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Writing: A Manual for Digital Age, Comprehensive, 2009 MLA Update Edition, 1st Edition

  • David Blakesley Clemson University
  • Jeffrey L. Hoogeveen Lincoln University
  • ISBN-10: 142829029X  |  ISBN-13: 9781428290297
  • 1168 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008
  • © 2008 | Published
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In their rhetorical handbook, WRITING: A MANUAL FOR THE DIGITAL AGE, Blakesley and Hoogeveen place students' writing front and center with an innovative page format that keeps students' attention focused on their own writing and on activities, checklists, projects, and visual aids that help them write. The page design and innovative visuals make information about writing, reading, research, documentation, technology, and grammar easy for students to access and understand. To accomplish their writing tasks, students are taught to ground their rhetorical decisions in the specific context in which they are writing. As a further aid to writing and research, WRITING: A MANUAL FOR THE DIGITAL AGE gives students more and better information on using technology than any other handbook. "Technology Toolbox" features throughout, as well as two dedicated parts of the book (Parts 5 and 6), teach students how to apply technology to their writing tasks, whether the task is to write a personal essay, a persuasive essay, a critical review, a photographic essay, a technology autobiography, a blog, a website, or more than twenty other different kinds of writing projects. This edition has been updated to reflect guidelines from the 2009 MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition.

Features and Benefits

  • WRITING: A MANUAL FOR THE DIGITAL AGE's unique information architecture and design the visual display of information to foster learning allows students to quickly locate and use the information they need. Because students can apply reading strategies they already use in web and multimedia contexts to the handbook pages, they feel more comfortable with WRITING: A MANUAL FOR THE DIGITAL AGE than with other text-heavy handbooks.
  • The focus throughout on rhetorical context guides students in making good writing decisions showing students how the rhetorical context shapes readers' responses, the creation of meaning, and the writer's purpose. This consistent focus on rhetorical context gives students a way of analyzing the diverse writing projects they will encounter in college, on the job, and in organizations to which they belong.
  • "Technology Toolbox" features throughout save the instructor's time by giving students step-by-step instructions in using technology as an aid to writing and research. These boxes are designed to answer first-year writing students' most frequently asked "how to" technology questions so you don't need to spend time helping students do basic technology tasks, and instead can focus on helping students improve writing.
  • The handbook offers the best treatment of rhetorical and technical information on writing, designing, and publishing via desktop and web. Part 5, "Designing and Presenting Documents" discusses using visuals to inform and persuade; desktop publishing and graphic design; and oral presentations. Part 6, "Writing in Digital Spaces" discusses the rhetoric of email, networking on the web, and general issues of writing and rhetoric on the web. Two chapters on designing websites keep the topic manageable and a chapter on multimedia composing focuses on multimedia essays and portfolios.
  • Visual rhetoric is covered from both viewer's and writer's points of view, helping students become better critical "readers" of visual content and more able to effectively integrate visual material into their own work. Chapter 10, "Reading Images Critically," teaches students how to analyze visuals inside the frame and beyond the frame. Chapter 24, "Using Visuals to Inform and Persuade," describes how to choose, use, and get permission for visuals. Chapter 25, "Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design for Writers," discusses graphic design principles, as well as typography and color.

Table of Contents

1. Writing and Rhetoric in Context.
2. Planning Your Writing Projects.
3. Invention and Inquiry.
4. Drafting and Shaping Content.
5. Developing Paragraphs.
6. Revising, Editing, and Proofreading.
7. Understanding Academic Genres.
8. Reading Critically.
9. Reading Literature Critically.
10. Reading Images Critically.
11. Writing Arguments.
12. Writing for Business and the Workplace.
13. Writing on the Spot: Essay Examinations.
14. Conceptualizing the Research Project.
15. Online Research.
16. Library and Field Research.
17. Using Information Effectively.
18. Research and Plagiarism in the Digital Age.
19. Citing Sources in MLA Style.
20. Citing Sources in APA Style.
21. Citing Sources in CMS Style.
22. Citing Sources in CSE Style.
23. Using CGOS Citations for Online Sources.
24. Using Visuals to Inform and Persuade.
25. Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design for Writers.
26. Designing Interactive Oral Presentations.
27. Reading and Writing Email Purposefully.
28. Networking with Others on the Web.
29. Writing and Rhetoric on the Web.
30. Designing Simple Web Pages.
31. Designing Complex Websites.
32. Multimedia Composing.
33. Sentences in Context.
34. Parallelism.
35. Coordination and Subordination.
36. Concise Sentences.
37. Variety and Emphasis.
38. Effective Word Use.
39. Language and Diverse Audiences.
40. Parts of Speech and Sentence Structure.
41. Fragments.
42. Run-Ons and Comma Splices.
43. Pronouns.
44. Verbs.
45. Subject-Verb Agreement.
46. Adjectives, Adverbs, and Modifying Phrases.
47. End Punctuation: Defining Sentence Types and Boundaries.
48. Commas: Defining Boundaries within Sentences.
49. Semicolons: Expressing Equal Relationships among Closely Related Ideas.
50. Colons: Introducing Explanations and Quotations.
51. Apostrophes: Showing Possession and Forming Contractions.
52. Quotation Marks: Attributing Words to People and Conveying Tone.
53. Other Punctuation Marks.
54. Abbreviations.
55. Numbers.
56. Italics.
57. Capitalization.
58. Spelling and Hyphens.
59. ESL Writing for Academic Purposes.
60. Nouns and Articles.
61. Verbs and Verbals.
62. English Sentence Structure.
Glossary of Technology and Web Terms.
Glossary of Grammatical Terms.
Glossary of Usage.

What's New

  • 2009 MLA Update Edition.
  • The MLA documentation reflects significant changes in the new MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition, published in March, 2009.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

David Blakesley

David Blakesley is the Campbell Chair in Technical Communication and Professor of English at Clemson University. Previously, he was a Professor of English and Director of Professional Writing at Purdue University. In 2002, he also founded Parlor Press, a scholarly publishing company that has already published some 35 titles and is growing rapidly. Dave's teaching and research interests are in the areas of digital and multimedia publishing, visual rhetoric, modern rhetorical theory, and technical communication.

Jeffrey L. Hoogeveen

Jeff Hoogeveen is a professor and the Director of the Composition Program at Lincoln University. He teaches composition, advanced writing and film courses.