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This brief handbook offers the most focus on the writing process. The entire book is also available on the Internet, where it is fully searchable and customizable.

This writing handbook focuses on the writing process, the research process, document design, clarity, punctuation, grammar, and documentation.

This is a perfect reference for anyone wanting to produce effective written communications.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131586338
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 4/13/2007
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I The Writing Process 1
1 An Overview of the Writing Process 3
2 Planning 9
3 Inventing and Discovering 17
4 Journal Writing 22
5 Researching 27
6 Recounting Experience 29
7 Explaining Things 36
8 Interpreting Texts 45
9 Arguing Positions 52
10 Revising 62
11 Editing 70
Pt. II Editing for Effectiveness 73
12 Openings and Conclusions 75
13 Paragraphs 81
14 Sentence Structure 87
15 Sentence Emphasis and Variety 97
16 Sentence Vitality 103
17 Concise Writing 110
18 Word Choice 115
19 Unbaised Language 124
20 Glossary of Usage 130
Pt. III Editing Grammar 147
21 Correcting Comma Splices and Fused Sentences 149
22 Eliminating Sentence Fragments 155
23 Selecting Correct Verbs 161
24 Maintaining Subject-Verb Agreement 176
25 Choosing Pronouns 186
26 Using Adjectives and Adverbs 200
27 Positioning Modifiers 207
28 Eliminating Unnecessary Shifts and Mixed Constructions 211
29 Grammar Review 217
Pt. IV Editing Punctuation 241
30 End Punctuation 243
31 Commas 246
32 Semicolons 257
33 Colons 258
34 Apostrophes 261
35 Quotation Marks 265
36 Other Punctuation 272
Pt. V Editing Mechanics 279
37 Spelling 281
38 Capitalization 290
39 Hyphens 296
40 Italics 299
41 Numbers 301
42 Abbreviations 304
43 Document Preparation 308
Pt. VI The Research Process 317
44 Managing the Research Process 319
45 Conducting Research 325
46 Using Sources 338
47 MLA Documentation 347
48 APA Documentation 375
49 Other Documentation Styles 394
ESL Index 405
Index 407
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