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From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A Text and Reader (ISBN 9780312601416) defines academic writing as ‘dialogue' where ideas are exchanged in order to gain new knowledge. Authors Stuart Greene and April Lidinsky simplifies the rather complex subject by laying down a series of easy-to-master skills that students can use to develop academic writing...
From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A Text and Reader (ISBN 9780312601416) defines academic writing as ‘dialogue' where ideas are exchanged in order to gain new knowledge. Authors Stuart Greene and April Lidinsky simplifies the rather complex subject by laying down a series of easy-to-master skills that students can use to develop academic writing abilities. It is both a text and a thematic reader that offers extensive thought-provoking selections (including student papers) that readers can relate to and use to improve their own skills. Seventeen chapters make up From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A Text and Reader by Greene and Lidinsky. The first chapter lays down how academic writers view the practice—from making inquiries, to viewing writing as a conversation, and understanding its process. The second chapter teaches readers to use reading as an act of composing, as well as how to analyze text in a rhetorical manner. Chapter 3 is about identifying different types of claims, and analyzing arguments. It also integrates interesting reads from writers such as Phil Primack and Stuart Rojstczer. The fourth chapter talks about identifying issues and formulating questions from such issues. Chapter 5 teaches readers how to formulate and develop a thesis, followed by the chapter on finding and evaluating sources—from developing different search strategies to evaluating both library and internet sources. Chapter 7 teaches paraphrasing, summarizing, and writing a synthesis, while chapter 8 talks about how to relate and appeal to readers. The next chapters are devoted to drafting introductions and conclusions, developing paragraphs for essays, revising, editing, and working with groups, and types or methods of inquiry. The second part of this reference tackles education, media studies, business, international relations, biology, and environmental studies.
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