Features and Benefits

Focus on Reading and Writing

  • A chapter on the reading process guides students in analyzing their purposes for college reading, employing a structured reading strategy, and improving their reading comprehension.
  • The chapter on critical reading and thinking explains the rhetorical principles of logical, ethical, and emotional appeals and provides more in-depth instruction on summarizing, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating both texts and visuals.
  • Extensive samples of student writing include 18 full academic essays and complete workplace documents to illustrate key elements of various types of writing and help students apply them in their own work.

Support for Sources and Citation

  • Sections on intellectual property rights and “patchwriting” broaden students’ understanding of plagiarism and how to avoid it.
  • Annotated source illustrations explain how to identify citation information in a range of typical sources — journal articles, web pages, and books—and how to arrange that information into correct updated MLA and APA citations.
  • More thorough treatment of evaluating Internet sources helps students distinguish among satiric, propagandistic, and credible online sources for their papers (Chapter 24).

Coverage on Grammar, Punctuation, and Style

  • Authoritative, classroom-tested advice about grammar, punctuation, and mechanics provides comprehensive and clear explanations with plentiful examples of correct usage.
  • Support for multilingual writers includes six stand-alone chapters devoted to areas of special concern, as well as ESOL Tips integrated throughout the handbook and embedded within specific grammar, research, and writing topics.
  • The Terms Glossary provides a convenient cross-referencing system.