Read an Excerpt
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 shelfa 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 meand I hope to youis 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: ...