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With SF Express, the authors have created a pocket handbook unique in its treatment of issues frequently not covered in a book of its size: including a sound introduction to critical thinking and the writing process, document design, and writing for the web. Includes Pre-eminent, cutting-edge coverage of electronic research. Presents more documentation models for all five systems - MLA, APA, CMS, CBE, and COS - than any other pocket handbook. Includes a complete model MLA research paper. "Express!" boxes at the beginning of every chapter provide immediately useful information about the chapter topic. "Destinations" on the Web URLs are included for helpful Web site references. Chapter 1, "Critical Reading," helps writers deal with the kinds of materials they'll encounter both in college and the work around them. Chapter 6, "Writing for the Web," features concise, but complete treatment of Web Writing. "E-tips" throughout share strategies and information about using computer and online resources for writing. For those seeking a pocket-sized handbook to enhance their writing and critical thinking skills.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321085849
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Critical Reading.
Ask Questions.
Consider the Answers.
Evaluate the Evidence.
Talk Back to the Text.

2. The Writing Situation.

3. Planning.
Find a Topic.
Focus Your Topic.
Develop a Thesis.
Plan Your Project.

4. Drafting and Revising.
Start Drafting.
Explore Your Ideas.
Write Strong Paragraphs.
Review Your Draft.
Create a Revision Plan.
Edit and Proofread.

5. Design.
Academic Papers.
World Wide Web Pages.

6. Writing for the Web.
Select a Method.
Choose a Format.
Gather Your Materials.
Draft HTML Documents.
Experiment with HTML Tags.
Insert an Image.
Add a Link.
Upload Your Page.


7. Finding Information.
Consult Library Sources.
Search Online Sources.
Understand Keyword Searching.
Conduct Field Research.

8. Evaluating Sources.
Evaluate Print Sources.
Evaluate Online Sources.
Question Every Source.

9. Using Sources.
Paraphrase Accurately.
Summarize Clearly.
Use Direct Quotation Carefully.
Document Sources Precisely.


10. MLA Style.
In-text Citations.
The Works Cited Page.
MLA Models.
Sample MLS Paper.

11. APA Style.
In-text Citations.
TheReferences Page.
APA Models.
Sample APA Pages.

12. Chicago Style.
In-text Citations and Notes.
Chicago Bibliographies.
Chicago Models.
Sample Chicago Pages.

13. CBE Style.
In-text Citations.
The Reference Page.
CBE Citation-Sequence Models.

14. COS Style.
General Guidelines.
COS CitationsHumanitiesMLA.
COS CitationsSciencesAPA.


15. Clarity.
Make Your Subject Clear.
Use Vigorous Verbs.
Balance Parallel Ideas.
Use Specific Details.
State Ideas Positively.
Chunk Your Writing.

16. Economy.
Cut Extra Words.
Cut is and there are Sentence Openings.

17. Variety.
Combine Short Sentences.
Expand Simple Sentences with Interesting Details.
Vary Sentence Openings.

18. Consistency and Sentence Logic.
Revise Sentence Elements So They Work Together Logically.
Revise the Pattern something is when.
Revise Tangled Sentences.
Place Modifiers Carefully.
Add Needed Words.


19. Repair Sentence Fragments.
Clause Fragments.
Phrase Fragments.
Fragments with Lists.
Intentional Fragments.

20. Repair Run-on Sentences.
Separate Independent Clauses with a Period.
Insert a Semicolon Between Independent Clauses.
Join Independent Clauses with a Common and a Coordinating Conjunction.
Subordinate One Clause to the Other.

21. Make Subjects and Verbs Agree.
Words Between Subject and Verb.
Subjects Joined by and.
Indefinite Pronouns such as anyone.
Collective Nouns such as team.
Subject after Verb.
Who, which, and that as subjects.
Linking Verbs and Complements.
Plural Forms, Singular Meanings.
Titles and Words Used as Words.

22. Check Verbs.
Regular and Irregular Verbs.
Lie and lay, sit and set, rise and raise.
Verb Tenses.
Active and Passive Voice.
The Subjunctive Mood.

23. Check Pronouns.
Pronoun Reference.
Pronoun Agreement.
Pronoun Case.
Nonsexist Pronoun Use*.
Other Pronoun Problems.

24. Check Adjectives and Adverbs.
Comparatives and Superlatives.


25. Nouns, Articles, and Quantifiers.
Count and Noncount Nouns.
Definite and Indefinite Articles.

26. Verbs and Verb Phrases.
Helping Verbs and Main Verbs.
Gerunds and Infinitives.
Two- and Three-Word Verbs.

27. Proofreading in English.


28. Commas.
Before a Coordinating Conjunction in a Compound Sentence.
After an Introductory Word Group.
With Nonrestrictive Modifiers.
To Set Off Contrasts and Transitional Expressions.
To Set Off Parenthetical Elements, Interjections, Direct Address, and Tag Questions.
To Set Off Absolute Phrases.
With Items in a Series.
With Quotations.
In Dates, Addresses, and Numbers.
Unnecessary Commas.

29. Semicolons and Colons.

30. Quotation Marks.
To Set Off Direct Quotations.
To Cite the Titles of Short Works.
With Other Punctuation Marks.
To Draw Attention to Specific Words or Expressions.

31. Apostrophes.
To Form Possessive Nouns.
In Contractions and Omissions.
In Some Plurals.
To Show Joint Ownership.

32. Other Punctuation Marks.
Question Marks.
Exclamation Points.
Italics (underlining).

33. Capital Letters, Abbreviations, and Numbers.
Capital Letters*.

34. Spelling, Dictionary, Thesaurus.
Dictionary and Thesaurus*.

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