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Keys for Writers 8th Edition

Ann Raimes | Susan K. Miller-Cochran

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KEYS FOR WRITERS, 8th Edition, builds on concise but complete explanations, ESL coverage, student writing samples, and clear content design. All-new Key Examples help students apply its critical thinking Framework. The new Assignment Guide: Keys to Common Genres offers step-by-step instructions for 15 genres. This valuable resource also reflects 2016 MLA guidelines for documentation and includes enhanced versions of its popular Source Shots. End-of-part exercises allow students to check their understanding as they progress, while a focus on writing in the disciplines helps them use the framework for critical thinking in a variety of contexts.

Ann Raimes, Hunter College, City University of New York

Ann Raimes, a respected authority on writing, research, grammar, and ESL, created the KEYS FOR WRITERS family of handbooks (Cengage Learning) to be the most accessible, user-friendly handbooks available.

Susan K. Miller-Cochran, The University of Arizona

Susan K. Miller-Cochran, now director of the Writing Program at The University of Arizona, helped shape the First-Year Writing Program at North Carolina State University while serving as director from 2007-2015. Prior to that, she was a faculty member at Mesa Community College in Arizona. Dr. Miller-Cochran serves as president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators (2015-2017). Her work focuses on the intersections of technology, second-language writing, and writing program administration. Widely published and a popular presenter, Dr. Miller-Cochran is also a co-author with Rochelle L. Rodrigo on the CENGAGE GUIDE TO RESEARCH (Cengage Learning). She received both her Master of Teaching English as a Second Language (MTESL) and her Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Rhetoric/Composition and Linguistics, from Arizona State University.

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  • Source Shots for Citation. Popular Source Shots appear in Parts 3-4 and show students where they are likely to find elements needed to cite common research sources in MLA, APA, CSE, and Chicago styles. Clearly labeled citation models illustrate at a glance what types of information students need to include and how to format, arrange, and punctuate that information when documenting sources.
  • Thorough Coverage of Style. The entire Part 6, Style: The Five C's is devoted to the important area of style, covering sentence- and word-related style issues with a straightforward and easy-to-remember approach that teaches students to Cut, Check for Action, Connect, Commit, and Choose the Best Words.
  • Consolidated Grammar Coverage. Thorough, streamlined, and clear coverage of grammar in Part 7, Common Sentence Problems, gives students one central place to turn to when they have grammar questions. While other handbooks often confuse students by dividing grammar coverage over several parts, the reader-friendly KEYS FOR WRITERS summarizes answers to students' frequently asked grammar questions in Part 7.
  • Superior Coverage for Multilingual Writers. KEYS FOR WRITERS takes a distinctive approach to English as a new language, Englishes, and vernaculars. Its "difference, not deficit" emphasis is presented within Language and Culture boxes, an extensive "Editing guide to multilingual transfer patterns," an "Editing guide to vernacular Englishes,", and Notes for Multilingual Writers integrated throughout the text.
  • Exercises on Writing, Research, and Grammar. Exercises at the ends of the writing, research, and grammar sections of the text (including Writing across Languages and Cultures) give students plenty of opportunities to put what they learn into practice. Answers to the exercises are found in the online Instructors Resource Manual.
  • Writing for College, Community, and Career. KEYS FOR WRITERS thoroughly prepares students for a range of writing and communicating tasks they may encounter in college and well beyond as they make their way in the community and workplace. Part 1 and the Assignment Guides support students' writing efforts in different academic disciplines, while Part 5 provides model documents, Web pages, presentations, and other resources for writing, communicating, and document design in a variety of media for diverse audiences.
  • Practical Key Points boxes. Providing quick-reference summaries of essential information, Key Points boxes include A Critical Thinking Framework (Part 1); What Every Librarian Wishes You Knew (Part 2); How to Cite and List Sources in MLA Style (Part 3); DOIs and URLs: Locating and Citing Electronic Sources (Part 4); Guidelines for College Essay Format (Part 5); Checklist for Word Choice (Part 6); Forms of Personal Pronouns (Part 7); Titles: Quotation Marks or Italics/Underlining? (Part 8); and Articles at a Glance: Four Basic Questions about a Noun (Part 9).

Keys for Writers


1. Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing.
2. Drafting in Stages.
3. Revising, Editing, and Proofreading.
4. Writing and Analyzing Arguments.
5. Writing in Academic Disciplines.
6. Research: A Conversation with Sources.
7. Searching for Sources.
8. How to Evaluate Sources.
9. How to Avoid Plagiarizing.
10. How to Use, Integrate, and Document Sources.
11. Citing Sources in Your Paper, MLA Style.
12. MLA List of Works Cited.
13. A Student's Research Paper, MLA Style.
14. Citing Sources in Your Paper, APA Style.
15. APA List of References.
16. A Student's Research Paper, APA Style.
17. CSE Style of Documentation.
18. Excerpt from a Student's Research Paper, CSE Style.
19. Chicago Manual of Style: Endnotes, Footnotes, and Bibliography.
20. Excerpt from a Student's Research Paper, Chicago Style.
21. Document Design.
22. Visuals.
23. Online Communication Forums.
24. Oral and Multimedia Presentations.
25. Portfolios.
26. Resumes and Letters of Application.
27. Business Letters and Memos.
28. First C: Cut.
29. Second C: Check for Action.
30. Third C: Connect.
31. Fourth C: Commit.
32. Fifth C: Choose the Best Words.
33. Revising for Style: A Student's Drafts.
34. Style Tips.
35. Trouble Spots and Terms.
36. Fixing a Sentence Fragment.
37. Run-ons and Comma Splices.
38. Sentence Snarls.
39. Verbs.
40. Passive Voice.
41. Subject-Verb Agreement.
42. Pronouns.
43. Adjectives and Adverbs.
44. Relative Clauses and Relative Pronouns.
45. Commas.
46. Apostrophes.
47. Quotation Marks.
48. Semicolons and Colons.
49. Other Punctuation Marks.
50. Italics/Underlining.
51. Capitalization.
52. Abbreviations.
53. Numbers.
54. Hyphens.
55. Online Guidelines.
56. Spelling.
57. Language Diversity and Edited American English: Challenges for Multilingual Writers.
58. Nouns and Articles.
59. Verbs and Verb Forms.
60. Sentence Structure and Word Order.
61. Prepositions and Idioms.
62. Language Learners' FAQs.
63. Words to Watch For: Glossary of Usage.
64. Glossary of Grammatical Terms.

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