Rules of Thumb: A Guide for Writers

Rules of Thumb: A Guide for Writers

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by Jay Silverman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0070575649

ISBN-13: 9780070575646

Pub. Date: 07/01/1990

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

Rules of Thumb: A Guide for Writers, Third Edition, is a brief, easy-to-use, and affordable handbook. Designed to accommodate real writing needs, Rules of Thumb offers advice on the writing process as a whole, as well as specific guidance on punctuation, mechanics, usage, and a wide variety of common writing assignments.  See more details below

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Rules of Thumb: A Guide for Writers, Third Edition, is a brief, easy-to-use, and affordable handbook. Designed to accommodate real writing needs, Rules of Thumb offers advice on the writing process as a whole, as well as specific guidance on punctuation, mechanics, usage, and a wide variety of common writing assignments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780070575646
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
07/01/1990
Pages:
144

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
How to Use Rules of Thumb
Pt. ICorrectness
A Word about Correctness3
Confusing Words [to and too, their and there]5
One Word or Two? [a lot]9
Spelling [ie or ei? One p or two?]12
Capitalization15
Abbreviations and Numbers17
Apostrophes ['s]19
Consistent Pronouns [he or she, they, one]20
Correct Pronouns [I vs. me]23
Vague Pronouns [which, it, this, that, and who]25
Recognizing Complete Sentences27
Sentence Fragments and Run-on Sentences30
Commas [,]36
Semicolons [;]38
Colons [:]39
Dashes and Parentheses [ - ()]40
Quotation Marks [" "]42
Underlining or Quoting Titles46
Verb Tenses47
Shifting Verb Tenses [moved, had moved]52
Verb Agreement54
Word Endings: s and ed55
Tangled Sentences [Parallel Structure, Danglers]57
Pt. IIMeeting Specific Assignments
Format of College Papers61
Writing in Class64
Writing about Literature68
How to Quote From Your Sources73
Using the College Library75
Writing Research Papers79
Plagiarism (Cheating)86
Documentation87
Pt. IIIPutting a Paper Together
What to Do When You're Stuck101
Finding an Organization for Your Essay105
How to Work on a Second Draft108
How to Make a Paper Longer (And When to Make It Shorter)111
Introductions and Conclusions113
Paragraphs - Long and Short116
Transitions119
Proofreading Tips121
Pt. IVWriting With Elegance
Keeping a Journal125
Finding Your Voice128
Adding Details129
Recognizing Cliches131
Eliminating Biased Language133
Trimming Wordiness135
Varying Your Sentences138
Postscript143
About the Authors145
Index147

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