A Reader's Guide to College Writing
First Edition   ©2014

A Reader's Guide to College Writing

John J. Ruszkiewicz (The University of Texas at Austin)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-4258-1; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-4258-6; Format: Paper Text, 260 pages

Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

PART ONE: You, the Reader

Chapter 1 Contexts

Get the Backstory: Who’s Assigning What?

Common Readings

Course Syllabi

Locate the Text: Canonical or Contemporary?

Scan the Text: Meet the Supporting Elements

Read Reviews — Intelligently

YOUR TURN 

Chapter 2 Authors and Publishers

Appreciate Scholars and Their Work

Recognize Popularizers, Experts, and Public Intellectuals

Understand Bloggers, Tweeters, and Citizen Reporters

Appraise Individual Authors

Know Publishers and Their Platforms

YOUR TURN 

Chapter 3 Audiences and Publics

Define the Audience: Who’s a Text For?

How Writers Appeal to Readers

Your Background as a Reader

Welcome to the Academic Community: A Fish Story

Accommodate Readers: Keep Them Interested

YOUR TURN 

Chapter 4 Genres

Read Narratives

Read Reports

Read Arguments

YOUR TURN

Chapter 5 Sources

How Academics Establish Credibility

Sources in STEM Fields

Sources in the Humanities

How Experts and Public Intellectuals Earn Authority

How the Other Guys Do It

YOUR TURN 

Chapter 6 Critical Reading

Leave Tracks on a Text

Read against the Grain: Logical Fallacies

Be Smart: Read beyond Your Range

YOUR TURN

 

PART TWO: You, the Respondent

Chapter 7 Claims and Contents

Look for a Thesis: Statement and Proof

Expect Variations: It Gets Complicated

How Writers Direct a Claim

How Writers Orchestrate a Claim

How Writers Lay Out Complex Ideas

YOUR TURN

Chapter 8 Explain and Imply

Examine Evidence: Support a Point

Find Meaning: Read between the Lines

YOUR TURN 

Chapter 9 Dispute, Concede, and Rebut

Dispute and Challenge: Build Interest

Concede and Correct: Build Trust

Rebut and Reply: Build Authority

YOUR TURN 

Chapter 10 Summarize, Annotate, and Paraphrase

Summarize a Reading

Annotate a Bibliography

Paraphrase a Selection

YOUR TURN 

Chapter 11 Discuss

Write a Response Paper in Your Head

Agree or Disagree

Identify Strengths and Weaknesses of a Text

See Similarities and Differences

Point Out Complications

Express Any Doubts

Get Involved

Learn the Right Moves

Effective Strategies in Discussions

What to Avoid in Discussions

YOUR TURN

 

PART THREE: You, the Writer

Chapter 12 Compose

    Manage Assignments

    Figure Out Audiences

    Overcome Writer’s Block

    YOUR TURN 

Chapter 13 Make a Point

    Find a Thesis

    YOUR TURN 

Chapter 14 Structure

    Organize a Paper

    Think in Paragraphs

    Use Transitions

    Make Introductions

    Draw Conclusions

    Choose Titles

    YOUR TURN 

Chapter 15 Evidence

    Find Sources

    Library Catalogs and Resources

    Information Databases and Indexes

    The Internet

    Seek Expert Advice

    YOUR TURN 

Chapter 16 Frame Ideas and Quotations

    Use Frames to Give Credit

    Use Frames to Connect Ideas

    Use Frames to Synthesize Ideas

    Use Frames to Join the Conversation

    Handle Quotations Correctly

    YOUR TURN 

Chapter 17 Style

    High, Middle, and Low Style

    High Style

    Middle Style

    Low Style

    Inclusive and Culturally Sensitive Style

    YOUR TURN 

Chapter 18 Clarity and Economy

    Thirteen Suggestions to Improve Your Writing

    YOUR TURN 

    Appendix A: Style Guides Used in Various Disciplines

      Appendix B: MLA and APA Basics

      MLA Documentation and Format

      MLA In-Text Citation

      Works Cited

      APA Documentation and Format

      APA In-Text Citation

      List of References

      Bibliography of Works Quoted or Discussed

      Index

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