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release date: Jul 15, 2009
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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition

The "Publication Manual" is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, and educators. Although it is specifically designed to help writers in the behavioral sciences and social sciences, anyone who writes non-fiction prose can benefit from its guidance. The newly-revised Sixth Edition has not only been rewritten. It has also been thoroughly rethought and reorganized, making it the most user-friendly "Publication Manual" the APA has ever produced. You will be able to find answers to your questions faster than ever before. When you need advice on how to present information, including text, data, and graphics, for publication in any type of format--such as college and university papers, professional journals, presentations for colleagues, and online publication--you will find the advice you're looking for in the "Publication Manual."

release date: May 01, 2005
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Office Of Assertion: An Art Of Rhetoric For Academic Essay
Scott F. Crider addresses the intelligent university student with respect and humor. A short but serious book of rhetoric, it is informed by both the ancient rhetorical tradition and recent discoveries concerning the writing process. Though practical, it is not simply a how-to manual; though philosophical, it never loses sight of writing itself. Crider combines practical guidance about how to improve an academic essay with reflection on the purpose--educational, political, and philosophical--of such improvement.
release date: Jan 07, 2013
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Advanced Statistics in Research: Reading, Understanding, and Writing Up Data Analysis Results
Advanced Statistics in Research: Reading, Understanding, and Writing Up Data Analysis Results is the simple, nontechnical introduction to the most complex multivariate statistics presented in empirical research articles.  It demystifies the sophisticated statistics that stop most readers cold: multiple regression, logistic regression, discriminant analysis, ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANOVA, factor analysis, path analysis, structural equation modeling, meta-analysis--and more. Advanced Statistics in Research does not show how to perform statistical procedures--it shows how to read, understand, and interpret them, as they are typically presented in journal articles and research reports. A companion website, StatsInResearch.com, provides free sample chapters, exercises, and PowerPoint slides for students and teachers. A free 600-item test bank is available to instructors.

Advanced Statistics in Research assumes that you have never had a course in statistics. It begins at the beginning, with research design, central tendency, variability, z scores, and the normal curve. You will learn (or re-learn) the big-three results that are common to most procedures: statistical significance, confidence intervals, and effect size. Step-by-step, each chapter gently builds on earlier concepts. Matrix algebra is avoided, and complex topics are explained using simple, easy-to-understand examples.

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Advanced Statistics in Research shows how data-analysis results can be summarized in text, tables, and figures according to APA format. You will see how to present the basics (e.g., means and standard deviations) as well as the advanced (e.g., factor patterns, post-hoc tests, path models, and more).

Advanced Statistics in Research is appropriate as a textbook for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates (see supplementary materials at StatsInResearch.com). It also serves as a handy shelf reference for investigators and all consumers of research.
release date: Apr 13, 1998
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Your Life as Story: Discovering the "New Autobiography" and Writing Memoir as Literature
In Your Life As Story, autobiography expert Tristine Rainer explains how we can all find the important messages in our lives. Like Mary Karr or Frank McCourt, we can shape those stories into dramatic narratives that are compelling to others. Blending literary scholarship with practical coaching, Rainer shares her remarkable techniques for finding the essentials of story structure within your life's scattered experiences. Most important, she explains how to treasure the struggles in your past and discover the meaning within those experiences to capture the unique myth at work in your life.
release date: Sep 17, 2010
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50 Essays: A Portable Anthology
50 Essays: A Portable Anthology is the best-selling value-priced reader in the country because its virtues don't stop at the price. Its carefully chosen selections include enough classic essays to reassure instructors, and enough high-interest and high-quality contemporary readings to keep things lively and relevant for students. The editorial apparatus is more extensive than in competing value readers, but still is flexible and unobtrusive enough to support a variety of approaches to teaching composition. In its third edition, 50 Essays continues to offer selections that instructors enjoy teaching, at a price students won't resist, but with more editorial emphasis than before on the critical thinking and academic writing skills of today's composition courses.
release date: Apr 19, 2013
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Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing, 9th Edition
Rereading America remains the most widely adopted book of its kind because of its unique approach to the issue of cultural diversity. Unlike other multicultural composition readers that settle for representing the plurality of American voices and cultures, Rereading America encourages students to grapple with the real differences in perspectives that arise in our complex society. With extensive editorial apparatus that puts readings from the mainstream into conversation with readings from the margins, Rereading America provokes students to explore the foundations and contradictions of our dominant cultural myths. The print text is now integrated with e-Pages for Rereading America, designed to take advantage of what the Web can do.
release date: Jul 01, 2007
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Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will Want to Read
Breathe Life into Your Life Story is an essential read for anyone who aspires to write a life story—but not just any story, one your family and others will actually WANT to read.

Written for both novices and experienced writers, this book presents techniques used by novelists to immerse readers into their fictional world—techniques like “showing” rather than just “telling”; creating interesting, believable characters and settings; writing at the gut level; alternating scene and narrative; beginning with a bang; generating tension, and more.

Excerpts from memoirs written by such pros as Maya Angelou, Frank McCourt, Russell Baker, and many others illustrate how best-selling authors have used these methods to hook their readers. Dozens of “Learn by Doing” exercises help readers practice and acquire the skills necessary to breathe life into their own stories.
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release date: Mar 07, 2006
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Visions across the Americas: Short Essays for Composition
VISIONS ACROSS THE AMERICAS presents 70 cross-cultural essays on diverse topics such as: Language and Culture; the Family; Americans and Immigrants; Education and Intelligence; Lifestyles; Racism, Sexism, and Ageism; American Society, Prejudices and Stereotypes; and Technology, Cyberspace, and the Cosmos. Each chapter provides students with a blueprint for a specific essay type, with pre- and post-reading questions and activities that reinforce an understanding of the rhetorical modes, and encourage them to think and write clearly and critically.
release date: Feb 05, 2009
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Short Guide to Writing about Film, A (7th Edition)

This best-selling text is a succinct guide to thinking critically and writing precisely about film.

 

Both an introduction to film study and a practical writing guide, this brief text introduces you to major film theories as well as film terminology, enabling you to write more thoughtfully and critically. With numerous student and professional examples, this engaging and practical guide progresses from taking notes and writing first drafts to creating polished essays and comprehensive research projects. Moving from movie reviews to theoretical and critical essays, the text demonstrates how an analysis of a film can become more subtle and rigorous as part of a compositional process.
release date: Sep 15, 2006
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Writing as Craft and Magic, 2nd Edition
Writing as Craft and Magic, Second Edition, outlines a compelling approach to conceiving, reporting, organizing, and writing articles for today's media. The book revolves around the central idea that writers improve most quickly by combining the powers of technique ("craft") with creativity ("magic"). Applying this method to news and feature writing--both print and online--it focuses on leads, organization, transition, clarity, drama, and other elements that drive good writing toward excellence.
Aimed at students in upper-level undergraduate writing and reporting courses, Writing as Craft and Magic provides a clear and succinct instructional system--with practical models, a wealth of examples, and step-by-step guides--to help students understand and apply craft and magic to daily assignments. Author Carl Sessions Stepp, a seasoned journalist at the national level, structures his system in three parts. He first evokes the art of writing, then applies that art to standard journalistic writing, and concludes with a strong section on advanced writing techniques for features. He also offers advice and tips on how newsrooms currently operate in the age of multimedia journalism. This revised edition includes an expanded exercise section at the end of each chapter, more coverage of the demands of multimedia journalism (convergence), and updated chapters on incorporating the Internet into research and writing for the daily news cycle.
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