LB Brief, MLA Update Edition / Edition 3

LB Brief, MLA Update Edition / Edition 3

by Jane E. Aaron
     
 

LB Brief provides students of varying skills and interests with clear, reliable, and accessible explanations of handbook basics–the writing process, grammar and usage, and research writing. Concise and easy to use it focuses on 3 main emphases: writing in and out of college, visual literacy, and research writing. LB Brief helps writing students find what

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LB Brief provides students of varying skills and interests with clear, reliable, and accessible explanations of handbook basics–the writing process, grammar and usage, and research writing. Concise and easy to use it focuses on 3 main emphases: writing in and out of college, visual literacy, and research writing. LB Brief helps writing students find what they need and then use what they find.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205745272
Publisher:
Longman
Publication date:
06/24/2009
Series:
English MLA Updated Books Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Table of Contents

PART ONE: WRITING PROCESS

1 The Writing Situation

a Analysis

b Subject

c Audience

d Purpose

2 Invention

a Journal keeping

b Observing

c Freewriting

d Brainstorming

e Clustering

f Asking questions

g Reading

3 Thesis and Organization

a Thesis statement

b Organization

Sample Essay

4 Drafting

a Starting

b Maintaining momentum

c Sample First Draft

5 Revising and Editing

a Revising the whole essay

b Sample revision

c Editing

d Formatting; proofreading

e Sample Final Draft

f Collaborating

g Preparing a writing portfolio

6 Paragraphs

a Unity around a central idea

b Coherence

c Development

d Introductions and conclusions

e Linking paragraphs

7 Document Design

a Academic papers

b Principles of design

c Elements of design

d Illustrations

e Papers submitted online

f Readers with disabilities

PART TWO: WRITING IN AND OUT OF COLLEGE

8 Academic Writing

a Academic habits

b Audience

c Purpose

d Structure and content

e Language

9 Study Skills

a Time management

b Listening and note taking in class

c Reading

d Exams

Sample Essay Exams

10 Critical Reading and Writing

a Critical reading

b Critically viewing images

c Critical writing

Sample Critique of a Text

11 Writing Arguments

a Elements of argument

b Writing reasonably

c Organizing an argument

d Sample Argument

12 Reading and Writing About Literature

a Writing while reading

b Critical reading

c Sample Works and Papers

13 Public Writing

a Business letters and résumés

Sample Letter and Résumés

b Memos

Sample Memo

c Electronic mail

Sample E-mail Message

d Community work

Sample Newsletter and Brochure

e Web composition

Sample Web Page

14 Oral Presentations

a Purpose and audience

b Organization

c Delivery

Sample Powerpoint Slides

PART THREE: CLARITY AND STYLE

15 Emphasis

a Subjects and verbs

b Sentence beginnings and endings

c Coordination

d Subordination

16 Parallelism

a With and, but, or, nor, yet

b With both . . . and, etc.

c In comparisons

d In lists, headings, and outlines

17 Variety and Details

a Sentence length

b Sentence structure

c Details

18 Appropriate and Exact Words

a Appropriate words

b Exact words

19 Completeness

a Compounds

b Needed words

20 Conciseness

a Focusing on subject and verb

b Cutting empty words

c Cutting repetition

d Tightening clauses and phrases

e Cutting there is or it is

f Combining sentences

g Avoiding jargon

PART FOUR: SENTENCE PARTS AND PATTERNS

Basic grammar

21 Parts of Speech

a Nouns

b Pronouns

c Verbs

d Adjectives and adverbs

e Prepositions and conjunctions

f Interjections

22 The Sentence

a Subject and predicate

b Predicate patterns

c Alternative patterns

23 Phrases and Subordinate Clauses

a Phrases

b Subordinate clauses

24 Sentence Types

a Simple sentences

b Compound sentences

c Complex sentences

d Compound-complex sentences

Verbs

25 Forms

a Irregular verbs

b Sit/set; lie/lay; rise/raise

c -s and -ed forms

d Helping verbs

e Verb + gerund or infinitive

f Verb + particle

26 Tense

a Present tense: sing

b Perfect tense: have/had/will have sung

c Progressive tense: is/was/will be singing

d Consistency

e Sequence

27 Mood

a Subjunctive: I wish I were

b Consistency

28 Voice

a Active vs. passive

b Consistency

29 Subject-Verb Agreement

a -s and -es endings

b Intervening words

c Subjects with and

d Subjects with or or nor

e Everyone and other indefinite pronouns

f Team and other collective nouns

g Who, which, that

h News and other singular nouns ending in -s

i Inverted word order

j Is, are, and other linking verbs

k Titles; words being defined

Pronouns

30 Case

a She and I vs. her and me

b It was she vs. It was her

c Who vs. whom

d Other constructions

31 Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

a Antecedents with and

b Antecedents with or or nor

c Everyone, person, and other indefinite words

d Team and other collective nouns

32 Pronoun Reference

a Clear reference

b Close reference

c Specific reference

d Definite it and they

e Appropriate you

f Consistency

Modifiers

33 Adjectives and Adverbs

a Adjective vs. adverb

b Adjective with linking verb: felt bad

c Comparisons

d Double negatives

e Present and past participles: boring vs. bored

f A, an, the, and other determiners

34 Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

a Misplaced modifiers

b Dangling modifiers

Sentence Faults

35 Sentence Fragments

a Tests

b Revision

c Acceptable fragments

36 Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

a Main clauses without and, but, etc.

b Main clauses with however, for example, etc.

37 Mixed Sentences

a Mixed meaning

b Tangled grammar

c Repeated subjects and other parts

PART FIVE: PUNCTUATION

38 End Punctuation

a Period

b Question mark

c Exclamation point

39 Comma

a Main clauses with and, but, etc.

b Introductory elements

c Nonessential elements

d Items in series

e Two or more adjectives

f Dates, addresses, etc.

g With quotations

h Misuses

40 Semicolon

a Main clauses without and, but, etc.

b Main clauses with however, for example, etc.

c Main clauses or series items with commas

d Misuses

41 Colon

a Concluding explanation, series, etc.

b Salutation; title and subtitle; time

c Misuses

42 Apostrophe

a Possession

b Misuses

c Contractions

d Plural abbreviations, etc.

43 Quotation Marks

a Direct quotations

b Within quotations

c Titles of works

d Words used in a special sense

e Misuses

f With other punctuation

44 Other Marks

a Dash or dashes

b Parentheses

c Ellipsis mark

d Brackets

e Slash

PART SIX: SPELLING AND MECHANICS

45 Spelling

46 Hyphen

47 Capital Letters

48 Underlining or Italics

49 Abbreviations

50 Numbers

PART SEVEN: RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION

51 Research Strategy

a Planning

b Research journal

c Subject and question

d Goals for sources

e Working, annotated bibliography

52 Finding Sources

a Searching electronically

b Reference works

c Books

d Periodicals

e The Web

f Other online sources

g Government publications

h Images

i Your own sources

53 Working with Sources

a Evaluating sources

b Synthesizing sources

c Gathering information

d Using summary, paraphrase, quotation

e Integrating sources into your text

54 Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sources

a Plagiarism and the Internet

b What not to acknowledge

c What must be acknowledged

d Online sources

e Documenting sources

55 Writing the Paper

a Focusing and organizing

b Drafting, revising, and formatting

56 MLA Documentation and Format

a Parenthetical text citations

b List of works cited

c Format of paper

d SAMPLE MLA PAPER

57 APA Documentation and Format

a Parenthetical text citations

b List of references

c Format of paper

d SAMPLE APA PAPER

Glossary of Usage

Answers to Selected Exercises

Index

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