This brief, flexible guide features dictionary-style entries on the key terms and concepts associated with academic and research-based writing, as well as offering a user's guide to academic culture. Offering enormous flexibility, the alphabetically-organized entries in this text can be introduced in any order to present discussions of writing papers-from developing a thesis statement to citing sources. Each entry uses examples from scholarly writing to explain a particular aspect of the writing or research process-Analysis, Argument, Summary, Synthesis-and provides concrete, manageable techniques and exercises to help students make their writing work. Entries from different disciplines show the development of specialized knowledge and specific rhetorical practices. A guide to academic culture as well as a writing guide, the text helps students develop skills such as how to interpret a syllabus or analyze an assignment.
Preface. Alternative Table of Contents. Introduction: Academic Thinking and the Loss of Common Sense. Analysis, or the Pleasure of Disruption. Argument: Aunt Anne's Predicatment and the Logic of Persuasion. Assignment: By Definition Not A Task. Assumptions, Or the World Before the Text. Audience, Or the Listener as the Essay's Other. Brainstorming, Or How the Other Half Thinks. Citation, Or the Rolodex of the Academic World. Claims: Territorial Defense or Promise of Exploration? Conclusions: The Horror of Ending. Coordination-Subordination: The Rule of the Sentence. Counter-Argument, or the Necessary Risk of Academic Thinking. Dash-Disrupting Academic Prose. Discipline and Its Discontents. Editing, or Who is Writing What? Essay: The Etymology of the College Paper. Evaluation, or How Does One Handle a Rejection or Bad Grade? Evidence: Discovery and Proof. Experimental Writing: Conformity and Rebellion. Footnotes, or the Autobiographies of Texts. Free-Writing, a Rather Forced Liberation. Grammar: The Magic of a Writer's Craft. Interpretation: When a Banana is Not Just a Banana. Introductions: The Risk of Beginning. Keyterms, The Main Characters of Essays. Metaphor: Its Wonders and Dangers. Paragraphs: the Unfolding Drama. Parallelism: Grammar and Equality. Plagiarism: The Politics of Common Good and Private Property. Pronoun: Of the Sacred and the Profane. Punctuation: An Art Within Reason. Question: Affectation or Inquiry? Quotation: Show Me How You Quote, and I Tell You Who You Are. Reading and revelation. Research: Not On the Trail of the Assassins. Revision: A Writer's Survival Guide. Structure, or the Stories Essays Tell. Subject-Verb, or Sentence Squeeze-Play. Summary: Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli. Syllabus: Social Contract, Utopian Vision, or Draft for the Future? Synthesis: The Alchemy of Interpretation. Thesis: Discover by Design. Titles, Why They Matter. Transitions: Miracle Workers or Enforcers. Voice: The Sight of Sound. Workshop: Collaboration and Production. Writer's Block: Lame Excuse or Real Condition? Works Cited, or Why This Entry Gets the Last Word.