Writing Matters - A Handbook for Writing and Research

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-04
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Writing Matters unites research, reasoning, documentation, grammar and style in a cohesive whole, helping students see the conventions of writing as a network of responsibilities writers have...

...to other writers. Writing Matters clarifies the responsibility writers have to one another--whether they are collaborating in an online peer review or drawing on digital and print sources in a research project--to treat information fairly and accurately and to craft writing that is fresh and original--their own!

...to the audience. Writing Matters stresses the importance of using conventions appropriate to the audience, to write clearly, and to provide readers with the information and interpretation they need to make sense of a topic.

...to the topic. Writing Matters emphasizes the writer's responsibility to explore a topic thoroughly and creatively, to assess sources carefully, and to provide reliable information at a depth that does the topic justice.

...to themselves. Writing Matters encourages writers to take their writing seriously and to approach writing tasks as an opportunity to learn about a topic and to expand their scope as writers. Students are more likely to learn about a topic and to expand their scope as writers. Students are more likely to write well when they think of themselves as writers rather than as error-makers. By explaining rules in the context of responsibility, Writing Matters addresses composition students respectfully as mature and capable fellow participants in the research and writing process.

Table of Contents

Writing Matters: Planning, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Designing
Writing Responsibly in the Information Age
Writing Today
The Writer’s Responsibilities
Writing Responsibly: Your College’s Plagiarism Policy
Writing Responsibly: Taking Yourself Seriously as a Writer
Planning Your Project
Analyzing Your Writing Situation
Writing Responsibly: Your Audience and You
Analyzing an Assignment
Generating Ideas
Writing Responsibly: Note Taking and Plagiarism
Writing Responsibly: Keep Track as You Browse
Narrowing or Broadening a Topic
Working with Others: Planning a Collaborative Project
Organizing and Drafting Your Project
Crafting an Effective Thesis
Organizing Your Ideas
Preparing to Draft
Drafting: Explaining and Supporting Your Ideas
Writing Responsibly: Made-up “evidence”
Student Project: First Draft
Writing with Others: Collaborative Projects
Crafting and Connecting Paragraphs
Writing Relevant Paragraphs
Writing Unified Paragraphs
Writing Coherent Paragraphs
Writing Responsibly: Guiding the Reader
Developing Paragraphs Using Patterns
Writing Introductory Paragraphs
Writing Concluding Paragraphs
Connecting Paragraphs
Drafting and Revising Visuals
Deciding Whether to Illustrate College Writing Projects
Using Visuals as Evidence
Writing Responsibly: Exploitative Images
Deciding Whether to Copy Visuals or to Create Them
Revising Visuals
Revising, Editing, Proofreading, and Formatting
Revising Globally: Learning To Re-See
Gaining Perspective
Rereading Your Draft
Writing Responsibly: The Big Picture
Reconsidering Your Title
Revising Locally: Editing Words and Sentences
Choosing Your Words with Care
Editing Your Sentences
Writing Responsibly: Making an Essay Long Enough without Wordiness
Revising With Others
Peer Revising
Working with a Tutor or Instructor
Proofreading and Formatting
Writing Responsibly: Beware the Spell Checker!
Formatting an Academic Text
Student Project: Final Draft
Creating and Submitting a Portfolio
Personal Statement
Reasoning Matters: Reading, Thinking, and Arguing
Thinking and Reading Critically
Reading Responsibly: Engaging with What You Read
Preparing to Write
Writing Responsibly: Drawing Inferences
Writing Responsibly: Understanding criticism
Student Project: Critique
Analyzing and Crafting Arguments
Persuading and Exploring
Writing Responsibly: The Well-Tempered Tone
Reasoning Logically
Writing Responsibly: Considering Counterevidence
Avoiding Logical Fallacies
Writing Responsibly: Visual Claims and Visual Fallacies
Making a Claim
Writing Responsibly: Choosing a Fresh Topic
Appealing to Readers: Intellect, Authority, and Emotions
Arguing Responsibly: Making Oral Arguments
Unearthing Assumptions
Considering Alternative Viewpoints
Organizing Arguments: Classical, Rogerian, and Toulmin models
Student Project: Exploratory Argument
Media Matters
Designing Printed and Electronic Documents
Understanding the Four Principles of Design
Planning Your Design Project
Applying the Principles of Design
Writing Responsibly: Selecting Fonts with Readers in Mind
Writing Responsibly: Designing for Those with Impaired Color Vision
Writing for Multiple Media
Writing and Answering Email
Writing Responsibly: Maintain Confidentiality in Email
Writing Responsibly: Email and Privacy
Creating a Website or Web Page
Writing in Interactive Media
Writing Responsibly: Flaming
Making a Multimedia Presentation
Identifying your Purpose, Audience, Context, and Genre
Devising a Topic and Thesis
Organizing the Presentation
Preparing and Rehearsing the Presentation
Delivering the Presentation
Speaking Responsibly
Listening Responsibly: Active Listening
Research Matters
Planning a Research Project
Analyzing the Assignment's Purpose, Audience, and Method of Development
Setting a Schedule
Choosing and Narrowing a Research Topic
Drafting Research Questions and Hypotheses
Writing Responsibly: Using Printed Sources
Choosing Research Sources Strategically
Establishing a Research Log
Writing Responsibly: Avoiding Plagiarism at the Start
Building a Working Bibliography
Finding Information
Finding Information on the Web
Finding Other Electronic Sources: Interactive Media
Finding Articles in Journals and Other Periodicals Using Databases and Indexes
Finding Reference Works
Writing Responsibly: Using Wikipedia
Finding Books Using Library Catalogs
Finding Government Publications
Finding Multimedia Sources
Conducting Field Research
Writing Responsibly: Conducting Interviews Fairly
Writing Responsibly: Avoiding Manipulation and Bias in Observations
Evaluating Information
Evaluating for Relevance and Reliability
Writing Responsibly: Keeping an Open Mind
Writing Responsibly: Online Plagiarism
Evaluating Online Texts: Websites, Blogs, Wikis and Online Discussion Forums
Evaluating visual sources
Using Information and Avoiding Plagiarism
Valuing Research
Using Information Ethically: What You Do and Do Not Have to Acknowledge
Writing Responsibly: Using Illustrations and Acoiding Plagiarism
Making Notes That Help You Avoid Plagiarizing
Making Research Notes That Help You Write
Writing Responsibly: Annotating versus Making Notes
Paraphrasing without Patchwriting
Writing Responsibly: Using Quotations Fairly
Using Analysis, Interpretation, Synthesis, and Critique in Your Notes
Writing the Research Project
Drafting a Thesis Statement
Organizing Your Ideas
Writing Responsibly: Acknowledging Counterevidence
Drafting Your Research Project
Revising, Proofreading, Formatting, and Publishing Your Project
Documentation Matters
Documenting Sources: MLA Style
Writing Responsibly: Citing and Documenting Sources
Creating MLA-Style In-Text Citations
Preparing an MLA-Style List of Works Cited
Books--Printed and Electronic
Periodicals--Printed and Electronic
Other Electornic Sources
Audio and Visual Sources
Miscellaneous Sources
Using MLA Style for Content and Bibliographic Notes
Formatting a Paper in MLA Style
Writing Responsibly: Of Deadlines and Paperclips
Student Research Project: Mla Style
Documenting Sources: APA Style
Writing Responsibly: Citing and Documenting Sources
Creating APA Style In-Text Citations
Preparing an APA-Style Reference List
Books--Printed and Electronic
Periodicals--Printed and Electronic
Other Electornic Sources
Audio and Visual Sources
Miscellaneous Sources
Formatting a Paper in APA Style
Writing Responsibly: Of Deadlines and Paperclips
Student Research Project: Apa Style
Documenting Sources: Chicago Style
Writing Responsibly: Citing and Documenting Sources
Creating Chicago-Style Notes and Bibliographic Entries
Books--Printed and Electronic
Periodicals--Printed and Electronic
Other Electornic Sources
Audio and Visual Sources
Miscellaneous Sources
Using Chicago Style for Tables and Figures
Using Chicago Style for Content Notes
Formatting a Chicago-Style Paper
Writing Responsibly: Of Deadlines and Paperclips
Student Research Project: Chicago Style
Documenting Sources: CSE Style
Writing Responsibly: Citing Sources
Creating CSE-Style In-Text Citations
Preparing a CSE-Style Reference List
Books--Printed and Electronic
Periodicals--Printed and Electronic
Other Electornic and Miscellaneous Sources
Formatting a CSE-Style Paper and Reference List
Writing Responsibly: Of Deadlines and Paperclips
Student Research Project: Cse Style
Genre Matters: Writing in and beyond College
Writing in Literature and the Other Humanities
Adopting the Approach of Literature and the Other Humanities
Writing Responsibly: Reading with Study Guides
Using the Resources of Literature and the Other Humanities
Citing and Documenting sources--MLA and Chicago Style
Using the Language of Literature and the Other Humanities
Understanding Writing Projects in Literature and the Other Humanities
Student Project: Writign About Fiction
Writing about Poetry
Student Project: Writing About Poetry
Writing about drama
Professional Project: Review of a Play
Writing in the Sciences and Social Sciences
Adopting the Approach of the Sciences and Social Sciences
Using the Research Methods of the Sciences and Social Sciences
Writing Responsibly: Presenting Data Accurately
Citing and Documenting Sources--APA and CSE Style
Using the Language of the Sciences and Social Sciences
Writing Assignments in the Sciences and Social Sciences
Student Project: Research Report
Preparing for and Taking an Essay Exam
Preparing for an Essay Exam
Previewing the Exam
Writing Responsibly: Using Your Computer during and Essay Exam
Writing an Effective Answer: Respond to the Question, Provide Support, and Organize Logically
Doing a Final Check
Two Sample Answers: Effective and Ineffective
Writing in Business and as a Citizen
Using Business Letter Formats
Writing Business Letters
Writing Responsibly: Letters to the Editor
Writing Business Memos
Writing Responsibly: Personal Emails and IM at Work
Writing Job Application Letters
Writing Résumés
Writing Reports and Proposals
Writing Press Releases
Style Matters
Writing Concisely
Writing Responsibly: "Concise" versus "Brief"
Eliminating Wordy Expressions
Eliminating Ineffective or Unnecessary Repetition
Avoiding Roundabout Constructions
Consolidating Phrases, Clauses, and Sentences
Using Coordination and Subordination
Coordinating Terms, Phrases, and Clauses
Coordinating Effectively
Distinguishing Primary from Secondary Information with Subordination
Using Coordination and Subordination Together
Using Parallelism
Using Parallelism for Paired Items and Items in a Series
Maintaining Parallelism in Comparisons
Including Function Words to Maintain Parallelism
Maintaining Parallelism for Items in Lists and Outlines
Using Parallelism to Create Emphasis
Engaging Readers with Variety and Emphasis
Varying Sentence Length and Structure
Organizing Sentences for Variety and Emphasis
Creating Emphasis with Punctuation
Using Questions, Commands, and Exclamations
Using Strategic Repetition
Creating Emphasis with Emphatic Verbs
Choosing the Active or Passive Voice
Writing Responsibly: Voice and Responsibility
Choosing Appropriate Language
Using Language in Context
Writing Responsibly: Online Shortcuts
Writing Responsibly: Euphemisms and Doublespeak
Avoiding Biased or Hurtful Language
Choosing Effective Words
Diction: Finding the Right Word
Writing Responsibly: Word Choice and Credibility
Choosing Compelling Words and Figures
Mastering Idioms
Avoiding Clichés
Using the Dictionary and Spelling Correctly
Choosing a Dictionary
Writing Responsibly: Accurate Synonyms
Using a Dictionary
Avoiding Common Spelling Problems
Remembering Spelling Rules
Writing Responsibly: Spelling Errors
Forming Plurals
Improving Your Day-to-Day Spelling
Grammar Matters
Understanding Grammar
Writing Responsibly: Why Grammar Matters
The Parts of Speech
Sentence Structure
Verb Types and Sentence Patterns
Independent and Subordinate Clauses
Sentence Types
Avoiding Sentence Fragments
Recognizing Fragments
Writing Responsibly: Sentence Fragments and Context
Correcting Fragments
Using Intentional Fragments Effectively and Judiciously
Avoiding Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
Correctly Joining Independent Clauses
Identifying Incorrectly Joined Independent Clauses: Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
Writing Responsibly: Clarifying Boundaries
Recognizing When Comma Splices and Fused Sentences Tend to Occur
Correcting Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
Maintaining Agreement
Subject-Verb Agreement
Understanding How Subjects and Verbs Agree
Writing Responsibly: Dialect Variation in Subject-Verb Agreement
Ignoring Words That Intervene between the Subject and the Verb
Distinguishing Plural from Singular Compound Subjects
Distinguishing Singular and Plural Indefinite Pronouns
Understanding Collective Noun Subjects
Finding Agreement When the Subject Is a Measurement, a Number, or the Word Number
Recognizing Nouns like Measles and Economics That Are Singular Even Though They End in -s
Treating Titles, Words as Words, and Gerund Phrases as Singular
Matching a Relative Pronoun (Who, Which, or That) to Its Antecedent When the Pronoun Is the Subject of a Subordinate Clause
Finding Agreement When the Subject Follows the Verb
Matching a Linking Verb with Its Subject, not Its Subject Complement
Pronoun Antecedent Agreement
Matching Pronouns with Indefinite Pronoun and Generic Noun Antecedents
Matching Pronouns with Collective Noun Antecedents
Matching Pronouns with Compound Antecedents
Using Verbs
Verb Forms
Understanding the Basic Forms of Verbs
Using Regular and Irregular Verb Forms Correctly
Combining Main Verbs with Helping Verbs to Form Complete Verbs
Including -s or -es, -d or -ed Endings When Required
Distinguishing Rise from Raise, Sit from Set, Lie from Lay
Understanding Which Verb Tense to Use
Following Conventions for the Use of the Present Tense
Using Tense Sequence to Clarify Time Relationships
Understanding Verb Mood
j.Using the Subjunctive Mood Correctly
Understanding Voice
Choosing between the Active and Passive Voice
Understanding Pronoun Case and Reference
Pronoun Case
Using the Subjective Case for Subject Complements
She and I or Her and Me? Keeping Track of Case in Compounds
Keeping Track of Pronoun Case in Appositives
Deciding between We and Us before Nouns
Using the Objective Case Both before and after an Infinitive
Deciding on Pronoun Case with the -ing Form of a Verb
Clarifying Pronoun Case in Comparisons with Than or As
Distinguishing Who, Whom, Whoever, and Whomever
Writing Responsibly: Case and Tone
Clear Pronoun Reference
Avoiding Ambiguous Reference
Avoiding Confusingly Broad Reference with It, This, That, and Which
Avoiding Implied Reference
Reserving You for Directly Addressing the Reader
Avoiding the Indefinite Use of They and It
Designating People with Who, Whom, and Whose, not That and Which
Using Adjectives and Adverbs
Differentiating Adjectives and Adverbs
Using Adjectives, Not Adverbs, as Subject Complements after Linking Verbs
Choosing Bad or Badly, Good or Well
Using Negatives Correctly
Avoiding Long Strings of Nouns Used as Adjectives
Using Comparative and Superlative Adjectives and Adverbs
Avoiding Confusing Shifts
Avoiding Awkward Shifts in Tense
Avoiding Awkward Shifts in Mood and Voice
Avoiding Shifts in Person and Number
Avoiding Awkward Shifts in Direct and Indirect Quotations and Questions
Avoiding Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Misplaced Modifiers
Avoiding Confusing or Ambiguous Placement
Avoiding Disruptive Placement
Writing Responsibly: Misplaced Modifiers in the Real World
Dangling Modifiers
Identifying Dangling Modifiers
Correcting Dangling Modifiers
Avoiding Mixed and Incomplete Constructions
Mixed Constructions
Recognizing and Correcting Grammatically Mixed Constructions
Recognizing and Correcting Mismatched Subjects and Predicates
Incomplete Constructions
Adding Essential Words to Compound and Other Constructions
Avoiding Incomplete or Ambiguous Comparisons
ESL Matters (by Ted E. Johnston and M. E. Sokolik)
Understanding English Word Order and Sentence Structure
Observing Normal Word Order
Including a Stated Subject
Managing There and It Constructions
Eliminating Redundant Subject and Object Pronouns
Sentence Structure with Direct Objects, Indirect Objects, and Object Complements
Observing Word Order Patterns in Questions
Observing Inverted Word Order When Certain Conjunctions or Adverbs Begin a Clause
Using Nouns and Noun Determiners
Understanding Different Types of Noun
Using Nouns with Articles (a, an, the) and Other Determiners
Managing English Verbs
Using Phrasal Verbs
Using Gerunds and Infinitives after Verbs and Prepositions
Using Participles as Adjectives
Using Helping Verbs for Verb Formation
Managing Adjectives and Adverbs
Placing Adjectives in the Proper Order
Choosing the Correct Prepositions with Adjectives
Placing Adverbs Correctly
Dealing with Confusing Adverbs
Using Prepositions
Recognizing Prepositions
The Functions of Prepositions
Using Prepositions Correctly
Necessary and Unnecessary Prepositions
Detail Matters: Punctuation and Mechanics
Using Commas
Writing Responsibly: Commas and Clarity
Using Commas in Compound Sentences
Using a Comma after Introductory Elements
Using Commas to Set Off Conjunctive Adverbs and Transitional Phrases
Inserting Commas to Set Off Interjections, Contrasting Information, Expressions of Direct Address, Parenthetical and Conversational Expressions, and Tag Sentences
Using Commas to Separate Items in a Series
Using Commas to Separate Coordinate, Not Cumulative, Adjectives
Using Commas to Set Off Nonessential Appositives, Phrases, and Clauses
Using Commas with Quotations
Using Commas with Numbers, Titles, Place Names and Addresses, and Dates
Using Commas to Avoid Ambiguity
Avoiding Commas between Subjects and Verbs, Verbs and Objects
Using Semicolons
Writing Responsibly: Sending a Signal with Semicolons
Using a Semicolon to Link Independent Clauses
Using a Semicolon before a Conjunctive Adverb or Transitional Phrase Linking Two Independent Clauses
Using a Semicolon to Mark a Series with Internal Commas
Repairing a Comma Splice
Avoiding Overuse
Using Apostrophes
Writing Responsibly: Contractions in Formal Writing
Using the Apostrophe to Indicate Possession
Using Apostrophes in Contractions and Abbreviated Years
Moving Away from Using Apostrophes to Form Plurals of Abbreviations, Dates, and Words or Letters Used as Words
Using Quotation Marks
Setting Off Direct Quotations
Writing Responsibly: Using Quotations Fairly
Indicating Titles of Short Works
Indicating Words Used in a Special Sense
Misusing Quotation Marks
Punctuating Quotations
Altering Quotations with Ellipses and Square Brackets
Introducing and Identifying Quotations
Using End Punctuation: Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points
Using Periods to End Statements and Mild Commands
Using Question Marks to End Direct (Not Indirect) Questions
Writing Responsibly: Question Marks and Exclamation Points
Using Exclamation Points with Strong Commands or to Express Excitement or Surprise
Using Other Punctuation Marks: Dashes, Parentheses, Brackets, Colons, Ellipses, and Slashes
Using Dashes
Using Parentheses
Using Brackets
Writing Responsibly: Using [sic]
Using Colons
Using Ellipses
Writing Responsibly: Altering Quotations
Using Slashes
Capitalizing the First Word of Sentence
Capitalizing Proper Nouns and Proper Adjectives
Capitalizing Titles and Subtitles
Capitalizing the First-Person Pronoun I and the Interjection O
Writing Responsibly: Capitalizing in Email and IM
Capitalizing Abbreviations and Acronyms
Italics and Underlining
Italicizing Titles of Longer Works
Italicizing for Emphasis
Writing Responsibly: Using Italics for Emphasis
Italicizing Names of Vehicles
Italicizing Words, Letters, or Numbers Used as Words
Italicizing Unfamiliar Non-English Words and Latin Genus and Species
Underlining Hyperlinks
Using Abbreviations
Abbreviating Titles before and after Names
Using Familiar Abbreviations: Acronyms and Initialisms
Writing Responsibly: Using Online Abbreviations Appropriately
Using Abbreviations with Specific Years (BC, BCE, AD, CE), Hours (a.m., p.m.), Numbers (no.), Dollars ($)
Avoiding Abbreviations of Names, Words, Courses, Parts of Books, States and Countries, Days and Months, Holidays and Units of Measurement in Prose
Replacing Latin Abbreviations with English Equivalents in Formal Prose
Using Numbers
Writing Responsibly: Ethos and Convention
Spelling Out Numbers When They Can Be Expressed in One or Two words
Following Conventions for Dates, Times, Addresses, Specific Amounts of Money and Other Quantitative Information, and Divisions of Literary Works
Using Hyphens
Using Hyphens to Form Compounds
Writing Responsibly: Hyphenating with Readers in Mind
Using Hyphens to Break Words at Ends of Lines
Glossary of Key Terms
Glossary of Usage
ESL Index
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Awesome textbook August 3, 2011
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