The Brief Wadsworth Handbook, 7th Edition

  • Laurie G. Kirszner University of the Sciences, Emeritus
  • Stephen R. Mandell Drexel University
  • ISBN-10: 1111833036
  • ISBN-13: 9781111833039
  • 608 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2010, 2007
  • © 2013 | Published
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THE BRIEF WADSWORTH HANDBOOK, Seventh Edition, provides students with extensive coverage of rhetorical concerns, the writing and research process, writing and researching with computers, and other topics essential for twenty-first-century student writers. This versatile and proven text is a uniquely effective guide to help students develop the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills they need to become successful communicators in college and beyond. Practicing teachers and collaborative writing partners throughout their careers, Kirszner and Mandell bring an "in-the-trenches" pragmatic understanding of instructor and student needs to every page of this seventh edition.


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  • This remarkably accessible brief handbook features an open, uncluttered design using fourteen tabbed dividers in corresponding colors for each section to help students find information quickly and easily.
  • The text covers MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE documentation styles and provides sample student essays to illustrate proper use of the styles.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at the beginning of each part, marginal FAQ icons in each chapter, and numerous checklists summarizing key information students can quickly access as they work on writing projects all help to reinforce learning and make preparing for assignments and exams easier.
  • Grammar Checker boxes illustrate sample errors and show the advantages and limitations of using a grammar checker, while Close-Up boxes provide an in-depth look at common writing-related issues students may encounter throughout the writing process.

What's New

  • New collaborative writing icons appear alongside features that emphasize peer review and collaborative work.
  • New coverage of reading electronic texts and writing critical responses in Chapter 2, "Reading Texts," offers students key critical reading and analysis strategies.
  • Two new student papers, "Wikipedia: Friend or Foe?" and "The Great Debate: Wikipedia and College-Level Research," now illustrate the writing process in Chapters 4-6 and the research process in Chapters 15 and 21. Additionally, updated and expanded coverage of MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE documentation styles in Chapters 21-24 includes numerous models that help students correctly apply the latest citation guidelines when writing in various disciplines.
  • Expanded coverage of field research in Chapter 17, "Finding and Evaluating Library Sources," and a new field research report in Chapter 13, "Writing in the Social Sciences," emphasize the importance of practical research outside the library.
  • New coverage of avoiding intentional and other kinds of plagiarism in Chapter 20, "Avoiding Plagiarism," offers students strategies for managing their time and producing top-quality original work.
  • A new Chapter 57, "Adjusting to the US Classroom," offers bilingual and ESL writers practical advice on the writing process and English language basics.

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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book.
Acknowledgments.
Part I: WRITING ESSAYS.
1. Understanding Purpose and Audience.
2. Reading Texts.
3. Reading Visuals.
4. Planning an Essay.
5. Using a Thesis to Shape Your Material.
6. Drafting and Revising.
7. Writing Paragraphs.
Part II: CRITICAL THINKING AND ARGUMENTATION.
8. Thinking Critically.
9. Writing Argumentative Essays.
10. Using Visuals as Evidence.
Part III: WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES.
11. Writing in the Humanities.
12. Writing a Literary Analysis.
13. Writing in the Social Sciences.
14. Writing in the Natural and Applied Sciences.
Part IV: DOING RESEARCH.
15. Writing a Research Paper.
16. Finding and Evaluating Web Sources.
17. Finding and Evaluating Library Sources.
18. Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Sources.
19. Synthesizing Sources.
20. Avoiding Plagiarism.
Part V: DOCUMENTING SOURCES: MLA STYLE.
21. MLA Documentation Style.
Part VI: DOCUMENTING SOURCES: APA AND OTHER STYLES.
22. APA Documentation Style.
23. Chicago Documentation Style.
24. CSE and Other Documentation Styles.
Part VII: CREATING DOCUMENTS IN A DIGITAL AGE.
25. Writing in a Digital Environment.
26. Designing Effective Documents.
Part VIII: STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND BEYOND.
27. Creating a Writing Portfolio.
28. Writing Essay Exams.
29. Writing for the Public.
30. Writing for the Workplace.
31. Making Oral Presentations.
Part IX: REVISING COMMON SENTENCE ERRORS.
32. Revising Sentence Fragments.
33. Revising Run-Ons.
34. Revising Agreement Errors.
35. Revising Awkward or Confusing Sentences.
36. Revising Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers.
Part X: WRITING GRAMMATICAL SENTENCES.
37. Using Verbs.
38. Using Nouns and Pronouns.
39. Using Adjectives and Adverbs.
Part XI: IMPROVING SENTENCE STYLE.
40. Writing Varied Sentences.
41. Writing Emphatic Sentences.
42. Writing Concise Sentences.
43. Using Parallelism.
44. Choosing Words.
Part XII: UNDERSTANDING PUNCTUATION.
45. Using End Punctuation.
46. Using Commas.
47. Using Semicolons.
48. Using Apostrophes.
49. Using Quotation Marks.
50. Using Other Punctuation Marks.
Part XIII: UNDERSTANDING SPELLING AND MECHANICS.
51. Improving Spelling.
52. Knowing When to Capitalize.
53. Using Italics.
54. Using Hyphens.
55. Using Abbreviations.
56. Using Numbers.
Part XIV: RESOURCES FOR BILINGUAL AND ESL WRITERS.
57. Adjusting to the US Classroom.
58. Grammar and Style for ESL Writers.
Appendix A: Parts of Speech.
Appendix B: Sentence Review.
Appendix C: Glossary of Usage.
Credits.
Index.

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Meet the Author

About the Author

Laurie G. Kirszner

Laurie G. Kirszner is a best-selling author who is well known nationally. Kirszner, together with coauthor Stephen R. Mandell, has written best sellers for nearly every English market. They have the deepest publishing record of any literature anthology author team and have successfully published up and down the curriculum from developmental to literature.

Stephen R. Mandell

Stephen R. Mandell is a best-selling author who is well known nationally. Mandell, together with coauthor Laurie G. Kirszner, has written best sellers for nearly every English market. They have the deepest publishing record of any literature anthology author team and have successfully published up and down the curriculum from developmental to literature.

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THE BRIEF WADSWORTH HANDBOOK is "cutting edge, thorough, [and] extremely well laid out. Perfect for our students."
— Jim McKeown, McLennan Community College
"The handbook is clearly written, concise, accessible and covers topics related to multiple disciplines, including various types of assignments [related] to documentation formats. Although my syllabus may change from semester to semester, the handbook is adaptable and useful."
— Jennifer Cornette, Christopher Newport University