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One of the best ways to excel in your writing course is by using THE BRIEF THOMSON HANDBOOK. Whatever your writing assignment, THE BRIEF THOMSON HANDBOOK gives you the answers and help you need to succeed. And best of all, this information is right at your fingertips thanks to the handbook's easy-to-access format, which you'll find as visually interesting and easy to navigate as your favorite website! Whether you need grammar help, or information on drafting and shaping content, developing paragraphs, researching online, citing sources, using visuals, writing on the Web, and so much more, this is the handbook that will get you there!

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"The visually engaging, creative interface will have students reading it before you've even assigned it."

"If we want to be successful in the classroom in the 21st century—this is it."

"The authors' overall vision is quite compelling in its presentation of writing as a thinking process and emphasizing, explaining, illustrating, and preparing students to use various writing/thinking contexts. It's an organic view of writing, not a mechanistic one."

"[This is] an extremely readable, innovative text blending modern ideas and classical rhetoric, a text obviously prepared by veteran teachers."

"[The] graphics are very eye-catching and appealing. They make you want to read the text and examples. They interest you and pull you into the text. They relate well to the examples being shown. The arrows show you exactly what you are looking at and describing it looks very useful…I could see and understand where everything was coming from. It was very refreshing compared to a normal textbook."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413010169
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Blakesley is the Campbell Chair in Technical Communication and Professor of English at Clemson University. Previously, he was a Professor of English and Director of Professional Writing at Purdue University. In 2002, he also founded Parlor Press, a scholarly publishing company that has already published some 35 titles and is growing rapidly. Dave's teaching and research interests are in the areas of digital and multimedia publishing, visual rhetoric, modern rhetorical theory, and technical communication.

Jeff Hoogeveen is a professor and the Director of the Composition Program at Lincoln University. He teaches composition, advanced writing and film courses.

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Table of Contents

PART I: MANAGING YOUR WRITING. 1. Writing and Rhetoric in Context. 2. Inventing and Developing Content. 3. Revising, Editing, and Proofreading. PART II: READING AND WRITING CRITICALLY. 4. Reading Critically. 5. Reading Literature Critically. 6. Reading Images Critically. 7. Writing Arguments. 8. Writing for Business and the Workplace. PART III: CONDUCTING RESEARCH. 9. Conceptualizing the Research Project. 10. Online Research. 11. Library and Field Research. 12. Using Source Ethically. PART IV: MLA STYLE. 13. MLA Documentation. PART V: APA, CMS, CSE, AND CGOS STYLES. 14. APA Documentation. 15. CMS Documentation. 16. CSE Documentation. 17. CGOS Documentation. PART VI: DESIGNING AND PRESENTING INFORMATION. 18. Using Visuals to Inform and Persuade. 19. Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design for Writers. 20. Designing Interactive Oral Presentations. PART VII: WRITING IN DIGITAL SPACES. 21. Networking with Others on the Web. 22. Writing and Rhetoric on the Web. 23. Designing Websites and Multimedia Projects. PART VIII: MAKING CHOICES ABOUT STYLE. 24. Sentences in Context. 25. Parallelism. 26. Coordination and Subordination. 27. Conciseness, Variety, and Emphasis. 28. Effective Word Use. 29. Language and Diverse Audiences. PART IX: UNDERSTANDING AND REVISING SENTENCES. 30. Parts of Speech and Sentence Structure. 31. Fragments. 32. Run-Ons and Comma Splices. 33. Pronouns. 34. Verbs. 35. Subject-Verb Agreement. 36. Adjectives, Adverbs, and Modifying Phrases. PART X: PUNCTUATING WITH PURPOSE. 37. End Punctuation. 38. Commas. 39. Semicolons. 40. Colons. 41. Apostrophes. 42. Quotation Marks. 43. Other Punctuation Marks. PART XI: UNDERSTANDING MECHANICS. 44. Capitalization and Italics. 45. Abbreviations and Numbers. 46. Spelling and Hyphens. PART XII: GRAMMAR FOR MULTILINGUAL WRITERS. 47. ESL Writing for Academic Purposes. 48. Nouns and Articles. 49. Verbs and Verbals. 50. English Sentence Structure. Glossary. Index.

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