Writers FAQs (6e) : 9780134678849

Writers FAQs (6e)

Harris & Kunka
 
Edition
 
6
ISBN
 
9780134678849
ISBN 10
 
0134678842
Published
 
30/01/2017
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
Format
 
Out of stock
 
Title type
Book
$62.99
 
 
 
Description
For courses in First-Year Composition.
This version of The Writer's FAQs: A Pocket Handbook has been updated to reflect the 8th Edition of the MLA Handbook (April 2016)*

 

Writing techniques, organized by student questions

This pocket-sized handbook is an easy-to-use, go-to guide that answers questions students have about grammar, punctuation, and research. Clear explanations are supplemented with engaging visual aids. Its lucid instruction, visual design, and authentic examples make The Writer's FAQs a favorite among those instructors who want their students to have a useful handbook that fits (in) their pocket. The Sixth Edition engages students with new illustrations, explanations, and research aids that strengthen practical writing skills useful in any future career.


* The 8th Edition introduces sweeping changes to the philosophy and details of MLA works cited entries. Responding to the “increasing mobility of texts,” MLA now encourages writers to focus on the process of crafting the citation, beginning with the same questions for any source. These changes, then, align with current best practices in the teaching of writing which privilege inquiry and critical thinking over rote recall and rule-following.

Table of contents

Part 1: Composing, Conversing, Collaborating

1. Writing Processes and Strategies

2. Arguments

3. Writing about Literature

4. Document Designs

5. Multimedia Projects

 

Part 2: Sentence Choices with Style

6. Clarity

7. Variety

8. Conciseness

9. Active/Passive Verbs

10. Voice, Formality, and Word Choice

11. General and Specific Language

12. Inclusive Language

13. Transitions

 

Part 3: Sentence Grammar

14. Fragments

15. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

16. Subjects and Verbs

17. Pronouns

18. Adjectives and Adverbs

19. Modifiers

20. Shifts    

21. Parallelism

                                                                        

Part 4: Punctuation

22. Sentence Punctuation Patterns (for Commas and Semicolons)

23. Commas

24. Apostrophes

25. Semicolons

26. Quotation Marks

27. Other Punctuation

New to this edition
  • Graphics illustrate essential writing processes, such as how to narrow a research topic, focus a thesis, build transitions between paragraphs, read a visual argument, insert an image into paper, use search engines, and more. 
  • Easy-to-read tables demonstrate how to create in-text citations for a variety of sources in MLA and APA format. 
  • Visual aids guide students on citing sources, including updated Quick Guides for bibliography entries in CMOS and CME styles, sample pages of an MLA-style paper, and color-coded graphics that indicate how to cite print and electronic sources.  
  • An easy-to-read two-page checklist for evaluating authorship, content, and credibility of sources makes it much more fluid for students to understand this topic. 
  • Citation examples are provided for print, digital, and multimedia sources, including coverage of the recently published APA Style Guide to Electronic References, 6th Edition, and Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 8th Edition. 
  • Examples of quoting and paraphrasing teach students how to do so by integrating source material smoothly into a paragraph, without plagiarizing.
  • Coverage of how to use research quotations and develop thesis statements is expanded.
  • A comprehensive chapter on writing processes and strategies includes material on purpose, audience, thesis development, organizing, revising, and editing. 
Features & benefits
  • Updated design makes the content more appealing and easier to grasp while retaining features students love.
    • FAQ Boxes answer students’ frequently asked questions about writing.
    • NEW! Graphics illustrate essential writing processes, such as how to narrow a research topic, focus a thesis, build transitions between paragraphs, read a visual argument, insert an image into paper, use search engines, and more. 
    • Color-coded sections offer easy navigation.
    • Try This boxes offer suggestions for planning, researching, revising, and editing.
    • Correction symbols appear on every corresponding page throughout the book. Source maps show how to find information for citations at-a-glance.
    • NEW! Easy-to-read tables demonstrate how to create in-text citations for a variety of sources in MLA and APA format. 
    • NEW! Visual aids guide students on citing sources, including updated Quick Guides for bibliography entries in CMOS and CME styles, sample pages of an MLA-style paper, and color-coded graphics that indicate how to cite print and electronic sources.  
    • NEW! An easy-to-read two-page checklist for evaluating authorship, content, and credibility of sources makes it much more fluid for students to understand this topic.
  • Research methods include new examples and more coverage.
    • UPDATED! Citation examples are provided for print, digital, and multimedia sources, including coverage of the recently published APA Style Guide to Electronic References, 6th Edition, and Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 8th Edition.
    • NEW! Examples of quoting and paraphrasing teach students how to do so by integrating source material smoothly into a paragraph, without plagiarizing.
    • UPDATED! Coverage of how to use research quotations and develop thesis statements is expanded.
  • NEW! Comprehensive chapter on writing processes and strategies includes material on purpose, audience, thesis development, organizing, revising, and editing.
  • Student Paper Excerpts show real student examples of writing. 
Author biography

Muriel Harris, Emerita Professor of English, Purdue University, started the Purdue University Writing Lab in 1975, with the help of several graduate students. Later, with graduate student assistance, she developed the extensive OWL website of instructional pages on writing skills and grammar. Drawing on this experience, she authored The Prentice Hall Reference Guide and The Writer’s FAQs, both later co-authored with Jennifer Kunka. These books originated after explaining to a Prentice Hall editor that composition handbooks are unhelpful because too many students found them difficult to use. When the editor challenged her to write textbooks that would be student friendly and easy to use, these reference handbooks were her answer and have since gone through multiple editions. Harris also initiated and continues to edit the Writing Lab Newsletter, now renamed as WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. She continually champions writing center collaboration as a highly effective instructional context for working with writers. Because of her fervent interest in helping writers develop into effective communicators, she is firmly committed to one-to-one collaboration between tutors and writers as a particularly successful partnership with classroom teachers of writing. Her CV list of books, book chapters, articles, and conference presentations, all of which focus on the theory, pedagogy, and administrative work of writing center professionals, is available on the Purdue University Department of English’s website section for retired faculty.  She is most proud–and awed by–her husband, their children, children’s spouses, and grandchildren.


Jennifer Liethen Kunka is an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center at Francis Marion University. She earned her Ph.D. in English from Purdue University, along with a secondary specialization in feminist theory and women's studies. She teaches Business Writing and British Literature. Her research involves writing center theory and practice, tech-enhanced writing, and research writing. She also is a specialist in 19th and 20th-century British literature, focusing on issues of gender and class in the novel.  Dr. Kunka served on the original Gender Studies Steering Committee, and on the Gender Studies Advisory Committee.