Seventh Edition   ©2019


Andrea A. Lunsford (Stanford University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-14950-2; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-14950-5; Format: Spiral Bound, 416 pages

A stronger emphasis on helping students become critical and ethical communicators. To help students sharpen their critical and analytical abilities, the text offers new advice for fact checking, evaluating sources, and using sources ethically. The text also emphasizes the importance of connecting with audiences across communities with new advice on topics such as considering disabilities, considering pronoun preferences, and using gender-neutral and inclusive language.

More support for writing in a variety of disciplines and genres. A new chapter, Writing in a Variety of Disciplines and Genres, offers more advice on recognizing the expectations of academic disciplines as well as expanded coverage of understanding and using genres, with emphasis on how to analyze genres. New student writing examples in this chapter reflect a variety of types of writing, including a poster for public awareness campaign, excerpts from a chemistry lab report, and a close reading of poetry.

Even more examples of student writing. Ten student writing examples throughout the book—more than ever before—provide models for common assignments. New examples include paragraphs from a student’s argument essay, an excerpt from a student presentation, excerpts from annotated bibliographies, and a formal outline for a research project. Dozens of additional complete models are available online in LaunchPad Solo for Lunsford Handbooks.

Updated advice for research and documentation. In addition to new advice for fact checking and evaluating sources, the seventh edition features improved advice for keeping track of sources and for presenting other writers’ ideas honestly, fairly, and respectfully. The documentation section has been moved to follow research for better ease of use and features updated advice for citing sources in MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles.

Improved navigation and ease of use. A new Quick Start menu helps students find advice and models based on the type of writing project they’re working on, and a new Detailed Table of Contents makes it easier to find advice on specific topics. The organization of topics has been improved, with Documentation directly following Research, and Top Twenty Tips for Editing Your Writing following the chapter on revising