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Part I. Basics/Process

  A. Chapters 1-6: Start

  B. Ch. 7-13: Organize

  C. Ch. 14-20: Revise/Edit

Part II. College Writing

   D. Ch. 21-23: What Is It?

   E. Ch. 24-30: Write on Rdgs.

   F. Ch.31-35: Arguments

  G. Ch. 36-42: Research

  H. Ch. 43-48: Literature

   I.  Ch. 49-58: Majors & Work

Part III. Grammar

 Study Questions






This second major part or division of"College Writing"--offers a number of chapters about college and professional writing.  It contains sections "D"-"I" with chapters 21-58:

II. COLLEGE WRITING--Sections & Chapters:

D. Intro--What Is It?

 21. What Is "College Writing"?

 22. Levels of College Writer

 23. Resources & Readings

E. How to Write on Readings

 24. What Is a "Response"?

 25. How to Read Texts

 26. Summary

 27. Analysis

 28. Disagreement

 29. Evaluation

 30. Critical Review

F. How to Write Arguments

  31. What Is an "Argument"?

  32. Dialogic/Dialectic

  33. Thesis Worksheet

  34. Thesis Paper

  35. Tests & Other Arguments

G. How to Research

  36. What Is "Research"?

  37. Research Process

  38. Choosing Resources

  39. Developing the Paper

  40. Quoting/Paraphrasing

  41. Avoiding Plagiarism

  42. Critical Thinking   

H. How to Write to Literature

  43. What Is "Writing to Lit"?

  44. How To Read Literature

  45. Analysis of Elements

  46. Critical Lit. Analysis

  47. Interpretive Thesis

  48. Literary Review


I.  How to Write for Majors & Work

  49. Case Study

  50. IMRaD Science Report

  51. Magazine/Nwsltr. Article

  52. News Article/Release

  53. Story Writing

  54. Applying for Jobs

  55. Process/Instructions

  56. Professional Report

  57. Professional Proposal

  58. Recommendation Report



There are really only two major divisions in this online textbook: "Basics" and "College Papers."  Almost everything you will need as a beginning college writer will be in these sections.  In addition, there is a link--at the top of each page and also on the left of each page--to an extensive online directory of grammar resources, called the Online Grammar Handbook at, which can help you find millions of readings and resources on writing, grammar, punctuation, and related needs.

If you are a student in a introductory college-level writing course, you may be taking one of two different types of courses designed to introduce you to writing.  In the U.S., a majority of public colleges and universities offer a "composition," "rhetoric," or "college writing" course with a variety of lessons on how to write and research in college.  A majority of private colleges and private universities offer an introduction-to-literature course that includes a large amount of writing on literature as a way of introducing college writing.  Many colleges and universities of all kinds offer discipline- or major-centered courses (e.g., science, sociology, history, or psychology) with considerable writing within them as a beginning or additional way for you to improve your writing and research skills.  Whichever of these types of courses you have, chapters in this "College Papers" division can help you.

Each chapter in this division is, primarily, about a specific type of paper.  If you feel you still need to know some of the basics about writing or you want to review them, please consult the earlier chapters in Division I, about how to focus and revise your writing.  However, when you have an assignment for a specific type of paper named in this Division II, the chapter usually will take you through the entire process of writing the paper.

Research, however, has its own special methods.  If you are expected to write a research paper, then you should read both the research section in this division and the individual chapter having to do with the type of paper you are expected to write.  Most (but not all!) general research papers in introductory composition or rhetoric courses are either analyses or thesis papers.  So, reading both the research section and the individual chapter on analysis or thesis papers will help. 

If, however, you are writing a paper on or about literature, you should carefully choose the appropriate chapter in the writing-to-literature section.  And if research is required, then read the research section as well.

Good luck with your college writing.  Various studies consistently and repeatedly show that 50-90% of your professional life will be spent in writing in some way.  What you learn now will stay with you for many years to come, shaping not just your future writing but your advancement and pay in your profession.  More importantly, the better you learn to write, the more effectively you can help others as the kind of manager and leader you hope to be.  


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D. What Is It?

E. Write to Readings

F. Write Arguments

G. Research

H. Write to Literature

 I. Write for Majors/Work



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