The Brief Wadsworth Handbook / Edition 6

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Overview

THE BRIEF WADSWORTH HANDBOOK, Seventh Edition, provides students with extensive coverage of rhetorical concerns, the writing and research process, writing and researching with computers, and other topics essential for twenty-first-century student writers. This versatile and proven text is a uniquely effective guide to help students develop the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills they need to become successful communicators in college and beyond. Practicing teachers and collaborative writing partners throughout their careers, Kirszner and Mandell bring an "in-the-trenches" pragmatic understanding of instructor and student needs to every page of this seventh edition.

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THE BRIEF WADSWORTH HANDBOOK is "cutting edge, thorough, [and] extremely well laid out. Perfect for our students."

"The handbook is clearly written, concise, accessible and covers topics related to multiple disciplines, including various types of assignments [related] to documentation formats. Although my syllabus may change from semester to semester, the handbook is adaptable and useful."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781428231429
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/14/2009
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie G. Kirszner is a bestselling author and a practicing teacher who is well known nationally. Kirszner, together with coauthor Stephen R. Mandell, has written bestsellers for nearly every English market. They have the deepest publishing record of any handbook author team and have successfully published up and down the curriculum from developmental to literature.

Stephen R. Mandell is a bestselling author and a practicing teacher who is well known nationally. Mandell, together with coauthor Laurie G. Kirszner, has written bestsellers for nearly every English market. They have the deepest publishing record of any handbook author team and have successfully published up and down the curriculum from developmental to literature.

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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book. Acknowledgments. Part I: WRITING ESSAYS. 1. Understanding Purpose and Audience. 2. Reading Texts. 3. Reading Visuals. 4. Planning an Essay. 5. Using a Thesis to Shape Your Material. 6. Drafting and Revising. 7. Writing Paragraphs. Part II: CRITICAL THINKING AND ARGUMENTATION. 8. Thinking Critically. 9. Writing Argumentative Essays. 10. Using Visuals as Evidence. Part III: WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES. 11. Writing in the Humanities. 12. Writing a Literary Analysis. 13. Writing in the Social Sciences. 14. Writing in the Natural and Applied Sciences. Part IV: DOING RESEARCH. 15. Writing a Research Paper. 16. Finding and Evaluating Web Sources. 17. Finding and Evaluating Library Sources. 18. Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Sources. 19. Synthesizing Sources. 20. Avoiding Plagiarism. Part V: DOCUMENTING SOURCES: MLA STYLE. 21. MLA Documentation Style. Part VI: DOCUMENTING SOURCES: APA AND OTHER STYLES. 22. APA Documentation Style. 23. Chicago Documentation Style. 24. CSE and Other Documentation Styles. Part VII: CREATING DOCUMENTS IN A DIGITAL AGE. 25. Writing in a Digital Environment. 26. Designing Effective Documents. Part VIII: STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND BEYOND. 27. Creating a Writing Portfolio. 28. Writing Essay Exams. 29. Writing for the Public. 30. Writing for the Workplace. 31. Making Oral Presentations. Part IX: REVISING COMMON SENTENCE ERRORS. 32. Revising Sentence Fragments. 33. Revising Run-Ons. 34. Revising Agreement Errors. 35. Revising Awkward or Confusing Sentences. 36. Revising Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers. Part X: WRITING GRAMMATICAL SENTENCES. 37. Using Verbs. 38. Using Nouns and Pronouns. 39. Using Adjectives and Adverbs. Part XI: IMPROVING SENTENCE STYLE. 40. Writing Varied Sentences. 41. Writing Emphatic Sentences. 42. Writing Concise Sentences. 43. Using Parallelism. 44. Choosing Words. Part XII: UNDERSTANDING PUNCTUATION. 45. Using End Punctuation. 46. Using Commas. 47. Using Semicolons. 48. Using Apostrophes. 49. Using Quotation Marks. 50. Using Other Punctuation Marks. Part XIII: UNDERSTANDING SPELLING AND MECHANICS. 51. Improving Spelling. 52. Knowing When to Capitalize. 53. Using Italics. 54. Using Hyphens. 55. Using Abbreviations. 56. Using Numbers. Part XIV: RESOURCES FOR BILINGUAL AND ESL WRITERS. 57. Adjusting to the US Classroom. 58. Grammar and Style for ESL Writers. Appendix A: Parts of Speech. Appendix B: Sentence Review. Appendix C: Glossary of Usage. Credits. Index.

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