Rules of Thumb text with web access card / Edition 6

Rules of Thumb text with web access card / Edition 6

by Jay Silverman, Diana Roberts Wienbroer, Elaine Hughes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0073049107

ISBN-13: 9780073049106

Pub. Date: 07/30/2004

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

Brevity and practicality are the hallmarks of Rules of Thumb. Reflecting the most current MLA, APA, and CMS documentation styles, the sixth edition remains the ideal handbook for improving grammar without overwhelming student writers with specialized terminology.

Overview

Brevity and practicality are the hallmarks of Rules of Thumb. Reflecting the most current MLA, APA, and CMS documentation styles, the sixth edition remains the ideal handbook for improving grammar without overwhelming student writers with specialized terminology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780073049106
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
07/30/2004
Edition description:
Older Edition
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

The Meaning of "Rule of Thumb"

How to use Rules of Thumb

Part 1: Correctness

A Word about Correctness

Commonly Confused Words

One Word or Two?

Spelling

Capitalization

Abbreviations and Numbers

Apostrophes

Consistent Pronouns

Correct Pronouns

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 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

How to Start a Research Project

Three Essential Research Skills

Feature: When You Find Too Few or Too Many Sources

Getting Information at the Library

Getting Information Online

Feature: Sizing Up a Website

Writing the Research Paper

Plagiarism (Cheating)

What is Documentation?

Documentation: The MLA Style

Documentation: The APAStyle

Documentation: The Chicago Style (Footnotes)

Part 4: Growing as a Writer

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

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