Decisions: A Writer's Handbook / Edition 2

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Based on the highly-successful Allyn and Bacon Handbook, Decisions is a brief, spiral bound handbook that emphasizes writing as a decision process. Often writers need to hone their critical thinking skills in order to become more effective writers. This book makes the task a little less daunting.

readers will be introduced to effective reading, writing, and critical thinking skills as they review the basic decisions involved in basic sentence construction. Sample essays provide useful examples to follow, and a complete section on technology provides guidelines for using electronic sources like CD-ROMs and the Internet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205339358
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 8/14/2001
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing.

2. Planning, Writing, and Revising a Draft.

3. Developing the Paragraph and the Paper.


4. Researching Print and Electronic Sources.

5. Using Sources.

6. Writing the Research Paper.

7. Documenting the Research Paper.


8. Writing and Arguing in the Disciplines.

9. Writing in a Business Environment.

10. Writing for the Web.

11. Writing About Literature.

12. Manuscript Form and Document Design.


13. Constructing Sentences.

14. Correcting Sentence Fragments.

15. Correcting Comma Splices and Fused Sentences.

16. Using Verbs.

17. Correcting Errors in Subject-Verb Agreement.

18. Using Adjectives and Adverbs.

19. Correcting Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers.

20. Using Nouns and Pronouns.

21. Correcting Errors in Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement and Reference.

22. Correcting Errors in Consistency.

23. Correcting Faulty Parallelism.


24. Being Clear, Concise and Direct.

25. Building Emphasis with Coordination and Subordination.

26. Choosing the Right Word.


27. Using End Punctuation.

28. Using Commas.

29. Using Semicolons.

30. Using Apostrophes.

31. Using Quotation Marks.

32. Using Other Marks.


33. Using Capitals.

34. Using Italics.

35. Using Abbreviations.

36. Using Numbers in Writing.

37. Using Hyphens.

38. Making SpellingDecisions.


39. English Nouns, Pronouns, and Articles.

40. English Verbs.

41. Modifiers and Connectors.


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