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A handbook for analytical writing : keys to strategic thinking

Author: William E Winner
Publisher: [San Rafael, Calif.] : Morgan & Claypool, ©2013.
Series: Synthesis lectures on professionalism and career advancement for scientists and engineers, #1.
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This handbook accelerates the development of analytical writing skills for high school students, students in higher education, and working professionals in a broad range of careers. This handbook builds on the idea that writing clarifies thought, and that through analytical writing comes improved insight and understanding for making decisions about innovation necessary for socioeconomic development. This short  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Winner, William E.
A handbook for analytical writing.
[United States] : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, [2013]
(OCoLC)846540767
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William E Winner
ISBN: 9781627051835 162705183X
OCLC Number: 840322427
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 123 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
1.1 Writing advances thinking --
1.2 Historical examples --
1.2.1 Gregor Mendel: developing a base of information for analysis --
1.2.2 James Watson and Francis Crick: working in teams and attribution --
1.2.3 Alexander Flemming: observing the unusual --
1.3 The goals and objectives --
1.4 The audience. 2. Descriptive and analytical writing --
2.1 Descriptive or analytical writing? --
2.2 Analyzing information and concepts --
2.3 The product utility. 3. Guidelines for students and teachers --
3.1 Inquiry-based learning --
3.2 Subject authority not necessary --
3.3 Provide guidance not answers --
3.4 Some students will struggle --
3.5 Checkpoints are necessary --
3.6 Let students share and evaluate work from other students --
3.7 Become comfortable with uncertainty. 4. Choosing topics --
4.1 Writer's choice --
4.2 The analytical set-up --
4.3 Choosing focused, analytical topics --
4.4 Ordering pizza: an example of topic development. 5. Writing teams --
5.1 A common practice --
5.2 Contributing to a writing team. 6. Organization --
6.1 Front matter --
6.2 Introduction --
6.2.1 Set the stage --
6.2.2 Define the playing field --
6.2.3 State the specific goals or objectives --
6.3 Approach and methods --
6.3.1 Approach --
6.3.2 Methods --
6.3.3 Results --
6.3.4 Discussion --
6.4 Back matter --
6.4.1 Acknowledgements --
6.4.2 References --
6.4.3 Appendices. 7. The writing process --
7.1 Build a blue print for the project --
7.1.1 Time line --
7.1.2 Financial costs --
7.2 Outlining --
7.2.1 Exploratory outline --
7.2.2 Outline modification --
7.2.3 Further revising --
7.2.4 Outline for manuscript draft --
7.2.5 More revisions in the outline may occur --
7.3 First draft --
7.3.1 Start writing --
7.3.2 Use the outline --
7.3.3 The introduction may not be a good starting point for writing --
7.3.4 Complete an entire first draft --
7.4 Revision --
7.5 Final drafts. 8. Construction --
8.1 Narrative (syntax and grammar) --
8.2 Citations --
8.2.1 Citation example #1 --
8.2.2 Citation example #2 --
8.3 References --
8.4 Graphical elements: tables and figures --
8.4.1 Sources of data for tables and figures --
8.4.2 Formatting --
8.4.3 Citation --
8.4.4 Figures and tables in the context of a paragraph --
8.4.5 Content of tables and figures --
8.4.6 Figure legends and table headings. 9. Top ten writing tips --
9.1 Do not procrastinate --
9.2 No "who done its?" --
9.3 Use simple sentence structures --
9.4 Associate pronouns with nouns --
9.5 No contractions, slang, idioms, or jargon --
9.5.1 Contractions --
9.5.2 Slang --
9.5.3 Idioms --
9.5.4 Jargon --
9.6 Avoid passive voice --
9.7 Use spelling, grammar, and editing tools --
9.7.1 Spell check --
9.7.2 Grammar check --
9.7.3 Track changes --
9.8 Breaking writer's block --
9.8.1 Get more information --
9.8.2 Talk to people --
9.8.3 Rethink the outline --
9.9 Watch the units --
9.9.1 English units --
9.9.2 Metric units --
9.9.3 Units of time --
9.10 Keep a notebook of writing activities. 10. Ethics: bias and plagiarism. 11. Final products. 12. Evaluating analytical writing. 13. Classroom exercises for teachers and students. Bibliography --
Appendix --
About the author.
Series Title: Synthesis lectures on professionalism and career advancement for scientists and engineers, #1.
Responsibility: William E. Winner.

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