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This brief spiral-bound reference handbook takes a user-friendly, reader-oriented approach—with additional features that give readersaccess to information quickly. The author covers grammar, punctuation, thinking and reading critically, writing argument essays, writing research papers and documenting them, writing for the Web, designing documents, writing about literature, writing for business, and creating oral presentations.Offers a Premium Companion Website at www.prenhall.com/troyka that facilitates the research process and offers three exclusive databases full of relevant and reliable source material. Expands discussion of the research process from five to seven chapters. Offers a new chapter on writing arguments. Features a new chapter on Oral Presentation that explains how to plan, create, and present. Features a striking new four color design that highlights each key concept. Provides URL addresses throughout that helps readers access useful websites.The ideal reference for professionals of all kinds who want to improve their writing in both business and personal contexts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130965967
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 7/31/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 355
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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PREFACE:

PREFACE

This handbook gives you Quick Access to information when you need advice about writing, thinking and reading critically, research papers, documentation, punctuation, and grammar. My greatest wish for you as a student writer is that you succeed, just as have the many students I've been honored to teach over the years. Here's a Preview of Quick Access:

QUICK ACCESS TO CONTENTS
The Divider Directory gives you a brief version of the entire contents of Quick Access inside the front cover. Simply open the book to see instantly what divider to go to. Want a more complete overview of the contents? Check the Quick View Contents inside the fold-out back cover. A complete Index follows the last divider, on pages 399-433.

QUICK ACCESS TO ALL TOPICS
Twelve dividers separate major topics about writing into sections. Check the divider tabs sticking out on the right, and you see the major topics named. Then with a flip of your finger, you are where you want to be. On the back of each divider you will find a detailed contents of the section. On the front of each divider you'll find the Web address (URL) for my Web site, topics covered there, and URLs for other useful sites relating to the major topic of the section.

QUICK ACCESS TO ALL CHAPTERS
Numbered chapters contain short, easy discussions in small "chunks" of information. Every chunk is marked with its chapter number plus a letter in alphabetical order. Need to go back to a chunk? Use the chapter-letter combination to find it.

QUICK ACCESS TO EVERY PAGE'S INFORMATION
The spiral binding lets you open thebook flat and fold it over flat. You never lose your place. And all major headings are worded as FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) to match typical questions students ask as they consult Quick Access. The blue flag at the top-outside corner of each page (except the opening page of each divider) tells what chapter you're in or are coming to. To make navigation through the book smooth, look for the FAQ repeated in a "running head" at the top of each right-hand page. Skim through the tops to spot FAQs easily.

QUICK ACCESS TO SPECIAL ELEMENTS THROUGHOUT
Each of the 62 Quick Access boxes is a special element giving you a thumbnail sketch of key information. The symbol at each box carries a message, including: summary; pattern; checklist; and Alert to Remind which reminds you to think of more than one thing at a time, a common condition for writers. For example, in a sentence discussion, an Alert might remind you of a comma rule to apply.

QUICK ACCESS TO DOCUMENTATION STYLES
Want MLA documentation? Locate the MLA divider. On its back is a handy directory of where to go to see how to document books, articles, non-print media, and electronic sources. Want APA documentation? Locate the APA divider. It also has a handy directory of where to find the documentation form you need. Chicago Manual (CM) documentation style and Council of Biology Editors (CBE) documentation style follow the APA listings.

QUICK ACCESS TO SAMPLE RESEARCH PAPERS
Two complete student research papers, one each in MLA style and APA style, are located at the end of each style's documentation section. Side notes explain major features.

QUICK ACCESS TO HELP FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS
AND MULTILINGUAL STUDENTS

Whether English is your native language or you are multilingual, you'll find quick answers to questions about using standard grammar or punctuation or sentence correctness and style. In addition, an entire divider section answers questions of special interest to multilingual students.

A PERSONAL NOTE
As an undergraduate years ago, handbooks weren't as common as they are now. Questions about writing nagged at me. My less-than-precise ear for language annoyed me. But, frankly, I wasn't eager to reveal my ignorance. One day I discovered a book on a library shelf—a book that began to answer some of my questions. I visited that book often. Back then I couldn't have imagined that someday I might write such a book myself. Now that I've completed the Simon & Schuster Quick Access Reference for Writers, Third Edition, I'm amazed that I ever had the nerve to begin. What this proves to me—and I hope to you—is that anyone can write. Students don't always believe that, but they should. In that spirit, I hope you'll join in the conversation my pages seek to invite by e-mailing me at LQTBook@aol.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

NEW FEATURES IN THE THIRD EDITION

  • NEW FREE COMPREHENSIVE WEB SITE for students that accompanies Quick Access. Open to each student using the personal code packaged (shrink-wrapped) with the textbook or purchased separately. Designed as an interactive, helpful Web site for anyone using a Lynn Troyka Handbook or Reference for Writers, it includes lots of exercises for practice and self-grading, special writing process exercises, pre- and post-diagnostic tests, quick tips for writing a variety of types of papers; and the entire contents of Quick Access. To access, use all lowercase letters: ...
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Table of Contents

Tab. 1: Thinking Critically.
1. Thinking Critically. 2. Reading Critically. 3. ConnectingThinking and Reading to Writing. 4. Distinguishing Between Summaryand Synthesis.

Tab 2: Writing Process.
5. Getting Started. 6. Drafting. 7. Revising, Editing, andProofreading. 8. Composing Paragraphs. 9. Writing to Inform. 10. Writingto Argue.

Tab 3: Sentences.
11. Sentence Fragments. 12. Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences.13. Problems with Sentence Shifts. 14. Problems with MisplacedModifiers.15. Conciseness. 16. Coordination and Subordination. 17. SentenceStyle.

Tab 4: Words.
18. Usage Glossary. 19. Word Meanings. 20. Gender-NeutralLanguage. 21. Spelling.

Tab 5: Research.
22. Starting a Research Project. 23. Developing a SearchStrategy. 24. Finding, Evaluating, and Using Library Sources. 25.Finding, Evaluating, and Using Online Sources. 26. Using Sources andAvoiding Plagiarism. 27. Drafting and Revising a Research Paper.

Tab 6: MLA Documentation.
28. MLA In-Text Citations. 29. MLA Works Cited List. 30.A Student's MLA Research Paper.

Tab 7: APA, CM, CSE, and COS Documentation.
31. APA In-Text Citations. 32. APA References List. 33.A Student's APA Research Paper. 34. CM-Style Documentation. 35. CSE-StyleDocumentation. 36. COS-Style Documentation.

Tab 8: Document and Web Design.
37. Principles of Document Design. 38. Writing for the Web.

Tab 9: Grammar Basics.
39. Parts of Speech and Parts of Sentences. 40. Verbs. 41.Subject-Verb Agreement. 42. Pronouns: Agreement, Reference, Case.43. Using Adjectives and Adverbs.

Tab 10: Tips forMultilingual Writers.
44. Singulars and Plurals. 45. Articles. 46. Word Order.47. Prepositions. 48. Gerunds and Infinitives. 49. Modal AuxiliaryVerbs.

Tab 11: Punctuation and Mechanics.
50. Commas. 51. Semicolons. 52. Colons. 53. Apostrophes.54. Quotation Marks. 55. End Punctuation. 56. Other Punctuation Marks.57. Hyphens. 58. Capitals. 59.Italics (Underlining). 60. Abbreviations.61. Numbers.

Tab 12: Special Kinds of Writing.
62. Writing About Literature. 63. Business Writing. 64.Oral Presentations.

Terms Glossary. Index.
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Preface

PREFACE

This handbook gives you Quick Access to information when you need advice about writing, thinking and reading critically, research papers, documentation, punctuation, and grammar. My greatest wish for you as a student writer is that you succeed, just as have the many students I've been honored to teach over the years. Here's a Preview of Quick Access:

QUICK ACCESS TO CONTENTS
The Divider Directory gives you a brief version of the entire contents of Quick Access inside the front cover. Simply open the book to see instantly what divider to go to. Want a more complete overview of the contents? Check the Quick View Contents inside the fold-out back cover. A complete Index follows the last divider, on pages 399-433.

QUICK ACCESS TO ALL TOPICS
Twelve dividers separate major topics about writing into sections. Check the divider tabs sticking out on the right, and you see the major topics named. Then with a flip of your finger, you are where you want to be. On the back of each divider you will find a detailed contents of the section. On the front of each divider you'll find the Web address (URL) for my Web site, topics covered there, and URLs for other useful sites relating to the major topic of the section.

QUICK ACCESS TO ALL CHAPTERS
Numbered chapters contain short, easy discussions in small "chunks" of information. Every chunk is marked with its chapter number plus a letter in alphabetical order. Need to go back to a chunk? Use the chapter-letter combination to find it.

QUICK ACCESS TO EVERY PAGE'S INFORMATION
The spiral binding lets you open the book flat andfold it over flat. You never lose your place. And all major headings are worded as FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) to match typical questions students ask as they consult Quick Access. The blue flag at the top-outside corner of each page (except the opening page of each divider) tells what chapter you're in or are coming to. To make navigation through the book smooth, look for the FAQ repeated in a "running head" at the top of each right-hand page. Skim through the tops to spot FAQs easily.

QUICK ACCESS TO SPECIAL ELEMENTS THROUGHOUT
Each of the 62 Quick Access boxes is a special element giving you a thumbnail sketch of key information. The symbol at each box carries a message, including: summary; pattern; checklist; and Alert to Remind which reminds you to think of more than one thing at a time, a common condition for writers. For example, in a sentence discussion, an Alert might remind you of a comma rule to apply.

QUICK ACCESS TO DOCUMENTATION STYLES
Want MLA documentation? Locate the MLA divider. On its back is a handy directory of where to go to see how to document books, articles, non-print media, and electronic sources. Want APA documentation? Locate the APA divider. It also has a handy directory of where to find the documentation form you need. Chicago Manual (CM) documentation style and Council of Biology Editors (CBE) documentation style follow the APA listings.

QUICK ACCESS TO SAMPLE RESEARCH PAPERS
Two complete student research papers, one each in MLA style and APA style, are located at the end of each style's documentation section. Side notes explain major features.

QUICK ACCESS TO HELP FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS
AND MULTILINGUAL STUDENTS

Whether English is your native language or you are multilingual, you'll find quick answers to questions about using standard grammar or punctuation or sentence correctness and style. In addition, an entire divider section answers questions of special interest to multilingual students.

A PERSONAL NOTE
As an undergraduate years ago, handbooks weren't as common as they are now. Questions about writing nagged at me. My less-than-precise ear for language annoyed me. But, frankly, I wasn't eager to reveal my ignorance. One day I discovered a book on a library shelf—a book that began to answer some of my questions. I visited that book often. Back then I couldn't have imagined that someday I might write such a book myself. Now that I've completed the Simon & Schuster Quick Access Reference for Writers, Third Edition, I'm amazed that I ever had the nerve to begin. What this proves to me—and I hope to you—is that anyone can write. Students don't always believe that, but they should. In that spirit, I hope you'll join in the conversation my pages seek to invite by e-mailing me at LQTBook@aol.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

NEW FEATURES IN THE THIRD EDITION

  • NEW FREE COMPREHENSIVE WEB SITE for students that accompanies Quick Access. Open to each student using the personal code packaged (shrink-wrapped) with the textbook or purchased separately. Designed as an interactive, helpful Web site for anyone using a Lynn Troyka Handbook or Reference for Writers, it includes lots of exercises for practice and self-grading, special writing process exercises, pre- and post-diagnostic tests, quick tips for writing a variety of types of papers; and the entire contents of Quick Access. To access, use all lowercase letters: http://www.prenhall.com/troyka
  • NEW Expanded coverage of the latest MLA 2000 and APA online documentation forms.
  • NEW APA-style student research paper. As a partner to the MLA-style student research paper, the APA paper contains appropriate content and illustrates correct layout and documentation examples, including several for online sources.
  • NEW Main headings in each chapter worded as FAQs, (Frequently Asked Questions). The questions match what students typically ask.
  • NEW Full coverage of document design. Computer-based, it explains with many examples how to incorporate graphics into papers, how to write and format business letters, and how to design a résumé.
  • NEW All sentence topics in one divider section. This enables students to look up each question without trying to figure out if it relates to sentence style and effectiveness or sentence errors.
  • NEW Updated, clean new design. Each page is now more attractive and easier to use. NEW Daedalus® Online. This PIN-code-protected site provides an online environment for collaborative writing, with prompts for a variety of writing assignments, and much other user-friendly material.
  • NEW An enlarged choice of supplements for students and for instructors for customizing a course.

STUDENTS' SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE THIRD EDITION

  • FREE COMPANION WEB SITE designed to go with all Lynn Troyka handbooks: http://www.prenhall.com/troyka
  • Exercise Booklet (0-13-018924-3)
  • Answer Key to Exercise Booklet (0-13-018926-X)
  • For instructors to order bundled with Quick Access:
    Writer's Guide to Document/Web Design (0-13-018929-4)
    Writer's Guide to WAC/Oral Presentations (0-13-018931-6)
    English on the Internet: A Prentice Hall Guide 2000-01 (0-13-019484-0)
    Guide to Research and Documentation (0-13-081627-2)

INSTRUCTORS' SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE THIRD EDITION

  • Strategies and Resources for Teaching Writing with the Simon & Schuster Quick Access Reference for Writers, Third Edition (0-13-018925-1)
  • Prentice-Hall Resources for Writing, filled with material for instructors:
    Computers and Writing by Dawn Rodriques (0-13-084034-3)
    Collaborative Learning by John Trimbur and Harvey Kail (0-13-572371-X)
    Distance Education by W. Dees Stallings (0-13-572314-0)
    Journals by Chris Burnham (0-13-572348-5)
    Portfolios by Pat Belanoff (0-13-572322-1)
    Classroom Strategies by Wendy Bishop (0-13-572355-8)
    Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum by Art Young (0-13-081650-7)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 1999

    Simon and Schuster Quick Access Reference for Writers

    From my point of view, this book is wonderful. It has some characteristics that can develop or improve our skills as a writer. In order to prove the above mentioned, I will cite some examples. The first one, is its easy usage. The ESL information is easy to find becouse it has a yellow tags that provide a single manipulation. The second characteristic is that this book is based in MLA Guidelines, APA, CM, and CBE documentations, which give us detailed instructions to make an Essay, Work Cited, Research Project, Outline, Bibliographic, and so on. The third one,is the QA boxes, which has summarize and clear information. Finally, the Quick Access to help with usage rules and with grammatical terms. In short words, this text that makes the information optimally accessible in a brief book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 1999

    Simon and Schuster Quick Access Reference for Writers

    Quick Access is widely used because it offers information fast and easily. This book helps us in the writing process. Some of its facilities are: The dividers, which give easier access to the contents. Q.A. Boxes synthesize and emphazise useful information. Other important and very necesary Quick access's issue is its references and guidance about four of major styles of documentation: APA, CM, CBE, and the most used for me: MLA, which is one of styles frequently used by writers. Other help that Quick Access offers us are the grammatical rules to get correct sentences, mechanics of spelling, etc. You will enjoy this book and you will improve as writer with the help of this book. Try it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 1999

    Reference for Wirters

    At the begining, you will think that is a weird book, but when you get to use it, you'll find that is easy and helpful. You can learn how to write better, with less gramaticals errors. I learned more about the MLA format, which is important.

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    Posted December 7, 1999

    quick access book

    I think this book was really helpful.It had a lot of topics that helps beginners in writing.It also had a step by step process on how to do all of this topics.

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