New PDF release: A Writer's Reference, 7th Edition

By Diana Hacker

A Writer's Reference, the main broadly followed instruction manual within the usa, remains to be groundbreaking in its simplicity, delivering the correct content material in an obtainable structure. New coauthor Nancy Sommers's personal examine, campus go back and forth, and school room event retain the instruction manual in music with the wishes of educational writers. In a relied on quick-reference layout, the 7th version provides suggestion on the entire correct subject matters: operating with resources, revising with reviews, getting ready a portfolio, and extra. A Writer's Reference deals remarkable flexibility with numerous models to choose between — a instruction manual that is really at your provider.

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Your thesis should be your answer to the question. REVISED THESIS Because the polygraph has not been proved reliable, even under controlled conditions, its use by employers should be banned. A thesis should be an answer to a question, not a question itself. DRAFT THESIS Would John F. Kennedy have continued to escalate the war in Vietnam if he had lived? PROBLEM The thesis is a question, not an answer to a question. STRATEGY Take a position on your topic by answering the question you have posed.

The statement of your main point is called the thesis. ) In the following introductions, the thesis is highlighted. Credit card companies love to extend credit to college students, especially those just out of high school. Ads for credit cards line campus bulletin boards, flash across commercial Web sites for students, and get stuffed into shopping bags at college bookstores. Why do the companies market their product so vigorously to a population that lacks a substantial credit history and often has no steady source of income?

What interests you about your subject? What questions would you like to explore? Why is your subject worth writing about? How might readers benefit from reading about it? Do you need to narrow your subject to a more specific topic (because of length restrictions, for instance)? Purpose and audience ■ ■ ■ ■ Why are you writing: To inform readers? To persuade them? To entertain them? To call them to action? Some combination of these? Who are your readers? How well informed are they about the subject?

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