Fourth Edition   ©2017

The Academic Writer

A Brief Guide

Lisa Ede (Oregon State University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-03720-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03720-8; Format: Paper Text, 448 pages

Expanded attention to multimodal composing. Academic writing is no longer just about text, and effective rhetorical choices take place across mediums. With a new Chapter 11, “Strategies for Multimodal Composing,” and more multimodal examples and activities throughout the text, this edition expands the texts’ signature emphasis on design as a part of writing into multimodal contexts. 

Foregrounding the importance of reading rhetorically. A revised chapter 2, "Reading Rhetorically," pulls together all the reading coverage into a single chapter that helps students apply rhetorical sensitivity to their reading; become active, critical readers; and “read” visuals in a rhetorically sensitive way. Within this chapter, in a section drawing on the framework for success in post-secondary writing developed by the National Council of Teachers of English, the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and the National Writing Program, students learn how certain habits of mind (such as curiosity, openness, flexibility, and responsibility) can help them become more active and reflective readers and researchers.

New coverage of kairos. Chapter 1 introduces the concept of kairos, the need to consider the occasion for composing and to respond to the rhetorical situation in a timely way. Later chapters show how students use the concept of kairos to lend urgency to their writing.

More attention to practical strategies for writing effectively. The fourth edition offers enhanced coverage of drafting, revising, and editing, with new emphasis on drafting paragraphs and proofreading.

Streamlined and updated advice for conducting academic research. Written in conjunction with Anne-Marie Deitering, an expert on research and learning technologies, Chapter 7, “Doing Research: Joining the Scholarly Conversation,” now highlights the importance of academic habits of mind to successful research, and it provides up-to-date coverage of research tools, from the using filters and facets of databases to staying organized with citation managers.  In addition, the citation guidelines in the Appendix and documentation examples throughout the book have been updated to reflect the new guidelines issued by MLA in 2016.