Exploratory Writing Chapter Summary

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The purpose of Chapter Seven of The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing by Ramage, Bean, and Johnson was to inform college freshmen about exploratory writing and annotated bibliographies. The text defines exploratory writing as an account of the writer’s thinking process during their research, and annotated bibliographies as a summarization and short critique of their sources. Next, the authors show that in exploratory writing, the writer must consider multiple points of view, avoid reaching conclusions very quickly, and examine specific examples in their research. They then state that writers can combine open and closed form writing. Finally, the authors describe annotated bibliographies. The importance of taking quality notes is stressed in this

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