Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
328 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
April 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380407
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The challenges of teaching and learning academic-level writing may be greater than ever before due to the prevalence of writing practices in social media and the growing internationalization of post-secondary education. The authors of Academic Writing* use discipline-based research papers to discuss preliminary steps such as research, note-taking, summarizing, and drafting a proposal. They trace the development of scholarly papers through introductions, core paragraphs, and conclusions, and they close with essential chapters on writing in the sciences, and revision and proofreading. In its third edition, Academic Writing now offers chapter learning objectives, annotated passages that illustrate aspects of academic style, and a glossary. Furthermore, every chapter ends with articles that can be used for stylistic analysis. These rich pedagogical features accompanied by the authors’ clear step-by-step instructions make this book an ideal guide for all students who want to improve their academic writing skills.


  • for both students and teachers: full-length research papers written by published scholars and by students
  • for instructors: a complete supplementary package that contains PowerPoint slides, an exam bank, and ideas for student activities

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements x

Preface xi

Chapter 1 What’s the Occasion? Genre and Voice 1

Chapter 2 Hitting the Books: Research and Topic 11

Chapter 3 Moving Forward: Compiling a Research Notebook 41

Chapter 4 A Trial Run: Proposals as Research Bids 70

Chapter 5 Hello, Reader! Rhetorical Moves in Scholarly Introductions 109

Chapter 6 Hills and Valleys: The Big Country of Core Paragraphs 179

Chapter 7 Crossing the Finish Line: Rhetorical Moves in Scholarly Conclusions 242

Chapter 8 Freight-Train Nouns: The Density of Scientific Writing 267

Chapter 9 A Last Review: Revising and Proofreading 291

Glossary 305

Copyright Acknowledgements 318

Index 321

Steven C. Roe

Steven Roe has been teaching English for more than fifteen years and currently teaches at Northern Lights College. His scholarly articles have appeared in The Hemingway Review, Seven Decades of Heminway Criticism, The Northern Review, and B.C. Studies.

Designs for Disciplines, Academic Writing, Third Edition

Pamela H. den Ouden

Pamela H. den Ouden teaches English and English as a Second Language at Northern Lights College.

Designs for Disciplines, Academic Writing, Third Edition

Instructor Resources

Academic Writing, 3e includes the following instructor supplements:

  • Exam material,which includes: multiple choice questions, exercises in blocking and labeling passages from academic articles, critical summary questions, and short answers. Instructor answer key is included
  • Ideas for further study
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Examples of student papers

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Student Resources

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