Rules of Thumb 2009 APA Update

Rules of Thumb 2009 APA Update

by Jay Silverman
     
 

Rules of Thumb is a concise, user-friendly, and affordable handbook developed around students' real writing needs. An invaluable companion for writers at all levels, it gives students the advice they need on writing, research, grammar, and style in a clear and engaging voice. Reflecting the most current APA documentation styles, the eighth edition remains

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Rules of Thumb is a concise, user-friendly, and affordable handbook developed around students' real writing needs. An invaluable companion for writers at all levels, it gives students the advice they need on writing, research, grammar, and style in a clear and engaging voice. Reflecting the most current APA documentation styles, the eighth edition remains the ideal handbook for improving grammar without overwhelming student writers with specialized terminology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900077397097
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
12/28/2009
Edition description:
OE

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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