Keys for Writers

  • AUTHORS: Ann Raimes; Susan K. Miller-Cochran
  • ISBN-13: 9781111841751 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 704 Pages  Spiralbound 
  • 7th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2008
  • ©2014     Published
  • Prices are valid only in the respective region

Overview

About The Product

Strengths of KEYS FOR WRITERS include concise but complete explanations, ease of use (with ten color-coded tabs that clearly signal the book's content), strong ESL coverage, and outstanding student writing samples. New co-author Susan Miller-Cochran brings to this edition a framework for critical thinking that offers students a method for understanding and approaching rhetorical situations. Additionally, new exercises at the end of most parts let students check their understanding. In the documentation sections, "Source Shots" provide visual examples of how to document sources from print to Internet sources and from encyclopedia articles to MP3 selections. A new focus on writing in the disciplines helps students carry the framework for critical thinking into a variety of academic contexts, while new guidelines for thinking critically about sources helps students apply the framework to source evaluation. A new design provides stronger visual presentation of concepts to help students learn to think critically about their writing and use of sources.

Features

  • "KEY POINTS" BOXES offer quick-reference summaries of essential information that students can use in reviewing and studying important concepts.
  • "TECH NOTES" provide specific guidance for integrating technology into writing and research; for example, in Chapter 1, a Tech Notes box explains how to use social bookmarking to annotate texts online.
  • "SOURCE SHOTS" show students, in a graphic form, how to find citation information on book or periodical title pages, web sites, and more.
  • STUDENT WRITING SAMPLES include developing a thesis; free-writing; brainstorming; writing and researching in the humanities, arts, and natural sciences; creating a bibliography; a new argument paper; a new paper that shows how a subject can be adapted to the demands of different disciplines (in Chapter 5, Writing in the Disciplines); a new student research paper in MLA style; a new student research paper in APA style; an excerpt from a student's research paper in CSE style; and a new excerpt from a student research paper in Chicago style. All sample student research papers and excerpts include visuals.
  • UNIQUE FIVE Cs OF STYLE in Part 6 gives students guidance for reviewing and revising their work, in what one reviewer called "a no-nonsense, easy-to-understand" way.
  • CRITICAL READING AND THINKING is incorporated throughout the text, and strengthened and emphasized in this edition to include thinking critically about Internet sources.
  • SUPERIOR COVERAGE FOR MULTILINGUAL WRITERS takes a "difference, not deficit" approach, including Language and Culture boxes, an extensive "Editing Guide to Multilingual Transfer Patterns," an "Editing Guide to Vernacular English," and "Notes for Multilingual Writers" integrated throughout the text.
  • THE INTUITIVE, COLOR-CODED, TWO-PART ORGANIZATION features laminated tabbed part dividers and a new, more colorful design that makes information accessible and easy to review.

About the Contributor

AUTHORS
  • Ann Raimes

    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

    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.

Table of Contents

PART I: THE WRITING PROCESS.
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.
PART II: RESEARCH/SOURCES/DOCUMENTATION.
6. The Research Process: 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.
PART III: MLA DOCUMENTATION.
11. Citing Sources in Your Paper, MLA Style.
12. MLA List of Works Cited.
13. A Student's Research Paper, MLA Style.
PART IV: APA, CSE, AND CHICAGO DOCUMENTATION.
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.
PART V: DESIGN, MEDIA, AND PRESENTATION.
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.
PART VI: STYLE: THE FIVE C'S.
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.
PART VII: COMMON SENTENCE PROBLEMS.
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/Relative Pronouns.
PART VIII: PUNCTUATION, MECHANICS, SPELLING.
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.
PART IX: WRITING ACROSS LANGUAGES AND CULTURES.
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.
PART X: GLOSSARIES.
63. Words to Watch For: Glossary of Usage.
64. Glossary of Grammatical Terms.
Index.

New to this Edition

  • Exercises have been added to the end of most sections (including the writing, sentence problems, grammar and mechanics issues, and ESL), allowing students to practice what they have learned. Answers to half of the exercises are found at the end of the text for self-study, while others can be assigned to check students' progress
  • Expanded coverage of critical thinking, beginning in Chapter 1 with "A Framework for Critical Thinking" includes consideration of purpose, audience, voice, and medium, presented in a visual format that recurs throughout the text to remind students of these vital considerations in their written work
  • Part 1, The Writing Process, has been thoroughly revised to reflect new technologies and their effect on student writing, as well as how critical thinking should be applied to every format, from evaluating visuals to assessing written work.
  • Part 2, Research/Sources/Documentation has been updated to stress the importance of evaluating and integrating sources, particularly sources found online. One reviewer called this revision "the most useful presentation of source integration and citation that I have encountered." At the same time, students are offered new tips from the perspective of an often untapped resource-their reference librarian.
  • Part 5, Design, Media, and Presentation, has been completely revised to reflect new social media, formats for document design, presentation formats, and workplace formats such as emails and electronic resumes.
  • NEW student papers provide contemporary paper topics with more examples of citation formats, in Chapters 4 (Writing and Analyzing Arguments), 13 (MLA sample paper), 16 (APA sample paper), and 20 (Chicago sample paper). A new student paper in Chapter 5, Writing in All Your Courses, provides an analysis of how a topic is treated in different disciplines.
  • Part 9, Writing Across Languages and Cultures, has been strengthened with added topics on diversity, as well as a discussion of the cultural requirement of documenting sources in the U.S. and updated "Notes for Multilingual Writers" throughout the text highlight areas that are troublesome for English Language Learners.
  • The seventh edition is accompanied by a full complement of digital resources that include Enhanced InSite (online paper grading, peer review, and originality checking), CourseMate (quizzing, tutorials), Questia (research), and Aplia (online homework, practice and review of grammar and writing fundamentals). Whether your course is on the ground, online, or somewhere in between, we have the digital resources sure to meet any instructional need.

Components

Teacher Components

  • Resources for Writers, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133044387 | ISBN-13: 9781133044383)
    Resources for Writers offers a variety of activities for students to practice and refine their understanding of key concepts via interactive grammar and proofreading exercises, anti-plagiarism tutorials, writing and research modules, multimedia activities, and downloadable grammar podcasts.
    Price = 20.00
  • Questia, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285079205 | ISBN-13: 9781285079202)
    When writing research papers, QUESTIA is a student’s best friend. Featuring 24/7 online access to thousands of full-text books and millions of academic journal and periodical articles along with a complete suite of organizational and productivity tools, QUESTIA takes the pain out of finding good sources and keeping track of them. And, it is more than a vast content collection of online sources. QUESTIA can help your students in the entire research process, from topic selection and research to organization of their notes and proper citations. In addition, QUESTIA now offers faculty-developed instructional tutorials centered around the research process, covering student pain points such as “Evaluating Sources” and “Paraphrasing Sources” to “Avoiding Plagiarism” and “Working with Documentation Styles”. QUESTIA will help your students write better papers, providing a foundation in sound research practices, a wider array of scholarly sources, and easy-to-use tools for organizing what they've learned into a better-thought-out paper.
    Price = 79.00
  • Questia, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1428277439 | ISBN-13: 9781428277434)
    Questia is the online library that provides 24/7 access to the Web’s premier collection of full-text books and academic journal and periodical articles in the humanities and social sciences. And, it is more than a vast collection of online sources. Questia can help your students in the entire research process, from topic selection and research to organization of their notes and proper citations. Questia will help your students write better papers, providing a wider array of scholarly sources, and enabling them to organize what they’ve learned into a better-thought-out paper.
    Price = 40.00

Student Supplements

  • Resources for Writers, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133044387 | ISBN-13: 9781133044383)
    Resources for Writers offers a variety of activities for you to practice and refine your understanding of key concepts via interactive grammar and proofreading exercises, anti-plagiarism tutorials, writing and research modules, multimedia activities, and downloadable grammar podcasts.
    Price = 20.00
  • Questia, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285079205 | ISBN-13: 9781285079202)
    Write better papers faster with QUESTIA, the powerful online research tool for all your research and paper writing needs. Through access to QUESTIA's complete versions of copyrighted books (77,000 + and growing) and 4 million academic journal articles, plus magazine and newspaper articles—all selected by professional librarians—you can quote and cite peer-reviewed sources without worrying about their credibility. QUESTIA's powerful search function enables you to quickly find the most relevant sources for your research without painstakingly sifting through page after page of irrelevant information. Besides scholarly content, QUESTIA also provides easy-to-use search, note-taking, and writing tools to help you produce a first-rate paper. Any book or article you find is always available. No book is ever checked out. QUESTIA is always open—24 hours a day, 7 days a week—available when and where you want to work.
    Price = 79.00
  • Questia, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1428277439 | ISBN-13: 9781428277434)
    Write better papers faster with Questia, the powerful online research library for all your research and paper writing needs.
    Price = 40.00