The Facts on File Guide to Good Writing

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Manser is a reference book writer and editor based in England, and the author of five Facts on File books. Designed for both students and professionals, his reference text addresses both the four stages of the writing process—thinking and researching, planning, writing, and revising—and writing fundamentals—grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation. The text also includes information about additional reference tools to help with problems of grammar and vocabulary, and a glossary of grammatical terms. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Walter Hogan
This handbook will be a useful addition to the high school library, where it will be consulted by teachers as well as students. The writing guide is divided into two parts, "The Writing Process" and "Writing Fundamentals." The order of topics reflects a practical approach in which thinking, researching, and planning precede writing, and then getting one's thoughts down precedes revision. The first section is especially helpful, because most competing guidebooks do not give as much attention to such pre-writing processes as planning, critical thinking, and developing a consistent authorial voice. The second part, "Writing Fundamentals," is less valuable because it addresses rules and techniques that are better covered in the many available handbooks on grammar, usage, style, and editing. Nearly one-third of the book is devoted to a section on "words often confused." Some of these word pairings are, indeed, often confused and misused, such as affect/effect and complement/compliment. Many, however, are simply homophones (rapt/wrapped, rain/reign/rein, to/too/two) or words that few high schoolers would employ (salubrious/salutary). Only minor attention is given to computerized word processing. A glossary of grammatical terms, a section on reference resources, and index are included. Although a useful acquisition for high school, college, and public library collections, it is not recommended for individual purchase. All high school students would do well to acquire a personal copy of either of the following exceptional and lower-priced guides to research and writing in the humanities and social sciences: Making Sense: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing, updated 4th ed. (OxfordUniversity Press, 2005) or the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th ed. (MLA, 2003). The former emphasizes general principles and preparation, whereas the latter is strongest on rules for research papers, yet both provide valuable information on many aspects of writing and research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816055265
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: Writer's Reference Library
  • Pages: 400
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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