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Good Reasons: Researching and Writing Effective Arguments [RENTAL EDITION], 7th Edition

By Lester Faigley, Jack Selzer

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 17, 2017

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For courses in Argument.

A practical, visually engaging introduction to argument supported by provocative readings on contemporary issues

Nothing you learn in college will prove to be more important than the ability to create an effective argument. That’s the philosophy embodied in Good Reasons: Researching and Writing Effective Arguments, 7th Edition, an argument rhetoric/reader which avoids complicated schemes and terminology in favor of providing readers with the practical ways of finding "good reasons" to argue for the positions they take. The text uses lively, nontechnical language, an attractive visual design, numerous examples, and fresh, timely readings to engage readers’ interest. The revised 7th Edition includes new readings, multimedia coverage, and projects.

Table of Contents

I. Reading and Discovering Arguments

1. Making an Effective Argument

2. Reading Arguments

3. Finding Arguments

4. Drafting Arguments

5. Revising and Editing Arguments

II. Analyzing Arguments

6. Analyzing Written Arguments

7. Analyzing Visual and Multimedia Arguments

III. Writing Arguments

8. Definition Arguments

9. Causal Arguments

10. Evaluation Arguments

11. Narrative Arguments

12. Rebuttal Arguments

13. Proposal Arguments

IV. Designing and Presenting Arguments

14. Designing Multimedia Arguments

15. Presenting Arguments

V. Researching Arguments

16. Planning Research

17. Finding Sources

18. Evaluating and Recording Sources

19. Writing the Research Project

20. Documenting Sources in MLA Style

21. Documenting Sources in APA Style