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The Essentials of Academic Writing, 1st Edition

  • Derek Soles
  • ISBN-10: 0176523456
  • ISBN-13: 9780176523459
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

Essentials of Academic Writing is an essay-level book focused exclusively on writing academic papers. It is organized around three principles: a thorough focus on the fundamentals of writing academic papers; a cross-disciplinary approach to writing that emphasizes the importance of writing skills beyond the English course; and a focus on reading skills as the underlying foundation of a good critical thinker. One of the hallmarks of this book is the use of a single sample student essay, from start to finish, as an annotated example of the process used by a developing writer. From the brainstorming diagram in the first chapter to the final draft at the end of Part One, students are given a strong, consistent model to emulate.


  • Thorough, step-by-step coverage of the process of writing, from brainstorming to revision

  • Coverage of writing in a variety of disciplines (social sciences, sciences, humanities, business, and technology)

  • Utilizes a student-lauded and unique “ISCE acronym” for intelligence, substance, clarity, and energy - a simple way of reminding students of the essential features of good academic writing and the important criteria they need to keep in mind as they draft and revise their writing.

  • Includes an insightful section on how instructors evaluate student writing

  • Grammar and mechanics section that assumes some ability on the part of student writers, but also covers the most common types of errors and avoids using jargon

  • Covers argumentation, as well as expository and persuasive writing

  • Sample essays annotated with instructional notes and commentary

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About the Author

Derek Soles

Derek Soles received his Ph.D. from the University of Victoria in 1988. He has taught at several colleges and universities in Canada and the U.S. He currently teaches at The University of British Columbia. In addition to Essentials of Academic Writing, he has written text books and many articles on composition theory and pedagogy and literary analysis.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Writing Process

Writing as a Recursive Process
Reading Academic Writing

Part One: The Process of Writing an Academic Essay
Chapter 1: What Is an Academic Essay?
Chapter 2: Getting Started: Consider Topic, Audience, Purpose
Chapter 3: Research Your Topic
Chapter 4: Make a Plan
Chapter 5: Write a Draft
Chapter 6: Revise Your Essay
Chapter 7: Edit Your Essay
Chapter 8: Acknowledge Your Sources

Part Two: Model Academic Essays with Instructional Notes and Commentary

Part Three: An Anthology of Academic Writing