A BRIEF AND PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR WRITING CRITICAL ANALYSIS PAPERS IN DISCIPLINARY AND INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSES (2ND EDITION)

Patrick B. Sharp

ISBN-13: 978-1-945628-28-3

# pages: 66

 

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Description

• Concise and practical coverage of key aspects of critical essay writing
• Suitable for both content-based and composition classes with essay assignments
• Focus on evidence-based argumentation
• Easy-to-grasp overview of primary, secondary, and scholarly sources
• Sections on introductions, body paragraphs, transitions, and conclusions
• Discussions of critical analysis, historical context, and voice
• Examples of common mistakes students make in writing essays
• New section on literature reviews and updated examples throughout

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1:  TYPES OF EVIDENCE

  • The Importance of Evidence
  • Primary Sources
  • Secondary Sources
  • Scholarly Sources

CHAPTER 2:  ANALYZING PRIMARY SOURCES:  THE BASICS

  • Critical Analysis
  • Historical Context
  • Critical Framing and Voice
  • Citing Sources, Plagiarism, and Academic Dishonesty

CHAPTER 3:  ANALYZING PRIMARY SOURCES:  BODY PARAGRAPHS

  • PEAR Paragraph Structure
  • Common Problems with PEAR Paragraphs
  • Using Short Quotations from Written Primary Sources
  • Using Long Quotations from Written Primary Sources
  • Using Evidence from Visual Media Primary Sources

CHAPTER 4:  CONDUCTING RESEARCH AND USING SCHOLARLY SOURCES

  • Choosing a Topic and the Writing Process
  • Conducting Library Research
  • Paraphrasing and Summarizing Scholarly Sources
  • Using Short Quotations from Scholarly Sources
  • Examples of PEAR paragraphs that Use Scholarly Sources

CHAPTER 5:  INTRODUCTIONS

  • Topic Statements
  • Thesis Statements
  • Examples of Introductions
  • Common Mistakes with Introductions

CHAPTER 6:  CONCLUSIONS, CLARITY, AND COHERENCE

  • Conclusions
  • Sentences and Language
  • Transitions Between Paragraphs

About the Author(s): Patrick B. Sharp

Patrick B. Sharp is Professor and Chair of Liberal Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He has designed and taught writing-intensive courses on literature, science studies, gender studies, film and television studies, and interdisciplinary composition. He is the author of Savage Perils: Racial Frontiers and Nuclear Apocalypse in American Culture (University of Oklahoma Press 2007) and Darwinian Feminism in Early Science Fiction: Angels, Amazons and Women (University of Wales Press 2018). His co-edited anthologies include Darwin in Atlantic Cultures (Routledge 2009) and Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction (Wesleyan University Press 2016), the latter of which won the 2017 Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology in Feminist Studies from the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association.

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