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Overview

This compact, portable, no-nonsense, non-threatening reference for writers offers concise—yet thorough—coverage of all writing issues, with material organized around the stages of the writing process. It devotes as much time to the whys of writing (the emphasis on rhetoric) as the hows (grammar, spelling, punctuation handbook), since writers who know why they are doing something are more likely to slow down and master it. Examines the different but overlapping stages of writing—planning, drafting, researching, revising, and editing. Addresses rhetorical issues of audience, purpose and voice as well as the more technical issues of style, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics, emphasizing the actual choices that writers make rather than arbitrary rules. For anyone who wants to improve their writing skills.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130285683
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 4.52 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

A WRITER'S QUESTIONS.

1. What Is the Purpose?
2. Who Is the Audience?
3. What Is the Situation?
4. Finding Your Voice.
5. Learning a Process.

WRITING TO DISCOVER.

6. Freewriting to Find Ideas.
7. Journal Writing to Explore Ideas.
8. Clustering to See Ideas.
9. Outlining to Organize Ideas.
10. Asking Reporter's Questions to Test Ideas.

WRITING COLLEGE PAPERS.

11. Finding Direction in Academic Papers.
12. Making Claims in Academic Papers.
13. Using Evidence in Academic Writing.
14. Guidelines for Revision.
15. Experiments with Revision.

EDITING FOR CLARITY.

16. Effective Paragraphs.
17. Strong Openings.
18. Thoughtful Closings.
19. Sentence Variety.
20. Concise Sentences.
21. Strong Verbs.
22. Specific Nouns and Modifiers.
23. The Right Word.
24. Unbiased Language.

EDITING FOR GRAMMAR.

25. Using Verbs Correctly.
26. Subject-Verb Agreement.
27. Pronouns.
28. Using Adjectives and Adverbs.
29. Positioning Modifiers.
30. Eliminating Sentence Fragments.
31. Eliminating Run-On Sentences and Comma Splices.
32. English as a Second Language (ESL).

EDITING FOR PUNCTUATION.

33. Commas.
34. Semicolons.
35. Colons.
36. Apostrophes.
37. Quotation Marks.
38. Other Punctuation Marks.

STANDARDS WRITING (PROSE) CONVENTIONS.

39. Spelling.
40. Capitalization.
41. Hyphens.
42. Italics.
43. Numbers.
44. Abbreviations.
45. Document Preparation.

RESEARCH WRITING.

46. Library Research.
47. Internet Research.
48. Field Research.
49. Evaluating Research Sources.
50. Using Research Sources.
51. Avoiding Plagiarism.

MLA DOCUMENTATION.

52. Guidelines for Formatting Manuscripts.
53. Guidelines for In-Text Citations.
54. Sample First Page MLA Style.
55. Guidelines for the MLA Works Cited Page.
56. Sample Works Cited Page MLA Style.

APA DOCUMENTATION.

57. Guidelines for Formatting Manuscripts.
58. Guidelines for In-Text Citations.
59. Sample Pages APA Style.
60. Guidelines for the APA Reference Page.
61. Sample Reference Page APA Style.

CHICAGO MANUAL STYLE OF DOCUMENTATION.

62. Guidelines for Formatting Manuscripts.
63. Guidelines for In-Text Citations.
64. Guidelines For Endnote/Footnote Citation.
65. Sample Endnote/Footnote Pages CMS Style.

WRITING FOR WORK.

66. Business Letters.
67. Résumés.
Glossary of Usage.
Glossary of Grammatical Terms.
Index.
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Introduction

How to Use the Pocket Handbook

The Pocket Reference for Writers, Second Edition, has been carefully crafted to save you time when you need answers. Keep this handbook near you when you are writing. When you have a question, use the following tools to help you find what you need.

The detailed Contents (beginning on the inside front cover) lists the specific topics covered in each chapter.

The colored sections on the outer edge of the pages provide a quick reference to the various documentation styles: MLA (first), APA (second), CM (third).

The complete index in the back of the handbook lists, in alphabetical order, all the subjects covered in the book. The index is most useful when you know the name of the term for which you are searching.

The Pocket Reference for Writers, Second Edition, contains two glossaries placed before the index. They reference the following material:

  • The Glossary of Usage explains the differences between commonly confused words.
  • The Glossary of Grammatical Terms provides clear explanations of technical grammatical terms, from pronouns to present tense and past participle.

Want interactive practice exercises? Visit the Web site prenhall.com/ipractice for interactive, self-graded exercises on grammar, style, and punctuation as well as useful Web links and additional online resources.

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