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Entire Table of Contents:

  1. Section 1: Situation and Analysis
    • Included Readings:
    • “What Does the Professor Want? Understanding the Assignment” by Amy Guptil, Open SUNY
    • “Backpacks vs. Briefcases: Steps Toward Rhetorical Analysis” by Laura Bolin Carroll
    • “Murder! Rhetorically Speaking” by Janet Boyd
  2. Section 2: Writing Process
    • Included Readings:
    • “Identify” from the Information Literacy User’s Guide, Open SUNY
    • “Developing a Strong, Clear Thesis Statement” from Writing Essays at UMN
    • “Constructing the Thesis and Argument — From the Ground Up” by Amy Guptil, Open SUNY
    • “Organizing Your Writing” from Writing Essays at UMN
    • “Writing Body Paragraphs” from Writing Essays at UMN
  3. Section 3: Research and Writing
    • “Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Avoiding Plagiarism” by Steven D. Krause
    • “Strategies for Gathering Reliable Information” from Successful Writing
    • “Seven Steps of the Research Process” from Cornell University Library
    • “Rhetorical Modes” from Writing Essays at UMN
    • “Research Writing and Argument: All Writing is Argument” by Pavel Zemilansky, Methods of Discovery
  4. Section 4: Critical Reading
    • Included Reading:
    • “Research and Critical Reading” by Pavel Zemilansky




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