Pantuso, Terri, Sarah LeMire, Kathy Anders, and Kalani Pattison eds. Informed Arguments: A Guide to Writing and Research. 4th ed. College Station: Texas A&M University, 2023. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
The pilot edition of this textbook was created as a collaboration between the Texas A&M English Department and the Texas A&M University Libraries. The creation of this work was funded by the University Libraries and the English Department.
This fourth edition of Informed Arguments contains updates from the previous edition, including new text and updated citations. This edition is partially funded by a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board OER Grant Program.
Contributing Open Educational Resources:
This OER textbook was developed by drawing upon a number of existing OER textbooks. Much of Informed Arguments contains complete or remixed chapters from these open texts which are listed below. All contributing works are copyrighted and Creative Commons licensed by their respective authors.
Bernnard, Deborah, Greg Bobish, Jenna Hecker, Irina Holden, Allison Hosier, Trudi Jacobson, Tor Loney, and Daryl Bullis. The Information Literacy User’s Guide: An Open, Online Textbook, edited by Greg Bobish and Trudi Jacobson. Geneseo, NY: Open SUNY Textbooks, Milne Library, 2014. http://textbooks.opensuny.org/the-information-literacy-users-guide-an-open-online-textbook/. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Archival link: https://web.archive.org/web/20230711202425/https://milneopentextbooks.org/the-information-literacy-users-guide-an-open-online-textbook/
Crowther, Kathryn, Lauren Curtright, Nancy Gilbert, Barbara Hall, Tracienne Ravita, and Kirk Swenson. Successful College Composition. 2nd edition. Book 8. Georgia: English Open Textbooks, 2016. http://oer.galileo.usg.edu/english-textbooks/8. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Archival link: https://web.archive.org/web/20230711203012/https://oer.galileo.usg.edu/english-textbooks/8/
Gagich, Melanie, and Emilie Zickel. A Guide to Rhetoric, Genre, and Success in First-Year Writing. Cleveland: MSL Academic Endeavors. Accessed July 2019. https://pressbooks.ulib.csuohio.edu/csu-fyw-rhetoric/. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Archival link: https://web.archive.org/web/20230711203259/https://pressbooks.ulib.csuohio.edu/csu-fyw-rhetoric/
Inoshita, Ann, Karyl Garland, Kate Sims, Jeanne K. Tsutsui Keuma, Tasha Williams, and Susan Wood. “Evaluation.” In English Composition: Connect, Collaborate, Communicate, by Ann Inoshita, Karyl Garland, Kate Sims, Jeanne K. Tsutsui Keuma, and Tasha Williams. Honolulu, 2019. http://pressbooks.oer.hawaii.edu/englishcomposition/chapter/evaluation/. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Archival link: https://web.archive.org/web/20230711204019/http://pressbooks.oer.hawaii.edu/englishcomposition/chapter/evaluation/
Jones, Rebecca. “Finding the Good Argument OR Why Bother With Logic?” In Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 1, edited by Charles Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky, 156-179. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2010. https://writingspaces.org/?page_id=243. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License. Archival link: https://web.archive.org/web/20230711204300/https://writingspaces.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Finding-the-Good-Argument.pdf
Krause, Steven D. “On the Other Hand: The Role of Antithetical Writing the First Year Composition Courses.” In Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2, edited by Charles Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky, 141-153. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2011. https://writingspaces.org/?page_id=160. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. Archival link: https://web.archive.org/web/20230711204640/https://writingspaces.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/On-the-Other-Hand.pdf
Stedman, Kyle. “Making Sure Your Voice is Present.” Writing Commons. https://writingcommons.org/article/making-sure-your-voice-is-present/. Accessed December 18, 2020. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. This work has been slightly altered to remove embedded videos, reformat citations, and reformat the font and layout in order to be included in this textbook with permission of the author. Archival link: https://web.archive.org/web/20230711204804/https://writingcommons.org/article/making-sure-your-voice-is-present/
Credited Open Educational Resources:
Open educational resources build upon one another to create additional texts, and as we assembled Informed Arguments, we found that some of the OER works we used for this textbook had themselves employed other OER materials. While we did not draw upon these resources ourselves, the following texts are credited in the OER texts we used:
Burnell, Carol, Jaime Wood, Monique Babin, Susan Pesznecker, and Nicole Rosevear. The Word on College Reading and Writing. Open Oregon Educational Resources. Accessed December 18, 2020. https://openoregon.pressbooks.pub/wrd/. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Archival link: https://web.archive.org/web/20230711210420/https://openoregon.pressbooks.pub/wrd/
Jeffrey, Robin. About Writing: A Guide. Portland, OR: Open Oregon Educational Resources. Accessed December 18, 2020. https://openoregon.pressbooks.pub/aboutwriting/. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Archival link: https://web.archive.org/web/20230711210756/https://openoregon.pressbooks.pub/aboutwriting/
Krause, Steven D. The Process of Research Writing, Version 1.0. Spring 2007. http://stevendkrause.com/tprw/. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Archival link: https://web.archive.org/web/20230711210913/http://stevendkrause.com/tprw/
The Pilot Edition of Informed Arguments was reviewed by Dr. James Purdy. This review process was not a blind peer review process in the conventional publishing sense. Instead, Dr. Purdy graciously provided suggestions for improvement that were incorporated into subsequent editions.
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If a link is broken, why not update the citation to reflect the new location? One might suggest that, in a hypothetical case where an OER has moved from one publishing platform to another, this edition should just cite the new publishing platform. That is a reasonable option. However, many parts of this OER adapted works that existed in a certain way at a certain time. We are including citations with, in rare cases, outdated weblinks so that readers and users can see exactly what the original source was. The additional archived links exist to help users find the current (as of 2023) interactions of those sources in case they wish to examine or use them.