Features and Benefits

NEW! The following features have been added to enhance the text:

  • EXPANDED! Discussions of critical thinking, critical reading, and academic writing.

  • UPDATED! Section on writing in the disciplines.

  • UPDATED! More information on digital and multimodal consumption.

  • UPDATED! More coverage on incorporating sources and avoiding plagiarism.

  • REVISED! MLA chapter reflects the major changes introduced in the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook.

NEW! Instructor’s resource manual helps new and experienced instructors use the handbook to their best advantage.

  • A separate handbook that accompanies exercises in the text is available to instructors. 

The text is designed to help students easily find the information they need.

  • A guiding principle of the book is that students learn better when they have the information they need at their fingertips without getting bogged down in details. Faigley designed the text to mirror this.

  • Important information stands out visually and verbally, inviting students to browse the book for answers and advice.

  • Complicated processes are broken down into clear, simple steps.

  • New ideas and terms are presented in clear and accessible language.

  • Comprehensive treatment of research includes thorough coverage of plagiarism and integrating sources, acknowledging that students start their research online. The text includes detailed coverage of using and citing database sources, as well as in-depth treatment of evaluating and citing electronic sources.