The Informed Writer: Using Sources in the Disciplines

  • WID, Rhetoric, Pedagogy, Writing

By Charles Bazerman

CoverThe Informed Writer, offered here in its first open-access edition, addresses a wide range of writing activities and genres, from summarizing and responding to sources to writing the research paper and writing about literature. This edition of the book has been adapted from the fifth edition, published in 1995 by Houghton Mifflin. Copyrighted materials—primarily examples within the text—have been removed from this edition.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: Writing

Chapter 2: Reacting to Reading: Annotations and Journals

Chapter 3: Paraphrasing: The Author's Thoughts in Your Words

Chapter 4: Summarizing: The Author's Main Ideas

Chapter 5: Developing Responses to Readings: Essays

Chapter 6: Recognizing the Many Voices in a Text

Chapter 7: Analyzing the Author's Purpose and Technique

Chapter 8: Evaluating the Book as a Whole: The Book Review

Chapter 9: Comparing and Synthesizing Sources

Chapter 10: Writing the Research Paper

Chapter 11: A guide to Reference and Documentation

Chapter 12: Creating Knowledge

Chapter 13: Reading and Writing about Past Events: The Humanities and Historical Sciences

Chapter 14: Reading and Writing about Events as They Happen: Observation in the Social and Natural Sciences

Chapter 15: Reading and Writing about Designed Events: The Experimental Sciences

Chapter 16: Reading and Writing about Generalizations: Theoretical Disciplines

About Charles Bazerman

Charles Bazerman is Professor and past Chair of the Department of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His many publications include Writing Selves / Writing Societies (co-edited with David R. Russel), Shaping Written Knowledge, A Rhetoric of Literate Action, and A Theory of Literate Action. His book, The Languages of Edison's Light, won the Association of American Publisher's award for the best scholarly book of 1999 in the History of Science and Technology.

Publication Information: Bazerman, Charles. (2010). The Informed Writer: Using Sources in the Disciplines. The WAC Clearinghouse. (Originally published 1995 by Houghton Mifflin)

Publication History: This edition of the book is adapted from the fifth edition of The Informed Writer, published in 1995 by Houghton Mifflin. Previous editions, all by Houghton Mifflin, appeared in 1992 (4th ed.), 1989 (3rd ed.), 1985 (2nd ed.), and 1981 (1st ed.).

Publication Date: January 1, 2011 (WAC Clearinghouse). This book was also made available on Writing@CSU ( on October 18, 2010.

Practices & Possibilities

Series Editor: Mike Palmquist, Colorado State University

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