The Basics: A Rhetoric and Handbook with Catalyst access card / Edition 4

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A clear, non-technical discussion of grammar and outstanding coverage of the writing process make The Basics a complete brief rhetoric as well as an exceptional reference tool. One of the few brief handbooks with integrated exercises, The Basics helps students successfully transfer what they learn to their own writing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072938623
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/7/2004
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Santi V. Buscemi is professor of English and chair of the Department of English at Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, where he teaches reading and writing. He received his B.A. from St. Bonaventure University, and completed studies for the doctorate at the University of Tennessee. He is the author of A READER FOR DEVELOPING WRITERS (McGraw-Hill), now in its third edition; AN ESL WORKBOOK (McGraw-Hill); and coauthor with Charlotte Smith of 75 READINGS PLUS (McGraw-Hill). He is also chief author of McGraw-Hill's ALLWRITE!, an interactive computer software program in rhetoric, grammar, and research.

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Table of Contents

To the Instructor
To the Student
Ch. 1 Learning the Writing Process 5
Ch. 2 Gathering Information 10
Ch. 3 Focusing on the Central Idea 20
Ch. 4 Outlining and Drafting an Essay 29
Ch. 5 Rewriting Drafts 37
Ch. 6 Preparing a Final Copy 43
Ch. 7 Writing Focused, Unified, and Coherent Paragraphs 51
Ch. 8 Developing Ideas and Arranging Details in a Paragraph 69
Ch. 9 Writing Introductions and Conclusions 86
Ch. 10 Writing Paragraphs and Essays That Persuade 99
Ch. 11 Learning about the Library 113
Ch. 12 Writing the Library Paper 124
Ch. 13 Sentence Building Blocks 159
Ch. 14 Sentence Structure 181
Ch. 15 Sentence Logic and Effectiveness 198
Ch. 16 Agreement 213
Ch. 17 Verb Forms and Tenses 229
Ch. 18 Pronouns 251
Ch. 19 Adjectives and Adverbs 266
Ch. 20 Word Choice 282
Ch. 21 Wordiness 302
Ch. 22 End Punctuation 315
Ch. 23 Commas 320
Ch. 24 Semicolons and Colons 332
Ch. 25 Other Punctuation Marks 341
Ch. 26 Spelling 350
Ch. 27 Mechanics 364
Appendix Writing a Library Paper Using the American Psychological Association (APA) Format 373
Credits 384
Index 385
1995 MLA Documentation Style Update of Electronic Databases 400
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