A crowd-powered newsletter for a writing-centered community.
Issue 6, November, 2012
When Governor Jerry Brown of California signed legislation that supports the creation of 50 free textbooks for common undergraduate courses, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) quickly critiqued the idea of free textbooks, suggesting it would costs “tens of millions of dollars to develop, distribute and maintain” these textbooks.
For Governor Brown as well as the AAP, we have some great news: You can cross one important textbook off of your list! California, welcome to Writing Commons!
We are pleased to announce that past issues of "unCommon News" are now available at our archive, and they are linked through Rich Haswell's CompPile. We are honored to be anchored at CompPile, a quality crowd-powered academic resource.
In this issue we will explore:
- Two Calls for Papers--one on academic argument, and one on Information Literacy
- Writing Commons traffic report
- A note from one of our users
- Social Media
The Traffic Report
User Report: Susan Youngblood
- managing group projects (for the group report assignment)
- copyright and writing (for the instructions assignment because some students need the video)
- some of the style entries
- some pages on incorporating evidence (for the report assignment)
Calls for Papers
As an organic, digital, recursive text we are interested in receiving new and interesting articles and chapters to expand the breadth and depth of what we can offer our global community of writers.
While we welcome submissions covering all aspects of writing, we are especially in need of content focused on academic argument. In the past Writing Commons has partnered with the first-year composition program at the University of South Florida to produce a derivative work, a textbook used by that writing program--one that more specifically focuses on academic argument.
A list of submission topics is as follows:
Forms of Academic Writing
Writers Emphasize Complexity
Writing is an Ongoing Conversation
Writing is a Process
What is an Argument?
Visual Rhetoric and Cultural Lenses
Writing a Rhetorical Analysis
Research as Conversation
Research as Discovery
Summarizing and Paraphrasing
Formulating a Thesis
Making and Supporting Claims
Considering the Opposing Side
Considering Audience, Purpose, and Genre
Classical Argument Structure
Tracing a Logical Progression
Introductions and Conclusions
Citing Your Sources
Writing Helpful Peer Reviews
Making the Most of Peer Feedback
Making the Most of Instructor Feedback
Submission should be between 500 and 1,000 words, and should take advantage of the capablities offered by the digital space (i.e., the ability to include Creative Commons-licenced images, to embed YouTube or other videos, to hyperlink, etc). Topics may address:
- What is information literacy? (an introduction to the concept)
- Determining what information you need
- Approaching online sources / conducting research online
- Identifying credible electronic sources
- Discovering and using library databases
- Understanding best resources for research
- An annotated list of electronic databases that first-year undergraduate students might find particularly useful
- Understanding the place of place of resources like Wikipedia in the research process
- Distinguishing between different types of sources (i.e., an edited collection, a book, a journal article, etc.)
- Understanding the connection between writing and research
- Citation Mining
- Avoiding plagiarism and citing correctly
- Formatting according to Chicago style
- Formatting according to Harvard style
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