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Print Price: $134.99

544 pp.
17 figures; 12 tables, 7.5" x 9.25"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Writing for the Academic Disciplines

A Rhetoric, Reader, and Handbook

Sally Hayward

Combining a rhetoric, a reader, and a handbook, this three-in-one volume explores the conventions and forms of academic writing common throughout the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. By progressing through the engaging lessons, readings, and exercises, students will build the skills they need to write with confidence in their chosen discipline.

Readership : First- and second-year level courses in academic writing at universities and colleges.


  • "This text provides an excellent introduction to the nature and requirements of academic writing. . . . It makes grammar more comprehensible to students than any other text I've examined."
    --Melanie Murray, Okanagan College

  • "This text covers writing techniques across disciplines and appeals to writers/students who are associated with a variety of subjects and professions."
    --Marissa Reaume, University of Windsor

From the Publisher
Part One: Genre: Why It Is Important and How to Use It
1. Genre: "Real-World" and Academic Contexts
2. Academic Writing as a Genre
3. Writing for the Humanities and Social Sciences
4. Writing for the Sciences
Part Two: The Rhetoric
5. Academic Reading
6. Summary Writing
7. Academic Analysis
8. Academic Persuasion
9. Drafting and Revision
10. Research Writing
11. Documentation Style
Part Three: The Reader
Language and Communication
David Bartholomae: - Writing with Teachers: A Conversation with Peter Elbow
Wayne C. Booth: - The Rhetorical Stance
Donald M. Murray: - The Maker's Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscript
William Zinsser: - Simplicity
Catherine F. Schryer: - The Lab vs. the Clinic: Sites of Competing Genres
Animal Rights
Carl Cohen: - The Case for the Use of Animals in Biomedical Research
Tom Regan: - The Case for Animal Rights
Identity and Difference
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson: - Shape Structures Story: Fresh and Fieisty Stories about Disability
Raymond Carver: - Cathedral
Alice Munro: - Voices
Susan Musgrave: - Arctic Poppies
Indigenous Issues
Sherman Alexie: - How to Write the Great American Indian Novel
Drew Hayden Taylor: - Cry Me a River, White Boy
Richard Wagamese: - Returning to Harmony
Joe Sheridan: - The Silence before Drowning in Alphabet Soup
Advances in Scientific Thought
Werner Heisenberg: - What is an Elementary Particle
J.D. Watson and F.H.C. Crick: - Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids
Democratic Rule
Carl L. Becker: - Modern Democracy
E.B. White: - Democracy
Part Four: The Handbook
12. Grammar
13. Style
Appendix A: Exercise Answer Key
Appendix B: Peer Review Guidelines
Works Cited
ONLINE CHAPTER: Business and Technical Writing

Instructor's Manual:
Chapter overviews
Learning objectives
Key concepts and terms
Discussion and debate ideas
In-class assignments and group activities
Suggested lecture topics
Additional resources:
- Further readings
- Web links
Test Bank:
Multiple choice questions
True-or-false questions
Short answer questions
Essay questions
Student Study Guide:
Online chapter: Business and Technical Writing
Grammar quizzes

Sally Hayward received her PhD in 2006 from the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She has served as an instructor in the Academic Writing Program at the University of Lethbridge. Sally's research interests focus on composition, genre theory, and the rhetorical and narrative construction of disability. She has written a grammar chapter for Brundage/Lahey's Acting on Words: An Integrated Rhetoric, Research Guide, Reader, and Handbook, 3e (PEC 2012) and a number of articles that focus on the representation of disability in literature, law, media, and medicine.

The Active Reader - Eric Henderson
Writing by Choice - Eric Henderson
The Empowered Writer - Kathleen M. Moran and Eric Henderson
Becoming an Active Reader - Eric Henderson
Making Sense - Margot Northey and Joan McKibbin
The Canadian Writer's Handbook - The late William E. Messenger, Jan de Bruyn, The late Judy Brown and Ramona Montagnes
The Concise Canadian Writer's Handbook - The late William E. Messenger, Jan de Bruyn, The late Judy Brown and Ramona Montagnes
Paperback Oxford Canadian Thesaurus - Edited by Robert Pontisso
Paperback Oxford Canadian Dictionary - Edited by Katherine Barber

Special Features

  • In-depth coverage of academic writing as a genre helps students understand how it differs from other forms and styles of writing.
  • Interdisciplinary approach makes this text suitable for students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds.
  • Step-by-step guidance - on such key tasks as reading critically, writing persuasively, revising drafts, and researching and documenting sources - helps students develop a process they can use to consistently produce professional, persuasive results.
  • Discipline-specific readings provide students with excellent examples of effective writing on which they can model their own work.
  • A practical approach to grammar, punctuation, and style teaches students how to develop their writing voice and produce error-free academic prose.
  • Annotated student essays highlight the distinctions among the different writing genres while offering inspiration for students' own writing.
  • An abundance of questions and exercises - including two self-assessment grammar tests - give students the chance to test their knowledge and apply what they have learned.
  • An answer key for selected exercises allows students to track their progress and identify areas for improvement.
  • A companion website - featuring grammar quizzes and a full-length chapter on business and technical writing for students, as well as an instructor's manual and a test bank for instructors - offers additional resources to enhance the learning and teaching experiences.