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SPARKPLUG
Sparkplug is designed to help students research communication issues in today's culture.

The book provides bibliographies on various communication topics, up-to-date lists of articles

from communication journals, and clusters of critical references in in-text citations from

academic books on communication. Registered students can submit assignments that

are designed to familiarize them with the academic venues for research. Assignments

are evaluated on a pass/fail scale (a pass is a 95% or above) or, if requested, on a letter

grading scale (A, B, C, or D) based on a score from 0-to-20 points. Instructors can receive

a list of the grades. Printed book format, 8x5 inches, 76 pp. ISBN 9781935845218. Edited by P. H. Mims.

Click to see pp. 1-15, 28-35, 62-66

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FIREFLY

Firefly is designed to help students develop a sense of literary style. In each of Firefly's

three chapters, models are provided for students to imitate. These models include poems

from famous poets, prose passages from literary authors known for a distinct style, and short

genre pieces. Registered students are asked to send in poems and prose pieces imitating

models of their choice. Submissions receive two sets of evaluations: one for meeting the

assignments' requirements and one for artistic merit. Upon request, instructors can receive

a list of the evaluations. Printed book format, 8x5 inches, 150 pp. ISBN 9781935845089.

Edited by OLP Staff Writers. Click to see pp. 1-25

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LAUREL LEAF

Written as a self tutorial, Laurel Leaf is a poetry-instruction packet containing 45 terms of

scansion and literary analysis. Each term has its own page for explanation and and

examples. Besides the terms, this book includes a collection of over 70 best-loved lyric

poems in American and British literature. Students can receive up to three term tests,

which are graded on a scale from 1 to 10 and assigned a percentage score. Instructors

can receive a list of the grades. Printed book format, 8x5 inches, 103 pp.

ISBN 9780981680361. Edited by Kelly Renee Fergusson. Click to see pp. 1-15, 52-60

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STINGRAY

Written as a self-tutorial, Stingray is designed to help students learn to summarize,

paraphrase, and quote published academic work. Emphasis is also placed on topic

formation, thesis declaration, and argumentative technique to form a niche for students'

own voices in the existing critical conversations. Both MLA and APA models for in-text

citation and bibliographic entries are provided. Students can take up to three standard

or advanced tests (in MLA, APA, or a mix of both) covering summary, paraphrasing,

quotation mechanics (brackets and ellipses), and documentation. Instructors can receive

a list of the grades. Print book format, 8x5 inches, 200 pp. NOTE: This book can be ordered with various   

appendices. ISBN 9780981680330. Written by Linda Kayleese Hughes. Click to see pp. 1-12, 19-22, 40-44,

141-145

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SWORDFISH

Written as a self-tutorial, Swordfish is a six-chapter manual on sentence-boundary

mechanics. While students learn parts-of-speech along the way, the main goal is

simply to teach students how to recognize fragments, comma splices, and fused

sentences in order to eliminate them from their writing. Swordfish begins at the basic

step of recognizing main verbs, and then provided formulas for finding the elements

of five sentence patterns. Students can take up to three standard or advanced cumulative

tests, which are graded on a scale from 1-to-10 or 1-to-20 and assigned a percentage

score. Instructors can receive a list of the grades. Printed book format, 8x5 inches 200 pp. Written by Kate

Freeland. ISBN 9780981680323. Click to see pp. 1-6, 59-64, 141-144, 167-172

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CALLIGRAPH

Written as a self-tutorial, Calligraph leads students in their own composition of a short story.

The book contains ten short stories by recognized masters. The students read the stories,

document their similarities in form and content, and then write a short story imitating these

qualities. Students are asked to complete up to five assignments that are to be submitted to

the editors of the Calligraph pdf for evaluation and analysis. Printed book format, 11x8.5 inches,

140 pp. ISBN 9781935845096. Edited by Henson Marebelle. Click to see pp. 1-15

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MAKING THE CASE

Making the Case presents the student with excerpts from literature in which authors reach a conclusion by following signs and evidences gathered from their environment or from the protagonist's logic. Students are asked to examine the threads of reasoning in order to determine whether the conclusions reached are sound, valid, or fallacious. Two critical articles are included so that students can compare anecdotal evidence with evidence depending upon documentation. Printed book format, 8x5.5 inches, 160 pp. ISBN 9781935845126. Edited by Penelope Houston.

 

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TEXTS & CULTURES

Texts & Cultures offers a diverse collection of literary material that showcases the lineaments of people in their cultures (real or fictionally representative). Selections include excerpts from St. Augustine's Confessions, Chaucer's The Book of the Duchess, Dante's Inferno, Bunyan's Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, Johnson's Rasselas, Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground, and Francis Parkman Jr.'s The Oregon Trail. This is a TNT book, or a "Team Notes Text." Students write introductions to the authors or the selections, and are provided a unique access code to submit work to the TNT Editors. The editors compile the work into a pdf note pack and email it to all the students who have submitted work. Printed book format, 8x5.5 inches, 550 pp. ISBN 9781935845249. Edited by Martin Camacho Vegas.

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SOFT EVIDENCE

Soft Evidence lets students examine the type of evidence and persuasive devices skilled orators

can offer their audiences. This spoken case involves non-documented data, enthymemic reasoning, and rhetorical devices suitable for the nonce. The text contains twenty-seven famous orations. Speakers include Napoleon, Queen Elizabeth, Frederic Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Plato, Jonathan Edwards, T. Roosevelt, and Twain. This is a TNT book, or a "Team Notes Text." Students write introductions to the authors or the selections, and are provided a unique access code to submit work to the TNT Editors. The editors compile the work into a pdf note pack and email it to all the students who have submitted work. Printed book format, 8x5.5 inches, 150 pp. ISBN 9781935845119. Edited by Anita Renicker Malley.

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PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC

Propositional Logic starts with the nature of the proposition and stops short of a full-fledged treatment of symbolic logic. Main areas of treatment include the Aristotelian Square of Opposition, syllogistic reasoning (categorical, disjunctive, and hypothetical), validity, truth, soundness, presuppositional knowledge, and propositional translation. Famous essays on logic make up the second section of the book. This is a TNT book, or a "Team Notes Text." Students write definitions to logical fallacies and collect examples of fallacies found in everyday media , and are provided a unique access code to submit work to the TNT Editors. The editors compile the work into a pdf note pack and email it to all the students who have submitted work. Printed book format, 8x5.5 inches, 90 pp. ISBN 9781935845256. Written by Jennifer Lynn Guelph.

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THE EXAMINED LIFE LIVED WELL

The Examined Life Lived Well provides unglossed primary material from Plato to Locke. The focus is on having the student first ask central questions of epistemology, axiology, and ontology and then read excerpts of what great minds have concluded on these subjects. This book comes with a CD containing additional texts not found in the book in order to give the student a larger picture of the philosophical and literary landscape from which the author wrote. Also included are a Notes Journal, CDs of extra and extended texts, an access code to the Open Latch TNT Editors, a document pouch,

and custom handouts provided by various instructors using the book. Printed book format, 8.5x11 inches, 318 pp of printed primary texts. ISBN 9781935845263. Edited by Solomon John.

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CITATION & DOCUMENTATION

Citation & Documentation helps students learn to summarize, paraphrase, and quote published academic work. Chapters focus on paraphrasing skills, quotation mechanics, and formal documentation. Both MLA and APA models for in-text citation and bibliographic entries are included. A tear-out research log is provided so that a student can track the progress of his or her research work from the formation of the topic, through the reading stages, note taking, and proposal development, to the final stages of synopsis and arrangement. Optional equipment may include a CD of journal articles illustrating argumentative techniques.Printed book format, 8x5 inches, 350 pp. ISBN 9781935845003. Written by Caesar Gonzalez.

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LATCH JOURNAL

LATCH: A Journal for the Study of the Literary Artifact in Theory, Culture, or History is an academic annual journal publishing scholarly writing that examines how texts both shape and are shaped by the material and ideological currents of their own time. Since texts cannot stand above the constraints and influences of their socio-historical settings, a research emphasis on how and where the nonliterary invades, supports, or illuminates the literary can only enrich the ongoing study of the intertextuality of literature. The LATCH Journal is best accessed online, where pdfs can be downloaded and read free of charge. In order to ensure the archival durability of soft media, one hundred bound copies of each volume will be distributed gratis to contributors, reviewers, and academic libraries across the country. This journal is carried full-text with EBSCO's Humanities International Complete and is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography. The journal itself is indexed in the MLA Journal Directory. To see the LATCH Readers Panel, click here. To see the submissions guidelines, click here. To buy hardbound copies of these books, click here.

 

Volume 1 (2008, open-access pdf)

Volume 2 (2009, open-access pdf)

Volume 3 (2010, open-access pdf)

Volume 4 (2011, open-access pdf)

Volume 5 (2012, open-access pdf)

Volume 6 (2013, open-access pdf)

Volume 7 (2014, open-access pdf)

 

 

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LATCH COLLECTION SERIES

The LATCH Collection Series is a line of hardback, clothbound essay collections published under the direction of various editors. Each volume is focused on an author, a work, a some other unifying element. Some essays from the LATCH Journal will be reprinted in the collection series, but each volume contains substantial portions of  work not already presented in the LATCH Journal. The LATCH Collection Series is best accessed online, where pdfs can be downloaded and read free of charge. In order to ensure the archival durability of soft media, a number of bound copies of each volume will be distributed gratis to contributors, reviewers, and academic libraries across the country. This series is carried full-text with EBSCO's Humanities International Complete and is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography. Click for submission guidelines pdf. Click for LATCH Reader Panel. To buy hardbound copies of these books, please click here.

 

LCS Vol. 1 (2010): Texting Bunyan (Ed. by Ken Simpson) (cover)

LCS Vol. 2 (2010): The Strangeness (By U. Milo Kaufmann) (cover)

LCS Vol. 3 (2012): Freely Given to the Waves: A Collection of Essays on

                            Herman Melville's Moby Dick (Ed. by Ádám Bogár) (cover)

 

 

                                                                                                                                                        

 

 

 

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THE DULIA ET LATRIA JOURNAL

The Dulia et Latria Journal is an occasional journal whose articles investigate events or texts in our culture as they intersect traditions and tenets of historical Western Christianity. The pdfs presented below are the most convenient way to access this work, but in order to ensure the archival durability of soft media, a number of bound copies of each volume will be distributed gratis to contributors, reviewers, and academic libraries across the country. This journal is carried full-text with EBSCO's Humanities International. Click for submission guidelines pdf.To buy hardbound copies of these books, please click here.

 

Volume 1 (Spring 2008, open-access pdf)

Volume 2 (Spring 2009, open-access pdf)

Volume 3 (Spring 2010, open-access pdf)

 

 

 

 

 

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HOW TO TAKE BLURB NOTES

How to Take Blurb Notes is a photo-compilation that helps students learn to harvest possibly pertinent information from academic sources both before and after they form a thesis. The technique advocated here is print oriented (as opposed to digital note taking) and insists on speed, concision, and mobility. Students learn to arrange notes into category sheets and to use the category sheets to find a argumentative voice and argument. Equipment includes a work log, Source-to-Get slips, a To-Be-Sorted Pocket Journal, 2 fine-point pens, 6 sticky-note pads, and 100 Category Sheets. Loose leaf, in a storage box, 11x8.5 inches, approximately 90 pp of instructions. ISBN 9781935845201. Written by P. Blanchart Smith.

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RUDIMENTS OF SPEED READING

Rudiments of Speed Reading is an instruction guide/workbook with practice material designed to help one get to his or her optimal reading speed. This book seeks to instruct the student of when it is appropriate to speed read, how to skim single and double column material, and how to develop sight-recognition and peripheral-sight range. Three types of texts are exemplified, moving from "easy" reading to "mildly challenging" to "very challenging". This book includes speed charts, a practice pledge, a skimming key card, a peripheral-vision practice card, loose-leaf worksheets, and a purchase code that allows the student to request more printed practice material.  Printed book format, 8.5x11 inches, approx. 75 pp of instructions and 225 pages of practice material. ISBN 9781935845294. Written by Dallas Juarez-Hall Jr.

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RAVEN AND BROOK WORKBOOKS

Raven and Brook Workbooks are workbooks instructors can order customized for their classes. Each Raven and Brook Workbook receives its own ISBN and price. Please click on the appropriate number below to purchase the material.

Raven and Brook Workbook No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8, No. 9       

 

 

 

 

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"PAY ATTENTION READERS"

"Pay Attention Readers" are books designed to provide the reader with reading checks. Each copy of a book has a unique set of doubled words spread throughout the text of the book. The student is asked to copy these doubled words when he or she encounters them in the process of reading. Scratch-off keys are provided so that student peers can grade other students' work. Each quiz covers around 20 pages of text and are bound to the book in such a fashion that the student can quickly remove the quizzes to have them checked and to turn them in to the instructor. Printed book format, 8.5x11inches, approximately 100 pages per book. Please click on the appropriate title to go to a Buy Now button for the product.

Rasselas, by Samuel Johnson (cover is featured here)

History of Plymouth Plantation, by William Bradford

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

Dracula, by Bram Stoker

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, by John Bunyan

Utopia, by Thomas More

Notes from Underground, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

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MINOR WORKS FROM BRITISH

LITERATURE, TO 1700

Minor Works from British Literature, to 1700 is a compilation of quality but little-studied works from British Literature. Selections include excerpts from the Cell of Self Knowledge group, Alain of Lille's The Complaint of Nature, The Life of Christina of Markyate, Anselm's Ontological Argument, Chaucer's Book of the Duchess, Margery Kempe's Book of Margery Kempe, Thomas More's Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation, Francis Bacon's New Atlantis, William Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation, John Locke's Inquiry into Human Understanding, John Milton's Ready and Easy Way, John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, and James Boswell's Journey into the Hebridies. Printed book format, 8.5x11 inches, approx. 225 pages. Includes a CD with complete versions of most selections. ISBN 9781935845324. Edited by Roman North Trueman

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