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Ideal for reference in the classroom or office, this brief and easy-to-navigate handbook puts clear and concise grammar, style, mechanics, and punctuation information, as well as strategies for writing paragraphs and essays, conducting research, and documenting sources at your fingertips.
PART I: GRAMMAR. 1. Sentence Essentials. 2. Sentence Fragments. 3. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences. 4. Verbs. 5. Pronouns. 6. Modifiers. Part II: EFFECTIVE SENTENCES. 7. Sentence Unity. 8. Subordination and Coordination. 9. Parallelism. 10. Emphasis. 11. Variety. Part III: EFFECTIVE LANGUAGE. 12. Good Usage. 13. Precise Word Choice. 14. Conciseness. PART IV: PUNCTUATION. 15. The Comma. 16. The Semicolon and the Colon. 17. The Apostrophe. 18. Quotation Marks. 19. The Period and Other Punctuation. Part V: MECHANICS. 20. Spelling, the Spell Checker, and Hyphenation. 21. Capitals. 22. Italics. 23. Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Numbers. Part VI: WRITING. 24. Writing and Reading Rhetorically. 25. Planning and Drafting Essays. 26. Revising and Editing Essays. 27. Using Visuals. 28. Writing Arguments. 29. Writing in Business. PART VII: RESEARCH. 30. Finding Sources Online, in Print, and in the Field. 31. Evaluating Print and Online Sources. 32. Using Sources Effectively and Responsibly. Part VIII: DOCUMENTATION. 33. MLA Documentation. 34. APA Documentation. 35. CMS Documentation. 36. CSE Documentation. Glossary of Usage.