Academic Writing Now: A Brief Guide for Busy Students – Second Edition
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781554815098 / 1554815096
  • 275 pages; 6" x 9"

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Academic Writing Now: A Brief Guide for Busy Students – Second Edition

  • Publication Date: November 30, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781554815098 / 1554815096
  • 275 pages; 6" x 9"

Academic Writing Now: A Brief Guide for Busy Students is a rhetoric designed to cover the basics of a college writing course in a concise, student-friendly format. Anything inessential to the business of college writing has been excluded. Each chapter concentrates on a crucial element of composing an academic essay and is capable of being read in a single sitting. The book is loaded with “timesaver tips,” ideas for making the most of the student’s time, along with occasional warnings to avoid common errors made by student writers. Each short chapter concludes with questions and suggestions designed to trigger class discussion.

The second edition has been updated throughout, with special attention to making the book even better suited to accelerated and co-requisite composition courses.

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Praise for the First Edition

“David Starkey delivers clear, ordered advice in a voice so familiar and colloquial that anyone’s anxiety about this often rigid, academic subject will start to calm. He moves seamlessly between examples ranging from everyday experience to the highest levels of great writing, and what I like best is that underneath it all he encourages students to keep creativity and poetic insight alive even as they tackle the challenge of writing rigorous, scholarly papers.”—Richard Guzman, North Central College

Preface for Instructors: Busy, Busy, Busy
Introduction for Students: Strategies for Succeeding as a College Writer

Part One: Ready, Set …

  • Chapter 1: Academic Writing: An Overview
    • Why Write?
    • Writing as Inquiry and Process
    • High-School vs. University English
    • What Do Professors Really Want?
      • Working Alone
      • Working with Others
  • Chapter 2: Academic Reading
    • Effective Reading Habits
    • Annotation
    • Double-Entry Journal
    • Analysis
    • Summary
    • Reverse Outline
    • Paraphrase
    • Quotations
      • Working Alone
      • Working with Others
  • Chapter 3: Ideas into Text
    • Getting Started
    • Lightning Research
    • Invention
    • The Three Appeals
    • Discussion
    • Sooner Rather than Later
      • Working Alone
      • Working with Others
  • Chapter 4: Arguments and Organization
    • Thesis Statements
    • Outlines
    • Considering Other Perspectives
    • Topic Sentences
      • Working Alone
      • Working with Others
  • Chapter 5: Researching Your Topic
    • The CARS Checklist
    • Library Databases
    • Books
    • Internet Sources
      • Working Alone
      • Working with Others

Part Two: Go

  • Chapter 6: Introduction: Hooking Your Reader
    • Opening Sentences
    • Topic Overview
    • Ending with Your Thesis
      • Working Alone
      • Working with Others
  • Chapter 7: Body Paragraphs: And I Ought to Keep Reading Because?
    • Paragraph Structure
    • Transitions
    • Expert Opinions and Concrete Evidence
    • Quotations
    • Interviews and Surveys
    • Narrative and Description
    • Multimodal Moves
      • Working Alone
      • Working with Others
  • Chapter 8: Conclusion: Wait … Don’t Stop
    • Conclusion Dos and Don’ts
      • Working Alone
      • Working with Others

Part Three: Go Again

  • Chapter 9: Taking Another Look
    • Revision
    • Editing
      • Working Alone
      • Working with Others
  • Chapter 10: Handing It Over
    • Design and Presentation
    • Proofreading
    • Titles
    • Damian’s Revision
    • Knowing When to Stop
      • Working Alone
      • Working with Others

Appendix I: Genres of Academic Writing

  • Analyzing a Text
  • Arguing a Position
  • Proposing a Solution
  • Making an Evaluation

Appendix II: A Brief Guide to Documentation

  • MLA 9: Citing Your Sources
  • MLA 9: Sample Citations
  • APA 7: Citing Your Sources
  • APA 7: Sample Citations

Permissions Acknowledgments
Index

David Starkey is Director of Composition at Santa Barbara City College. He is the author of Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008) and Poetry Writing: Theme and Variations (McGraw-Hill, 1999), as well as a number of books of poetry.

  • • MLA documentation has been updated for 2021, and current APA citation has been added to the citation appendix
  • • Chapter exercises are now clearly divided into assignments students can carry out on their own and those that require collaboration. Instructors should find the “Working with Others” prompts especially suitable for corequisite sections of accelerated composition
  • • Chapter 2, “Academic Reading,” features a new, much more current article, “Should Two- and Four-Year Degrees Be Free?,” which serves as the basis for learning about textual analysis
  • • In Part Three, a new student essay, on reducing recidivism, is the focus of Chapter 9, “Taking Another Look,” and Chapter 10, “Handing It Over”
  • • Appendix I, “Genres of Academic Writing,” contains a new student essay as a model for arguing a position