Rules of Thumb: A Guide for Writers / Edition 4

Rules of Thumb: A Guide for Writers / Edition 4

by Jay Silverman, Diana R. Wienbroer, Elaine Hughes
     
 

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

Overview

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:
9780070920743
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
160

Meet the Author

A graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia, Jay Silverman has received fellowhsips from the Fulbright-Hayes Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has taught at Vriginia Highlands Community College and at Nassau Community College where he received the Honors Program award for Excellence in Teaching.

Elaine Hughes came to New York City from Mississippi in 1979 to attend a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar at Columbia Uniersity. She has taught writing for more than 25 years—primarily at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi, and at Nassau Community College—and has conducted writing workshops for many organizations. She is the author of WRITING FROM THE INNER SELF.

As Chair of the English Department of Nassau Community College for six years, Diana Roberts Wienbroer coordinated a department of 150 faculty members and served on the Executive Council of the Association of Departments of English. Besides teaching writing for over thirty years, both in Texas and New York, she has studied and taught film criticism. She is also the author of THE McGRAW-HILL GUIDE TO ELECTRONIC RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION, 1997.

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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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