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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: 9780130452979
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 4.64 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents


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


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.


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.


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.


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).


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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