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Academic Writing, second edition: An Introduction Paperback – Aug 30 2009


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Broadview Press; 2 edition (Aug. 30 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551119080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551119083
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Like any complex rhetorical art, good academic writing is less a matter of conforming to rules than of exercising judgment, informed by a sense of audience expectations and developed by disciplined practice. Academic Writing: An Introduction is one of those rare guides that knows this, and helps students help themselves. Its discussions of academic genres, styles, and knowledge-making processes explain the complex cognitive and social principles of academic discourse with remarkable clarity. As students work through the book's many imaginative exercises, they will find themselves developing a new level of rhetorical judgment. Not only will they will they be better equipped to deal with writing assignments in a variety of disciplines; they will likely go on improving as writers after their introductory course has been completed." - Brian Turner, Centre for Academic Writing, University of Winnipeg

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Janet Giltrow's Academic Writing: Writing and Reading in the Disciplines has been widely acclaimed in all its editions as a superb textbook―and an important contribution to the pedagogy of introducing university and college students to the conventions of writing in an academic milieu. Giltrow draws meaningfully on theory, especially genre theory, while using specific texts to keep the discussion grounded in the particular. Exercises throughout help students to interpret, summarize, analyze, and compare examples of academic and scholarly writing. The book is intended to demystify scholarly genres, shedding light on their discursive conventions and on academic readers' expectations and values. Academic Writing: An Introduction is a concise version of the full work, designed to be more compact and accessible for use in one-term writing courses. This new edition has been revised throughout and contains many new exercises, updated examples, an expanded discussion of research writing in the sciences, new glossary entries, and a new section on research ethics and the moral compass of the disciplines.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "amazonfinn" on Aug. 6 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is very easy to read and understand. Without ever being condescending, the author writes at a level that Undergraduate and Graduate students can greatly appreciate. I always wanted a sense of the big picture in my approach to writing, and this book provided that. In fact it was the first book that did this for me.
If you are an undergraduate who wants to improve your writing of essays, or a graduate student writing a thesis, this book is a good one to own, to refer to, and to give you a sense of how to approach your writing.
The book is also useful if you are undertaking a literature review. The author has sections on note-taking and citation that are very useful.
The book applies across the disciplines, but I would suggest it is most suitable to those in the social sciences. Overall, I would not hesitate this book to anyone who is faced with writing essays or theses for University or Research.
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By Beth on Nov. 20 2011
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This book is a "must have: for university students and professors alike. Giltrow goes beyond the typical style guide for writing; this book is not about grammar and punctuation, but it contains explainations and valuable exercises for understanding writing. Students who use this book will develop a deep meta-awareness of writing for university.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Different Sort of Composition Text July 5 2000
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As a part-time instructor of Freshman English, I am always looking for new ideas for my classes.
This book has, since 1995, offered me some unconventional approaches. Giltrow outlines some of the rules and conventions of academic writing while acknowledging that rules change, genres overlap, and contexts matter.
My students really liked the passage in which Giltrow admits that rules for writing are different within different academic disciplines and that "'Organization' in history is not 'organization' in psychology, and neither resembles 'organization' in an 'argument' essay..."
I admire the exercises Giltrow provides and her use of rhetorical theory helps students grapple with the genre of academic writing.
If a new edition is planned, I would ask for more examples of academic writing. The exercises are quite useful.
This is a different sort of course text.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Resource for University Students and Researchers Aug. 6 2002
By "amazonfinn" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is very easy to read and understand. Without ever being condescending, the author writes at a level that Undergraduate and Graduate students can greatly appreciate. I always wanted a sense of the big picture in my approach to writing, and this book provided that. In fact it was the first book that did this for me.
If you are an undergraduate who wants to improve your writing of essays, or a graduate student writing a thesis, this book is a good one to own, to refer to, and to give you a sense of how to approach your writing.
The book is also useful if you are undertaking a literature review. The author has sections on note-taking and citation that are very useful.
The book applies across the disciplines, but I would suggest it is most suitable to those in the social sciences. Overall, I would not hesitate this book to anyone who is faced with writing essays or theses for University or Research.
Great Resource / Course Book Jan. 6 2011
By Stephen Pellerine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book on how to help the new student approach academic writing (perhaps yourself as it can be a self-help guide to writing). It starts in considering the genre of writing, distinguishes between high school and college writing, and moves into aspects of academic writing such as referencing, citing, summarizing, and how to get down to business through reading and reflecting on several examples of writing.

This in an introduction remember, so if you are well published this may not be the book for you. If you are however such books may be of interest - so why not. There is nothing bad here - it is just basic on a relative scale.

Great book, wonderful ideas, and it would be a useful course book for an instructor of academic composition / research.
An unique contribution to understanding academic writing Dec 25 2011
By Thad McIlroy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm reading the 2nd edition, borrowed last week from the library. And I've been thinking: Wow, this book is excellent. It's approachable, practical, and has excellent exercises. At the same time the authors bring a singular perspective to the topic that I find valuable. It's allowing me to rethink my approach to being a better academic writer. I see now that there's a third edition, which I'll order today and donate to the library when I've finished reading it.
Three Stars Dec 29 2014
By Muriel Renner-Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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