Rules of Thumb: A Guide for Writers / Edition 7

Rules of Thumb: A Guide for Writers / Edition 7

by Jay Silverman, Elaine Hughes, Diana Roberts Wienbroer
     
 

ISBN-10: 007353319X

ISBN-13: 9780073533193

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

RULES OF THUMB is a concise,easy-to-use,and affordable handbook developed around students' real writing needs. Extensively class-tested,RULES OF THUMB is an invaluable companion for writers at all levels of abilities-offering advice on the writing and research process,as well as specific guidance on punctuation,mechanics,usage,and a wide variety of common assignments

Overview

RULES OF THUMB is a concise,easy-to-use,and affordable handbook developed around students' real writing needs. Extensively class-tested,RULES OF THUMB is an invaluable companion for writers at all levels of abilities-offering advice on the writing and research process,as well as specific guidance on punctuation,mechanics,usage,and a wide variety of common assignments. Its brevity and practical style make it the reference handbook students will turn to,again and again,throughout their college careers and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780073533193
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

The Meaning of "Rule of Thumb"

How to Use Rules of Thumb

PART 1: THE BASICS: SPELLING, PUNCTUATION, AND GRAMMAR

A Word about Correctness

Commonly Confused Words

One Word or Two?

Spelling

Capitalization

Abbreviations and Numbers

Apostrophes

Consistent Pronouns

I vs. Me, She vs. Her, He vs. Him, Who vs. Whom

Vague Pronouns

Recognizing Complete Sentences

Period or Comma? Run-on Sentences and Sentence Fragments

Feature: Using but, however, although

Commas

Semicolons

Colons

Dashes and Parentheses

Quotation Marks

Titles: Underlines, Italics, or Quotation Marks

Shifting Verb Tenses

Verb Agreement

Word Endings: -s and -ed

Tangled Sentences

PART 2: PUTTING A PAPER TOGETHER

What to Do When You're Stuck

Addressing Your Audience

Writing with a Thesis

Finding an Organization for Your Essay

Introductions

Paragraphs--Long and Short

Transitions

Incorporating Quotations

Conclusions

How to Make a Paper Longer (and When to Make It Shorter)

How to Work on a Second Draft

Shortcuts for "Word"

Proofreading Tips

Format of College Papers

Special Case: Writing an Essay in Class

Special Case: Writing about Literature

PART 3: THE RESEARCH PAPER

Seven Steps to a Research Paper

How to Conduct Research

Feature: Sizing Up a Website

Getting Information Online and at the Library

Feature: When You Find Too Few or Too Many Sources

Writing the Research Paper

Feature: PowerPointPresentations

Plagiarism (Cheating)

What Is Documentation?

Feature: Where to Find Specific Entries for Works Cited, References, and Bibliography

Documentation: The MLA Style

Documentation: The APA Style

Documentation: The Chicago Style (Footnotes)

PART 4: STYLE

Keeping a Journal

Adding Details

Recognizing Cliches

Eliminating Offensive Language

Trimming Wordiness

Using Strong Verbs

Varying Your Sentences

Finding Your Voice

Postscript

A List of Valuable Sources

About the Authors

Index

Troubleshooting Guide, inside back cover

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