The Broadview Guide to Writing – Seventh Canadian Edition
  • Publication Date: December 14, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815401 / 1554815401
  • 848 pages; 6" x 8½"

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The Broadview Guide to Writing – Seventh Canadian Edition

  • Publication Date: December 14, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815401 / 1554815401
  • 848 pages; 6" x 8½"

For the seventh edition, The Broadview Guide to Writing has been reorganized into three broad sections (writing processes, writing mechanics, and writing contexts). The material on argument has been expanded and revised; two new sample essays in MLA style have been added; and the MLA, APA, and Chicago styles of citation and documentation have been expanded and revised to include the latest updates. This edition also includes new coverage of informal and personal writing, as well as fully revised material on researching and writing academic essays.


  • • Extensive treatment of research methods, and of argument
  • • In-depth, fully updated coverage of MLA and APA citation styles
  • • Wide-ranging treatment of writing styles in different academic disciplines
  • • Focused coverage of issues specific to those whose native language is not English
  • • A full chapter on language issues relating to gender, race, class, religion, sexual orientation, disability, etc.
  • Companion website featuring a wide range of interactive exercises

This edition is intended primarily for Canadian readers. Please see this page for our American edition.


Comments on the sixth edition

The Broadview Guide remains the most readable writing guide available—at any price. It’s the only writing guide I’ve ever read for fun. Moreover, it’s sensible, and it’s complete. The authors assume nothing, but they don’t condescend…. The chapter on visual literacy [provides] an interesting group of paintings and photographs along with a set of clear, concrete ways to ‘read’ them.” — Jacky Bolding, University of the Fraser Valley

“The chapter on ‘How to Be Good with Words’ braves every thorny patch of ethical usage imaginable with clear-eyed candor, a serious and generous sensibility, and refreshing wit…. [Overall,] The Broadview Guide to Writing is not only informative and impressive; it is smart—smartly written and smartly designed.” — Dennis Paoli, Co-coordinator, Writing Across the Curriculum, Hunter College, CUNY

“… an excellent choice—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

“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

“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

How to Use This Book and Its Companion Website
Preface to the Seventh Canadian Edition

Writing Processes

  • P 1 Getting Started
    • P 1.1 Attitude and Voice
    • P 1.2 Academic Style
    • P 1.3 Audience
    • P 1.4 Purpose
    • P 1.5 Focus
    • P 1.6 Discovery
    • P 1.7 Writer’s Block
    • P 1.8 Research
    • P 1.9 Finding Sources
    • P 1.10 Evaluating Sources
  • P 2 Making Sense
    • P 2.1 Argument
    • P 2.2 Logic
    • P 2.3 Fallacies
    • P 2.4 Thesis
    • P 2.5 Organization
    • P 2.6 Modes of Thought/Patterns of Writing
      • Narration
      • Description
      • Definition
      • Classification / Taxonomy
      • Analogy
      • Generalization and Abstraction
      • Cause and Effect
    • P 2.7 Logical Fluency
    • P 2.8 Your Arguments, Others’ Arguments
    • P 2.9 Incorporating Sources through Summary, Paraphrase, and Quotation
    • P 2.10 Plagiarism
  • P 3 Improving Style
    • P 3.1 Stylistic Fluency
    • P 3.2 Diction
    • P 3.3 Syntax
    • P 3.4 Rhythm
    • P 3.5 Figures of Speech
    • P 3.6 Voice
    • P 3.7 Tone
    • P 3.8 Revision and Proofreading
    • P 3.9 Feedback and Criticism
    • P 3.10 Online, On the Screen, On the Page

Special Topic: How to Be Good with Words

  • Some General Principles
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Class
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Ability, Disability, and Neurodivergence
  • Humans and Other Animals
  • Other Issues
  • Seriousness and Humour, Euphemism and Plain Speaking
  • Bias-free Vocabulary: A Short List

Writing Mechanics

  • M 1 Grammar
    • M 1.1 Introduction: Right and Wrong in Writing
    • M 1.2 Parts of Speech
    • M 1.3 Parts of Sentences
      • M 1.3.1 Complete and Incomplete Sentences
        • Run-on Sentences
        • Sentence Fragments (incomplete sentences)
        • Complete Sentences and Sentence Style
        • Acceptable Sentence Fragments
    • M 1.4 Verb Forms
      • The Infinitive
      • The Simple Present
        • Subject-verb Agreement
        • Historical Present
      • The Simple Past
      •  The Simple Future
      • The Progressive (or Continuous) Aspect
      • The Perfect Aspect
      • Conditional
      • The Past Conditional
      • Other Verb Forms
    • M 1.5 Mood and Voice
      • Active and Passive Voice
    • M 1.6 Sentence Combining: How to Build Sentences
  • M 2 Usage
    • M 2.1 Verb Issues
      • Dangling Constructions
      • Sequence of Tenses
      • Irregular or Difficult Verbs
      • Infinitives, Gerunds, Objects: “To Be or Not To Be?”
    • M 2.2 Preposition Issues
    • M 2.3 Noun and Pronoun Issues
    • M 2.4 Word Order
    • M 2.5 Word Meanings
    • M 2.6 Part-of-Speech Conversions
    • M 2.7 Slang
    • M 2.8 Word Conventions
    • M 2.9 Joining Words
    • M 2.10 Wordiness
    • M 2.11 National Variants (online)
  • M 3 Punctuation and Other Conventions
    • M 3.1 Punctuation Marks
      • The Period .
      • The Ellipsis …
      • The Comma ,
      • The Question Mark ?
      • The Exclamation Mark !
      • The Semicolon ;
      • The Colon :
      • The Hyphen –
      • The Dash —
      • Parentheses ( )
      • Square Brackets [ ]
      • The Apostrophe ,
      • Quotation Marks “ ”
    • M 3.2 Quotations
      • Direct Speech
      • Indirect Speech
      • Formatting Quotations
      • Integrating Quotations
    • M 3.3 Capitalization
    • M 3.4 Abbreviations
    • M 3.5 Spelling
  • M 4 EAL: For Those Whose Native Language Is Not English

Special Topic: Seeing and Meaning

Writing Contexts

  • C 1 Writing Across the Disciplines
    • C 1.1 Different Subjects, Different Styles
    • C 1.2 English Studies
    • C 1.3 Humanities
      • History
      • Philosophy
      • Art History
    • C 1.4 Natural and Applied Sciences
      • Biology
      • Chemistry
      • Physics
      • Engineering
      • Medicine and Health Sciences
    • C 1.5 Social Sciences
      • Anthropology
      • Economics
      • Politics
      • Psychology
      • Sociology
    • C 1.6 Business and Commerce
  • C 2 Forms and Conventions
    • C 2.1 The Meanings of Texts
    • C 2.2 Meaning and Form in Literature
    • C 2.3 The Text in the Present Tense
    • C 2.4 Authors and Speakers
    • C 2.5 The Scientific Research Paper
    • C 2.6 Scientific Tone
    • C 2.7 First Person and Active Voice
    • C 2.8 Writing in the Workplace
      • Courtesy and Consideration
      • Memos
      • Email
      • Letters
      • Résumés and Application Letters
      • Business Reports, Plans, and Proposals
    • C 2.9 Informal and Personal Writing
      • C 2.9.1 Purpose and Inquiry: Finding a Topic and Getting Started
      • C 2.9.2 Informal and Personal Writing in a Digital World
      • C 2.9.3 Openings
      • C 2.9.4 Descriptive Elements
      • C 2.9.5 Narrative Elements
      • C 2.9.6 Persuasive Elements
      • C 2.9.7 Reflective Elements
      • C 2.9.8 Closings
      • C 2.9.9 Informal and Personal Writing: Samples for Discussion
    • C 2.10 Examinations and In-Class Essays (online)
  • C 3 Style Guides
    • C 3.1 MLA Style
      • C 3.1.1 About In-text Citations
      • C 3.1.2 About Works Cited; MLA Core Elements
      • MLA Style Sample Essays
    • C 3.2 APA Style
      • C 3.2.1 Incorporating Sources in APA Style
      • C 3.2.2 About In-text Citations
      • C 3.2.3 About References
      • APA Style Sample Essay
    • C 3.3 Chicago Style
      • C 3.3.1 About Chicago Style
      • Chicago Style Sample
    • C 3.4 CSE Style (online)

Appendix 1: Essay Checklist

Appendix 2: Correction Key

Permissions Acknowledgements
Images Reproduced on the Dividers

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

Student Site

Included in the purchase price of this book is free access to a passcode-protected website. Here you will find a wide range of exercises on English grammar and usage—many of them interactive, so that you can see immediately if you have answered correctly (and, if you haven’t, discover where you have gone wrong). The site also makes available a variety of essays (including sample essays in MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE formats).

Instructor Site

The instructor site provides sample syllabi and lesson plans, as well as additional exercises and materials.