The Broadview Guide to Writing – Seventh Canadian Edition
  • Publication Date: December 16, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815401 / 1554815401
  • 740 pages; 6" x 8½"

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The Broadview Guide to Writing – Seventh Canadian Edition

  • Publication Date: December 16, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815401 / 1554815401
  • 740 pages; 6" x 8½"

Increasingly, writing handbooks are seen as over-produced and overpriced. One stands out: The Broadview Guide to Writing is published in an elegant but simple format, and sells for roughly half the price of its fancier-looking competitors. That does not change with the new edition; what does change and stay up-to-date is the content of the book. The seventh Canadian edition brings a substantial re-organization of the contents under three headings: Writing Processes, Writing Mechanics, and Writing Contexts. Coverage of the MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles of documentation has been substantially revised to reflect the most recent updates, including the 2020 APA and 2021 MLA changes. As in earlier editions, the Broadview Guide offers wide ranging coverage of academic argument; of writing and critical thinking; and of writing about literature. Coverage of personal and informal writing is included for the first time—as is a sample literary essay in MLA style (in addition to the sample MLA interdisciplinary essay). The “How to be Good with Words” chapter (on issues of gender, race, religion etc.) has been extensively revised, as has the material on electronic etiquette.



“Even the most useful reference guides are not always, well, shall we say, riveting. A refreshing exception is The Broadview Guide to Writing, which is smart, helpful, and even fun to read.”—Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, authors of They Say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing

The Broadview Guide remains the most readable writing guide available—at any price. It’s the only usage guide I’ve ever actually read for fun. Moreover, it’s sensible, and it’s complete. … The authors assume nothing, but they don’t condescend.” — Jacky Bolding, University of the Fraser Valley

“… an excellent choice.… The expanded coverage of the sixth edition [makes] this not only a comprehensive writing guide, but also a valuable introduction to communication and critical thinking in today’s academic world. I will be recommending this text to students at all levels.” — Maria DiCenzo, Wilfrid Laurier University

“While it is often difficult to distinguish one writing handbook from another … The Broadview Guide to Writing proves exceptional in a number of ways. … [It is] an accessible and relevant guide for twenty-first century college students, with a keen eye toward process, style, and documentation.” — Karen Head, Special Advisor to the Writing & Communication Program, The Georgia Institute of Technology

“In a market replete with writing guides, this practical book stands out…. The [Broadview] Guide … re-energizes this pedagogical field by providing clear and concise explanations supported by examples.” — Anne Quéma, Acadia University

“Comprehensive, affordable, and student-friendly.” — Candice Rai, English Department, University of Washington—Seattle

“[The] reference sections on grammar and usage … cover everything I would ever point out in student writing.… The section on MLA style covers pretty much everything anyone needs to know about how to deploy this system of documentation.… The sections on academic writing are [also] very good.” — Bruce Greenfield, Dalhousie University

Writing Processes

  • P1 Getting Started
    • P1.1 Attitude and Voice
    • P1.2 Academic Style
    • P1.3 Audience
    • P1.4 Purpose
    • P1.5 Focus
    • P1.6 Discovery
    • P1.7 Writer’s Block
    • P1.8 Research
    • P1.9 Finding Sources
    • P1.10 Evaluating Sources
  • P2 Making Sense
    • P2.1 Argument
    • P2.2 Logic
    • P2.3 Fallacies
    • P2.4 Thesis
    • P2.5 Organization
    • P2.6 Modes of Writing
    • P2.7 Logical Fluency
    • P2.8 Your Arguments, Others’ Arguments
  • P3 Improving Style
    • P3.1 Stylistic Fluency
    • P3.2 Diction
    • P3.3 Syntax
    • P3.4 Rhythm
    • P3.5 Figures of Speech
    • P3.6 Voice
    • P3.7 Tone
    • P3.8 Revision and Proofreading
    • P3.9 Writing by Computer
  • Special Topic
    • How to Be Good with Words

Writing Mechanics

  • M1 Grammar
    • M1.1 “Right” and “Wrong”
    • M1.2 Parts of Speech
    • M1.3 Parts of Sentences
    • M1.4 Verb Forms
    • M1.5 Mood and Voice
    • M1.6 How to Build Sentences (Sentence Combining)
  • M2 Usage
    • M2.1 Verb Issues
    • M2.2 Preposition Issues
    • M2.3 Noun and Pronoun
    • M2.4 Word Order
    • M2.5 Word Meanings
    • M2.6 Part-of-Speech Conversions
    • M2.7 Slang
    • M2.8 Word Conventions
    • M2.9 Joining Words
    • M2.10 Wordiness
    • M2.11 National Variants
  • M3 Punctuation and Other Conventions
    • M3.1 Punctuation
    • M3.2 Quotations
    • M3.3 Capitalization
    • M3.4 Abbreviations
    • M3.5 Spelling
  • M4 For Those Whose Native Language Is Not English
  • Special Topic
    • Seeing and Meaning

Writing Contexts

  • C1: Writing Across the Disciplines
    • C1.1 Different Subjects, Different Styles
    • C1.2 English Studies
    • C1.3 Humanities
    • C1.4 Natural and Applied Sciences
    • C1.5 Social Sciences
    • C1.6 Business and Commerce
  • C2: Forms and Conventions
    • C2.1 The Meanings of Texts
    • C2.2 Meaning and Form in Literature
    • C2.3 The Text in the Present Tense
    • C2.4 Authors and Speakers
    • C2.5 The Scientific Research Paper
    • C2.6 Scientific Tone
    • C2.7 First Person and Active Voice
    • C2.8 Writing in the Workplace
    • C2.9 Personal and Informal Writing
    • C2.10 Examinations and In-class Essays
  • C3: Style Guides
    • C3.1 MLA Style
    • C3.2 APA Style
    • C3.3 Chicago Style
    • C3.4 CSE Style

Doug Babington, an Emeritus Professor in the English Department at Queen’s University, was for many years Director of the Writing Centre there. Corey Frost, formerly Coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program at Brooklyn College, is now a professor in the English Department at New Jersey City University. Don LePan’s other books include The Broadview Pocket Glossary of Literary Terms, How to Be Good With Words, and two novels, Animals and Rising Stories. Maureen Okun is a professor in both the English and the Liberal Studies Departments at Vancouver Island University; her books include Sir Thomas Malory: Le Morte Darthur: Selections and The Broadview Pocket Guide to Citation and Documentation. Nora Ruddock is a Developmental Editor at Broadview Press and co-author of The Broadview Pocket Guide to Citation and Documentation 2e. Karen Weingarten is a professor in the Department of English at Queens College, City University of New York; a former co-Coordinator of the Introductory English program, she is also the author of Abortion in the American Imagination.

Features of the Broadview Guide to Writing

  • • Highly readable
  • • More comprehensive coverage of writing in different academic disciplines than in any competitor
  • • Sample essay remains a frequent reference point throughout the section on the writing process
  • • Extensive companion website featuring interactive exercises
  • • wide-ranging coverage of research methods
  • • wide-ranging coverage of how to structure arguments
  • • extended treatment of writing about literature
  • • full chapter on reading images

Features New to the Seventh Edition

  • • fully updated coverage of MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles
  • • wide-ranging coverage in the chapter “For Those Whose Native Language Is Not English”
  • • expanded treatment of “How to Be Good With Words”—issues of gender, race, class, religion, sexual orientation, disability, etc.
  • • all-new interdisciplinary sample essay
  • • all-new English literature sample essay
  • • all-new material on personal and informal writing
  • • revised and expanded section on email etiquette and related topics