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How Scholars Write

Aaron Ritzenberg and Sue Mendelsohn

Publication Date - January 2020

ISBN: 9780190296735

352 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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Demystifies academic writing by teaching accessible strategies that experts rely on


How Scholars Write is an affordable, pocket-sized writing guide that offers a descriptive approach to research and composition. Instead of providing specific formulas or asserting how one "should" write, the authors examine how actual scholars work. Designed to be easy to integrate into existing curricula, How Scholars Write demystifies the scholarly writing process by detailing expert strategies that all writers can use.

About the Author(s)

Aaron Ritzenberg is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he serves as Associate Director of the Undergraduate Writing Program and Director of First-Year Writing.

Sue Mendelsohn is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where she serves as Associate Director of the Undergraduate Writing Program and Director of the Writing Center.


"This is the strongest short guide to writing a research-based essay, article, report, or paper that I have seen on the market after all these years. It is quick and deep without ever resorting to condescension, and it will appeal to discerning instructors who would like to raise the bar for their capable students."--Glenn Jackson, Eastern Kentucky University

"How Scholars Write clearly explains the scholarly process of research and writing. It is also packed with engaging examples of scholarly writing and useful analyses of its production."--Eric Cimino, Molloy College

"How Scholars Write offers students a way to learn academic writing that is at once easy to read and follow as well as complex in its offering. I highly recommend this text."--Iris Dunkle, Napa Valley College

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. The Pursuit of Ignorance
    Mindset: "Knowledgeable Ignorance" Propels Research
    Tools & Techniques: Reading and Writing to Discover
    Chapter 2. Scholarly Problems
    Mindset: Research Is a Form of Scholarly Conversation
    Tools & Techniques: Locating a Scholarly Problem with Stakes
    Chapter 3: Projects
    Mindset: A Project Provides a Plan to Address a Problem
    Tools & Techniques: Designing Do-able Projects
    Chapter 4. Claims
    Mindset: Claims Contribute Original and Significant Ideas
    Tools & Techniques: Moving from Observations to Claims
    Chapter 5. Managing Sources
    Mindset: Research Systems Are Inventional
    Tools & Techniques: Making Your Research Systematic
    Chapter 6. Selecting Sources
    Mindset: Source Selection Shapes the Conversation
    Tools & Techniques: Searching for Functional Sources
    Chapter 7. Reading and Note-taking
    Mindset: Scholars Read Strategically
    Tools and Techniques: Reading to Write
    Chapter 8. Getting Things Written
    Mindset: Scholars Write to Think
    Tools & Techniques: Writing to Think and to Polish
    Chapter 9. Feedback
    Mindset: Scholars Seek Feedback That Keeps Them in Control
    Tools & Techniques: Asking for, Using, and Giving Feedback
    Chapter 10. Structure
    Mindset: Different Structures Serve Different Purposes
    Tools & Techniques: Structuring to Serve Writers and Readers
    Chapter 11. Integrating Sources
    Mindset: Scholars Practice the Golden Rule with Sources
    Tools and Techniques: Incorporating Sources
    Chapter 12. Analyzing Sources
    Mindset: Analysis Turns Observations into Evidence
    Tools & Techniques: Generating Interesting Analysis
    Chapter 13. Citing Sources
    Mindset: Scholars Rely on the Integrity of Their Peers
    Tools & Techniques: Citing Sources
    Chapter 14. Authority
    Mindset: Scholars Create Their Authority on the Page
    Tools and Techniques: Conveying Authority
    Chapter 15. Style
    Mindset: Scholars Make Stylistic Choices to Serve Readers
    Tools and Techniques: Reducing Ambiguity and Rewarding Attention
    Chapter 16. Going Public
    Mindset: Published Writing Shapes the Public Sphere
    Tools & Techniques: Making Ideas Public

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