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The Writer's Harbrace Handbook, 5th Edition

  • Cheryl Glenn The Pennsylvania State University
  • Loretta Gray Central Washington University
  • ISBN-10: 1111354294  |  ISBN-13: 9781111354299
  • 944 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2010, 2007
  • © 2013 | Published
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About

Overview

THE WRITER'S HARBRACE HANDBOOK, Fifth Edition, is grounded in the belief that an understanding of the rhetorical situation--the writer, reader, message, context, and opportunity for writing--provides the best starting point for effective writing and reading. This comprehensive handbook guides student writers in employing that rhetorical understanding as they choose the most effective information to include, the best arrangement of that information, and the most appropriate language to use. The text moves students through the steps that constitute successful writing, from finding appropriate topics and writing clear thesis statements to arranging ideas and developing initial drafts. THE WRITER'S HARBRACE HANDBOOK also provides several sample student papers in various disciplines, along with instruction for successfully completing similar assignments. This edition has been updated to address the criteria in the "Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing" as established by various governing bodies of writing instructors such as CWPA, NCTE, and NWP.

Features and Benefits

  • Easy-to-follow color-coded visual examples of each type of citation (for a book, an article, and an online source) show major components and their exact arrangement, while tip boxes outline steps students can follow when composing bibliographies. In addition, approximately fifteen full-length student papers, as well as projects that combine text and graphics, on interesting and timely topics provide useful, realistic examples of how to approach assignments students are likely to encounter in many of their classes, including research papers, lab reports, a review, a literary analysis, a poster, PowerPoint® slides, business letters, and a résumé.
  • Part III includes nine chapters dedicated to writing across the disciplines and mastering their various documentation styles. Highlights include discipline-specific ways of reasoning, uses of sources and evidence, and conventions for style and formatting, as well as all new material on typical assignments students are likely to encounter and examples of actual student responses to those assignments. All student papers are now annotated to point out their organizational structure, use of evidence to support the thesis, method of argument, and other pertinent points for students to learn when composing their own papers.
  • Most chapters feature instructive and engaging visuals such as cartoons, screen shots of databases and websites, photographs, tables, and figures to help students understand the specific ways these features communicate meaning to an audience to supplement and enhance the information that words convey.
  • A process-oriented handbook, THE WRITER'S HARBRACE HANDBOOK, Fifth Edition, situates all discussion of writing--invention, drafting, academic discourse, research, grammar, mechanics, style, and diction--within the context of rhetorical concerns, providing a consistent framework and step-by-step guidelines to help students write more effectively in diverse disciplines and for a variety of assignments.
  • The four-color design and convenient numbering system make it easy for students to quickly and accurately access information throughout the text, facilitating initial learning and review for assignments and exams.
  • Instructional material and numerous examples of student writing illustrate the unique elements of MLA, APA, CMS, and CSE documentation styles, ensuring that students will be well prepared for assignments in a variety of disciplines.

Table of Contents

Part I: WRITING AND THE RHETORICAL SITUATION.
1. Reading, Writing, and the Rhetorical Situation.
2. Planning and Drafting Essays.
3. Revising and Editing Essays.
4. Managing Academic Writing.
5. Online Writing.
6. Composing with Visuals.
7. Writing Arguments.
Part II: RESEARCH.
8. Finding Sources Online, in Print, and in the Field.
9. Evaluating Print and Online Sources.
10. Using Sources Effectively and Responsibly.
Part III: DISCIPLINES AND DOCUMENTATION STYLES.
11. Writing about Literature.
12. MLA Documentation.
13. Writing in the Social Sciences.
14. APA Documentation.
15. Writing in the Humanities.
16. CMS Documentation.
17. Writing in the Natural Sciences.
18. CSE Documentation.
19. Writing in Business.
Part IV: GRAMMAR.
20. Sentence Essentials.
21. Phrases and Clauses in Sentences.
22. Sentence Fragments.
23. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences.
24. Verbs.
25. Pronouns.
26. Modifiers.
Part V: EFFECTIVE SENTENCES.
27. Sentence Unity.
28. Subordination and Coordination.
29. Parallelism.
30. Emphasis.
31. Variety.
Part VI: EFFECTIVE LANGUAGE.
32. Good Usage.
33. Precise Word Choice.
34. Conciseness.
Part VII: PUNCTUATION.
35. The Comma.
36. The Semicolon and Colon.
37. The Apostrophe.
38. Quotation Marks.
39. The Period and Other Punctuation Marks.
Part VIII: MECHANICS.
40. Spelling, the Spell Checker, and Hyphenation.
41. Capitals.
42. Italics.
43. Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Numbers.
Part IX: ADVICE FOR MULTILINGUAL WRITERS.
44. Determiners, Nouns, and Adjectives.
45. Verbs and Verb Forms.
46. Word Order.
Glossary of Usage.
Glossary of Terms.

What's New

  • Although THE WRITER'S HARBRACE HANDBOOK continues to incorporate multilingual writer's boxes in context within chapters on grammar, usage, mechanics, and so on, a new Part 9, "Advice to Multilingual Writers," adds three new chapters that aggregate grammatical concepts critical for helping non-native English speakers to master written English.
  • Chapter 44, "Determiners, Nouns, and Adjectives," helps students decide when to use determiners (such as articles) before nouns and adjectives and when not to.
  • Chapter 45, "Verbs and Verb Forms," provides detailed information on verb tenses, modal auxiliaries, phrasal and prepositional verbs, and participles used as adjectives.
  • Chapter 46, "Word Order," focuses on the ordering of adverbs and adjectives as well as on clauses that may confuse multilingual writers.
  • The fifth edition features new, fully annotated student papers from across the disciplines: in Chapter 3, "Revising and Editing Essays," a process paper that outlines the steps taken by college-bound athletes as they decide on a college--the student makes use of primary research through interviews; in Chapter 11, "Writing about Literature," a feminist approach to a literary analysis of "The Yellow Wallpaper"; in Chapter 13, "Writing in the Social Sciences," an investigation into the role gender plays in assigning status to an occupation; in Chapter 16, "CMS Documentation," a research paper examining the economic implications of South Africa's evolving practice of providing electricity to citizens; in Chapter 17, "Writing in the Natural Sciences," a field report on the relation between tree growth and lichen distribution; and in Chapter 18, "CSE Documentation," a report on the environmental damage caused by the tsunami that devastated the coastal areas of Thailand.
  • One-third of the exercises have been replaced to provide fresh topics or test new concepts introduced.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Cheryl Glenn

Distinguished Professor of English and Women's Studies and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at The Pennsylvania State University, Cheryl Glenn is widely known for her scholarship, leadership, and teaching. Besides authoring THE HARBRACE GUIDE TO WRITING and co-authoring THE HARBRACE HANDBOOKS, she is author of the prize-winning RHETORIC RETOLD: REGENDERING THE TRADITION FROM ANTIQUITY THROUGH THE RENAISSANCE; UNSPOKEN: A RHETORIC OF SILENCE; RHETORICAL EDUCATION IN AMERICA; LANDMARK ESSSAYS ON RHETORIC AND FEMINISM; RHETORIC AND WRITING IN THE NEW CENTURY; and several other titles. Dr. Glenn's rhetorical scholarship has earned her many awards, including three National Endowment for the Humanities awards, the Conference on College Composition and Communication's Richard Braddock Award, Rhetoric Review's Outstanding Essay Award, Best Book/Honorable Mention from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, and Rhetorician of the Year. She has served as Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the largest organization of writing and rhetoric teachers in the world; as President of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition; on the CCCC and NCTE Executive Committees; as Chair of the Modern Language Association (MLA) Division on the History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition; and as a member of the MLA Delegate Assembly. Dr. Glenn's teaching and scholarship have earned her six university teaching and mentoring awards.

Loretta Gray

Professor of English at Central Washington University, Loretta Gray has three degrees related to her interest in composition and applied linguistics: Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (School for International Training), Master of Arts in Spanish (Middlebury College), and Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics (Boston University). She has experience teaching English to non-native speakers in Mexico, Spain, and the United States. In addition, she taught Spanish at Clemson University and applied linguistics at the School for International Training. Dr. Gray has been teaching composition and applied linguistics courses at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, since 1992. She also is co-author of the textbook RHETORICAL GRAMMAR.