Professional Writing

19. Academic Work in Any Discipline

21. Writing for the Social Sciences

22. Writing for the Natural and Applied Sciences

23. Writing for Business

24. Essay Examinations

25. Portfolios

26. Writing to Make Something Happen in the World


PART SIX—Effective Language

27. Writing to the World

28. Language That Builds Common Ground

29. Language Variety

30. Word Choice

31. Dictionaries, Vocabulary, and Spelling


PART SEVEN—Documenting Sources

32. MLA Style

33. APA Style

34. Chicago Style

35. CSE Style


PART EIGHT—Sentence Grammar

36. Grammatical Sentences

37. Clauses and Sentences

38. Nouns and Noun Phrases

39. Verbs

40. Verbs and Verb Phrases

41. Subject-Verb Agreement

42. Pronouns

43. Adjectives and Adverbs

44. Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases


PART NINE—Sentence Clarity

45. Confusing Shifts

46. Parallelism

47. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

48. Sentence Fragments

49. Modifier Placement

50. Consistent and Complete Structures


PART TEN—Sentence Style

51. Concise writing

52. Coordination and Subordination

53. Sentence Variety

54. Memorable Prose


PART ELEVEN—Punctuation

55. Commas

56. Semicolons

57. End Punctuation

58. Apostrophes

59. Quotation Marks

60. Other Punctuation Marks



61. Capital Letters

62. Abbreviations and Numbers

63. Italics

64. Hyphens

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