QA Compact: Quick Access / Edition 1

QA Compact: Quick Access / Edition 1

by Lynn Q. Troyka, Doug Hesse

ISBN-10: 0131889567

ISBN-13: 9780131889569

Pub. Date: 03/07/2006

Publisher: Prentice Hall

QA Compact is a new first edition, value-priced handbook from trusted authors Lynn Troyka and Doug Hesse. Brief and spiral-bound, it features a two-color design, includes four select tabs, and exercises. QA Compact is accompanied by a PDF eBook and additional exercises on the Web.

The Troyka/Hesse family of handbooks provides the most balanced coverage of writing

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QA Compact is a new first edition, value-priced handbook from trusted authors Lynn Troyka and Doug Hesse. Brief and spiral-bound, it features a two-color design, includes four select tabs, and exercises. QA Compact is accompanied by a PDF eBook and additional exercises on the Web.

The Troyka/Hesse family of handbooks provides the most balanced coverage of writing process, grammar, research, and topics important to today’s students. Both respected teachers and authors, Troyka and Hesse give practical advice to students about the writing they will do in composition courses, in other classes, and in the world beyond. Offering instructors a full range of choices in handbooks, the Troyka/Hesse family of handbooks is available in a variety of formats, also including web-based and customized, so instructors can select the handbook that best fits their course needs.

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Table of Contents


1. Thinking About Purposes, Audiences and Technologies

1a Writing defined

1b Purposes for writing

1c Audiences for writing

1d Sources for writing

2. Planning and Shaping

2a The writing process

2b The writing situation

2c Thinking of topics

2d Thinking of ideas

2e Idea logs and journals

2f Freewriting

2g Brainstorming

2h Mapping

2i Searching the Internet

2j Shaping

2k Levels of generality

2l Subject tree

2m Thesis statement

2n Outlining

3. Drafting and Revising

3a Drafting

3b Writer’s block

3c Revising

3d Editing

3e Proofreading

3f Student essay, 3 drafts

4. Writing Paragraphs

4a Paragraph defined

4b Introductory paragraphs

4c Body paragraphs

4d Paragraph unity

4e Topic sentences

4f Developing body paragraphs

4g Coherent paragraphs

4h Arrange paragraphs

4i Rhetoric strategies

4j Transitional paragraphs

4k Concluding paragraphs

5. Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing

5a Critical thinking defined

5b Using critical thinking

5c The reading process

5d Using critical reading

5e Summary and synthesis

5f Critical responses

5g Logical fallacies

6. Writing Arguments

6a Written argument defined

6b Choosing a topic

6c Assertion and thesis statement

6d Source-based writing

6e Classical argument

6f Toulmin model

6g Audience for argument

6h Reasoning effectively

6i Tone

6j Opposing arguments

6k Drafting and revising

6l Student argument essay

7. Parts of Speech and Sentence Structures

Parts of speech

7a Nouns

7b Pronouns

7c Verbs

7d Verbals

7e Adjectives

7f Adverbs

7g Prepositions

7h Conjunctions

7i Interjections

Sentence structures

7j Subjects and predicates

7k Direct and indirect objects

7l Complements, modifiers and appositives

7m Phrases

7n Clauses

7o Sentence types

8. Verbs

8a Verbs defined

Verb forms

8b Main verbs

8c -s and -es forms

8d Regular and irregular verbs

8e Auxiliary verbs

8f Intransitive and transitive

Verb tense

8g Verb tense defined

8h Simple present

8i Perfect tenses

8j Progressive forms

8k Tense sequences


8l Mood defined

8m Subjunctive forms


8n Voice defined

8o Active voice

8p Passive voice

9. Pronoun Case and Reference

Pronoun case

9a Case defined

9b Personal pronouns

9c Objective, subjective

9d and between subjects

9e With appositives

9f After linking verbs

9g who, whoever, whom, whomever

9h than, as

9i With infinitives

9j With -ing words

9k For -self pronouns

Pronoun reference

9l Pronoun reference defined.

9m Clear pronoun reference

9n Unclear pronoun reference

9o With it, that, this, which

9p Using they and it

9q Using it suitably

9r Using you

9s Using that, which, who

10. Agreement

Subject-verb agreement

10a S-V agreement defined

10b Final -s or -es

10c Between subject and verb

10d and between subjects

10e With each and every

10f or between subjects

10g Inverted word order

10h Indefinite pronouns

10i With collective nouns

10j Linking verbs

10k who, which, that

10l Amounts, special nouns

10m Titles, words

Pronoun-antecedent agreement

10n P-A agreement defined

10o and with antecedents

10p or with antecedents

10q Indefinite pronouns

10r Nonsexist pronouns

10s With collective nouns

11. Adjectives and Adverbs

11a Differences between

11b Adverbs as modifiers

11c Double negatives

11d Effect of linking verbs

11e Comparatives and superlatives

11f String of modifiers

12. Sentence Fragments

12a Sentence fragment defined

12b Recognizing

12c Correcting

12d With compound predicate

12e Two special problems

12f Intentional fragments

13. Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

13a Defining cs and run-ons

13b Recognizing

13c Correcting
13d Using transitions

14. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

Misplaced modifiers

14a Misplaced modifiers defined

14b Split infinitives

14c Splits in sentences

Dangling modifiers

14d Dangling modifiers defined

15. Shifting and Mixed Sentences

Shifting sentences

15a Shifting defined

15b Person and number

15c Subject and voice

15d Tense and mood

15e Indirect, direct discourse

Mixed sentences

15f Mixed sentence defined

15g Faulty predication

15h Elliptical constructions

15i Comparisons

16. Conciseness

16a Conciseness defined

16b Common expressions

16c Sentence structures

16d Revising for conciseness

16e Concise verbs

17. Coordination and Subordination


17a Coordination defined

17b Coordinate structure

17c Coordinating conjunctions

17d Misusing


17e Subordination defined

17f Subordinate structures

17g Subordinating conjunctions

17h Misusing

17i Using both coordination and subordination

18. Parallelism, Variety, and Emphasis

18a Parallelism defined

18b Balanced sentences

18c Words, phrases, clauses

18d Impact of parallelism

18e Faulty parallelism

18f Variety and emphasis defined

18g Varying sentence length

18h Questions, commands

18i Adding modifiers

18j Repetition for emphasis

18k Other techniques

19. Usage Glossary

20. The Impact of Words

20a American English

20b Levels of formality

20c Edited American English

20d Figurative language

20e Exact diction

20f Specific words

20g Gender-neutral language

20h Language to avoid

20i Clichés

20j Jargon

20k Euphemisms

20l Bureaucratic language

21. Spelling

21a Good speller defined

21b Proofreading for errors

21c Plurals spelled

21d Suffixes spelled

21e ie, ei rule

21f Homonyms, confused words

21g Compound words

22. Periods, Question Marks and Exclamation Points


22a End of sentence

22b Abbreviations

Question marks

22c Using question marks

22d Parentheses

Exclamation points

22e Using exclamation points

22f Overuse

23. Commas

23a Role of commas

23b Coordinating conjunctions

23c Introductory elements

23d Items in a series

23e Coordinate adjectives

23f Nonrestrictive elements

23g Parenthetical expressions, etc

23h Quoted words

23i Dates, names, etc

23j To clarify meaning

23k Misusing commas

23l Avoiding comma errors

24. Semicolons

24a Uses of semicolons

24b With independent clauses

24c Semicolons and commas

24d Coordinating conjunctions

24e Items in a series

24f Misusing

25. Colons

25a Uses of colons

25b Standard formats

25c Independent clauses

25d Standard formats

25e Misusing

26. Apostrophes

26a Role of apostrophes

26b For possession

26c Possessive pronouns

26d Contractions

26e Indefinite pronouns

26f Miscellaneous elements

26g Misusing

27. Quotation Marks

27a Role of quotation marks

27b Short direct quotations

27c Long quotations

27d Quotations in quotations

27e Quoting poetry, dialogue

27f Titles in quotations

27g Words as words

27h With other punctuation

27i Misusing

28. Other Punctuation Marks

28a Using a dash

28b Using parentheses

28c Using brackets

28d Using ellipsis points

28e Using the slash


28f Role of the hyphen

28g End of a line

28h Prefixes, suffixes

28i In compound words

29. Capitals, Italics, Abbreviations, and Numbers


29a First words

29b Listed items

29c Sentences in parentheses

29d Quotations

29e Nouns, adjectives


29f Role of italics

29g Versus quotation marks

29h Special emphasis


29i In standard practice

29j Months, time, eras, symbols

29k Other elements

29l Using etc.


29m Spelled-out numbers

29n Standard practices

29o Hyphens with numbers


30. Research Writing as a Process.

30a Research writing defined

30b Research topics

30c Research questions

30d Schedule

30e Research log

30f Documentation styles

30g Working bibliography

30h Thesis statement

30i Outlining

30j Draft, revise

31. Finding and Evaluating Sources

31a Source defined

31b Search strategy

31c Finding sources

31d Finding books

31e Finding periodicals

31f Using reference works

31g Missing library sources

31h Government documents

31i Field research

31j Evaluating sources

32. Using Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

32a Using sources well

32b Plagiarism defined

32c Avoiding plagiarism

32d Plagiarism and the Internet

32e Don’t document

32f Must document

32g Integrating sources

32h Using quotations

32i Writing paraphrases

32j Writing summaries

32k Verbs in writing

33. MLA Documentation with Case Study

33a MLA style defined

33b MLA parentheticals

33c MLA guidelines for parentheticals

33d MLA Works Cited

33e Student MLA research paper

34. APA Documentation with Case Study

34a APA style defined

34b APA parentheticals

34c APA guidelines for parentheticals

34d APA guidelines for abstracts

34e APA content notes

34f APA References list

34g APA formatting

34h Student APA research paper

35. Effective Print Document Design

35a Document design defined

35b Principles of design

35c Page layout

35d Formatting text

35e Using visuals



36. Writing About Literature

36a Literature defined

36b Interpreting literature

36c Inquiring into literature

36d Special rules

36e Sample student essay

37. Writing in the Social Sciences

Social sciences

37a Gathering information

37b Purposes, practices

37c Documentation styles

38. Special Writing

38a Business writing

38b Preparing for essay exams


39. Singulars and Plurals

39a Count, noncount nouns

39b Determiners

39c Miscellaneous uses

40. Articles

40a Singular count nouns

40b Plural with noncount nouns

40c Proper nouns, gerunds

41. Word Order

41a Standard and inverted

41b Adjective placement

41c Adverb placement

42. Prepositions

42a Prepositions defined

42b With time, place

42c Phrasal verbs

42d Past participles

42e In common expressions

43. Gerunds, Infinitives and Participles

43a As subjects

43b Gerund objects

43c Infinitive objects

43d Meaning changes

43e Unchanged with sense verbs

43f Adjectives ending in -ed and -ing

44. Model Auxiliary Verbs

44a Ability, necessity, etc

44b Preferences, plans, etc

44c In the passive voice

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