Academic Writing Now: A Brief Guide for Busy Students—with MLA 2016 Update
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  • Publication Date: May 15, 2017
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Academic Writing Now: A Brief Guide for Busy Students—with MLA 2016 Update

  • Publication Date: May 15, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781554813803 / 1554813808
  • 256 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.

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“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

“David Starkey’s Academic Writing Now: A Brief Guide for Busy Students is a great resource for first-year writing students and faculty who want to move swiftly through essential concepts in order to get down to the brass tacks of the academic essay. Starkey not only invites student readers through conversation, efficiency, and practical wisdom, but also targets key areas that writing instructors repeatedly discuss in hopes that students will internalize writing as a process and begin to reflect upon their writing in a metacognitive way.”—Calley Hornbuckle, Columbia 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?
    • Questions and Suggestions FOR You
      Questions and Suggestions FROM You

CHAPTER 2. Academic Reading

  • Effective Reading Habits
    Annotation
    Double-Entry Journal
    Analysis
    Summary
    Reverse Outline
    Paraphrase
    Quotations
    • Questions and Suggestions FOR You
      Questions and Suggestions FROM You

CHAPTER 3. Ideas into Text

  • Getting Started
    Lightning Research
    Invention
    The Three Appeals
    Discussion
    Sooner Rather than Later
    • Questions and Suggestions FOR You
      Questions and Suggestions FROM You

CHAPTER 4. Arguments and Organization

  • Thesis Statements
    Outlines
    Considering Other Perspectives
    Topic Sentences
    • Questions and Suggestions FOR You
      Questions and Suggestions FROM You

CHAPTER 5. Researching Your Topic

  • The CARS Checklist
    Library Databases
    Books
    Internet Sources
    • Questions and Suggestions FOR You
      Questions and Suggestions FROM You

Part Two: Go

CHAPTER 6. Introduction: Hooking Your Reader

  • Opening Sentences
    Topic Overview
    Ending with Your Thesis
    • Questions and Suggestions FOR You
      Questions and Suggestions FROM You

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
    • Questions and Suggestions FOR You
      Questions and Suggestions FROM You

CHAPTER 8. Conclusion: Wait…Don’t Stop

  • Conclusion Dos and Don’ts
    • Questions and Suggestions FOR You
      Questions and Suggestions FROM You

Part Three: Go Again

CHAPTER 9. Taking Another Look

  • Revision and Editing Strategies
    • Questions and Suggestions FOR You
      Questions and Suggestions FROM You

CHAPTER 10. Handing It Over

  • Design and Presentation
    Proofreading
    Titles
    Caroline’s Revision
    Knowing When to Stop
    • Questions and Suggestions FOR You
      Questions and Suggestions FROM You

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

  • Citing Your Sources
    Sample Citations

Permissions Acknowledgements
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.