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This book offers a wealth of essential information in a clear, concise, and user-friendly format. Both the novice writer as well as more experienced ones will turn to this tabbed, brief handbook time and again. This versatile resource covers the writing process in depth and employs a wealth of writing samples to establish realistic expectations for writing. Readers will learn how to recognize and correct errors in their own writing. It also includes full chapters on using libraries, the research paper, and the most-current MLA, APA, and Chicago documentation styles, including citing electronic sources. Also covered in depth are sexism and bias in language as well as ESL problems and computer tips. Writers or those who need to write in their careers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205196555
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 373
  • Product dimensions: 6.81 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents


COMP 1. Writing with a Computer.

COMP 2. Planning.
Analyzing the Writing Task.
Choosing a Subject.
Focusing on a Topic.
Generating Ideas and Collecting Information.
Formulating a Thesis Statement.
Determining Your Purpose.
Analyzing Your Audience.

COMP 3. Writing a Draft.
Choosing a Title.
Writing the Body.
Writing the Beginning and Ending.

COMP 4. Revising.
Revising the Largest Elements.
Revising Sentences and Diction.
Conducting Peer Conferences.

COMP 5. Editing.
Checking Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics.
Preparing the Final Copy.
Proofreading the Final Copy.

COMP 6. Annotated Student Essay.


PARA 1. Unity.
Topic Sentence.
Controlling Idea.

PARA 2. Development.
Implied Strategy.

PARA 3. Coherence.
Effective Order.
Transitional Words and Phrases.
Key Words and Phrases.
Parallel Structure.
Transitions between Paragraphs.


GRAM 1. Parts of Speech.

GRAM 2. Parts of Sentences.

GRAM 3. Phrases.
Prepositional Phrases.
Verbal Phrases.
Appositive Phrases.
Absolute Phrases.

GRAM 4. Clauses.
Adjective Clauses.
Adverb Clauses.
Noun Clauses.

GRAM 5. Types of Sentences.
Classification by Structure.
Classification by Purpose.


ESL 1. Verbs.
Perfect Tenses.
Progressive Tenses.
Passive Voice.
Two-Word Verbs.
Verbs Followed by an Infinitive or a Gerund.

ESL 2. Nouns, Quantifiers, and Articles.
Noncount Nouns.
Indefinite Article (A/An).
Definite Article (The).

ESL 3. Adjectives and Adverbs.
Cumulative Adjectives.
Present and Past Participles.

ESL 4. Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases.
Correct Prepositions.
Necessary Prepositions.
Unnecessary Prepositions in Prepositional Phrases.
Compound Prepositions.
Adjective + Preposition Combinations.

ESL 5. Parts of Sentences.
Omitted Verbs.
Omitted Subjects.
Expletives (There, Here, It).

ESL 6. Special Problems.
Word Order in Questions.
Questions with Who, Whom, and What.
Word Order in Indirect Questions.
Reported Speech.
Conditional Sentences.

ESL 7. Confusing Words and Phrases.


SENT 1. Parallelism.
With Coordinating Conjunctions.
With Correlative Conjunctions.
With Comparisons Using Than or As.

SENT 2. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers.
Placement of Modifiers.
Dangling Modifiers.

SENT 3. Shifts.
Shifts in Person and Number.
Shifts in Verb Tense.
Shifts in Mood.
Shifts in Subject and Voice.
Shifts in Quotation.
Shifts in Tone and Style.
Shifts in Point of View.

SENT 4. Unified and Logical Sentences.
Relevant Details.
Mixed or Illogical Constructions.

SENT 5. Subordination and Coordination.
Choppy Sentences.
Excessive Subordination.
Ideas of Equal Importance.

SENT 6. Emphasis.
Placement of Important Words, Phrases.
Logical Order.
Active Voice.
Short, Dramatic Sentences.
Periodic Sentences.
Balanced Constructions.

SENT 7. Sentence Variety.
Overuse of Short, Simple Sentences.
Sentence Openings.
Overuse of Compound Sentences.


EDIT 1. Subject-Verb Agreement.
Identifying Subjects.
Compound Subjects.
Subjects Joined by Either/Or or Neither/Nor.
Collective Nouns.
Relative Pronouns.
Indefinite Pronouns.
Linking Verbs.
Plural Nouns with Singular Meanings.
Titles as Subjects.
Words Used as Words.
Noun Clauses.

EDIT 2. Verbs: Form, Tense, Mood, and Voice.
Irregular Verbs.
Lay/Lie and Set/Sit.
Sequences of Tense Forms.
Active Voice.

EDIT 3. Pronoun Problems.
Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement.
Pronoun Reference.
Case of Pronouns.

EDIT 4. Adjectives and Adverbs.
Adverbs with Verbs, Adjectives, and Other Adverbs.
Adjectives with Linking Verbs.
Bad/Badly and Good/Well.
Demonstrative Adjective-Noun Agreement.
Comparative and Superlative.

EDIT 5. Fragments.
Phrase Fragments.
Subordinate Clauses.
Compound Predicates.
Intentional Fragments.

EDIT 6. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences.
Separating Sentences.
Connecting Sentences with a Semicolon.
Connecting Sentences with a Comma and Coordinating Conjunction.
Restructuring Sentences.


WORD 1. Exactness.
General/Specific and Abstract/Concrete Words.
Figurative Language.

WORD 2. Appropriateness.
Subject and Audience Considerations.
Nonstandard English, Slang, and Regional Expressions.
Pretentious Language, Euphemisms, and Doublespeak.
Vogue Words.

WORD 3. Bias in Writing.

WORD 4. Conciseness.
Subjects and Verbs.
Empty Words.
Inflated Expressions and Phrases.
Unnecessary Clauses.
Strong Verbs and Active Voice.

WORD 5. The Dictionary.

WORD 6. The Thesaurus.

WORD 7. Glossary of Usage.


PUNCT 1. The Comma.
Independent Clauses with Coordinating Conjunctions.
Introductory Word Groups.
Nonrestrictive Modifiers.
Coordinate Adjectives.
Interruptive Expressions.
Contrasted Elements.
Speech Tags.
Mild Interjections, Direct Address, Yes and No.
Titles, Names, Dates, and Other Conventions.
To Prevent Misreadings.
To Indicate Omissions.
Unnecessary Commas.

PUNCT 2. The Semicolon.
Independent Clauses.
With Transitional Expression or Conjunctive Adverbs.
With Other Punctuation.

PUNCT 3. The Colon.
Independent Clauses.
Direct Quotations.
Business Letters, Biblical References, Titles and Subtitles, Bibliographic Entries.

PUNCT 4. The Apostrophe.
Possessive Case.

PUNCT 5. Quotation Marks.
Direct Quotations.
Quotations within Quotations.
Words Used as Words, Words Used in a Special Sense.
With Other Punctuation.

PUNCT 6. Other Punctuation Marks.
The Period.
The Question Mark.
The Exclamation Point.
The Dash.
The Ellipsis Mark.
The Slash.

PUNCT 7. End Punctuation.
Question Mark.
Exclamation Point.
The Dash.
The Ellipsis Mark.
The Slash.


MECH 1. Capitals.
Proper Nouns.
Derivations of Proper Nouns.
Organizations, Government Agencies, Call Letters, Acronyms.
Titles, Family Relationships, Epithets.
Sentences, Deliberate Sentence Fragments.
With Colons.
Quoted Sentences.
Titles, Subtitles.
Personal Pronoun I, Interjection O.

MECH 2. Abbreviations.
Professional Titles.
Jr., Sr., and Degrees.
A.D., B.C., a.m., p.m., no, $.
Organizations, Corporations, Government Agencies, States, Countries.
Latin Abbreviations.

MECH 3. Numbers.
Written Out.
In Combination.
Dates, Times, Addresses, Chapters and Pages, Percentages, and Other Conventions.
At Beginning of Sentence.

MECH 4. Italics/Underlining.
Ships, Planes, Trains, Spacecraft.
Numbers, Letters, Words Used as Such.
Foreign Words.
For Emphasis.

MECH 5. The Hyphen.
Compound Words.
Two or More Words as a Single Adjective.
Compound Numbers, Written Fractions.
Avoid Ambiguity.
Prefixes and Suffixes.
Word Division.

MECH 6. Spelling.
Words That Sound Alike.
Conventional Spelling Rules.
Frequently Misspelled Words.


FORMAT 1. Basic Computer Formatting Options.
Basic Page Design.
Improving Readability.
Using Visuals.

FORMAT 2. Formatting Academic Manuscripts Following MLA and APA Guidelines.

FORMAT 3. Formatting Business Documents.
Business Letters.


ARGUE 1. Developing an Argumentative Thesis.

ARGUE 2. Providing Evidence.

ARGUE 3. Making Appeals.
Logical Appeals.
Emotional Appeals.
Ethical Appeals.

ARGUE 4. Refuting the Opposition.

ARGUE 5. Considering Your Audience.

ARGUE 6. Organizing the Argumentative Essay.

ARGUE 7. Annotated Student Argumentative Essay.

LIT 1. Reading and Analyzing a Literary Text.

LIT 2. Observing the Conventions.

LIT 3. Using Quotations.

LIT 4. Annotated Student Essay about Literature.


LIB 1. Reference Books.

LIB 2. Periodicals.
Periodical Indexes.
Computerized Periodical Indexes.

LIB 3. Books.
The Card Catalog.
The Computer Catalog.
The Library of Congress Subject Headings.

LIB 4. The Internet.
The World Wide Web.
Internet Search Strategies.
Search Engines.
Subject Directories.
Newsgroups, Listservs, and Synchronous Sources.


RESCH 1. Planning.
Setting a Schedule.
Choosing a Research Topic or Question.

RESCH 2. Conducting Library Research.
Using Print Sources.
Using Online Sources.
Taking Notes.
Using Interviews and Questionnaires.

RESCH 3. Organizing the Research Paper.
Formulating a Final Thesis.
Developing a Working Outline.

RESCH 4. Writing the Research Paper.
Documenting Sources.
Integrating Quotations.
Using Long Quotations.
Avoiding Plagiarism.

RESCH 5. Annotated Student Research Paper.


MLA DOCU 1. MLA In-Text Citations.
Author Mentioned in Signal Phrase.
Author Not Mentioned in Signal Phrase.
Two or More Works by the Same Author.
Two or Three Authors.
More Than Three Authors.
Authors with Same Last Name.
Corporate Author.
Unknown Author.
Multi-Volume Work.
An Entire Work.
Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Bible.
Work from an Anthology.
A Source Quoted in Another Source.
Two or More Sources in a Single Citation.
An Electronic Source.

MLA DOCU 2. MLA List of Works Cited.

Basic Format for a Book with One Author.
Two or Three Authors.
More Than Three Authors.
Author with an Editor.
Corporate Author.
Unknown Author.
Two or More Works by the Same Author.
Edition Other Than First.
Republished Book.
Work in More Than One Volume.
Work in a Series.
Work in an Anthology.
Preface, Introduction, Foreword, or Afterword.
Encyclopedias and Other Reference Works.

Article in a Monthly Magazine.
Article in a Weekly Magazine.
Article in a Journal Paginated by Volume.
Article in a Journal Paginated by Issue.
Article in a Daily Newspaper.
Article in a Weekly Newspaper.
Editorials and Letters to the Editor.
Book Review.
Film Review.

World Wide Web Sources.
Scholarly Project.
Professional Site.
Personal Site.
Article in a Reference Database.
Article in a Journal.
Article in a Magazine.
Posting to a Discussion List.
File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Telenet, or Gopher Site.

ACW-Style Citations for Electronic Sources.

Other Sources.
CD-ROM Updated Periodically.
CD-ROM Released in a Single Edition.
Online Material from a Computer Service.
Government Publication.
Unpublished Dissertation.
Lecture or Public Presentation.
E-mail Communication.
Legal Reference.
Film or Videotape.
Television or Radio Program.
Stage Play, Opera, or Concert Performance.
Work of Art.
Map or Chart.

MLA DOCU 3. MLA Information Notes.


OTHER DOCU 1. APA In-Text Citations.
Paraphrase or Summary with Author's Name in Text.
Paraphrase or Summary without Author's Name in Text.
Quotation with Author's Name in Text.
Quotation without Author's Name in Text.
A Work with Two Authors.
A Work with Three to Five Authors.
A Work with Six or More Authors.
Author Unknown.
Corporate Author.
Two or More Authors with the Same Last Name.
More Than One Work in a Parenthetical Citation.
Interviews, Letters, Memos, E-mail, and Telephone Conversations.

OTHER DOCU 2. APA Style References.

Basic Format for a Book with One Author.
Two or More Authors.
Corporate Author.
Author Unknown.
Work in an Anthology.
Edition Other Than First.
Multivolume Work.
Two or More Works by the Same Author.

Article in a Journal Paginated by Volume.
Article in a Journal Paginated by Issue.
Article in Monthly Magazine.
Article in a Weekly Magazine.
Article in a Newspaper.
Letter to the Editor.
Book Review.

Electronic Sources.
CD-ROM, Tape, or Diskette.
Online Material from a Computer Service.

Other Sources.
Government Publication.
Dissertation Abstract.
Computer Software.

OTHER DOCU 3. Annotated Student APA-Style Research Paper.

OTHER DOCU 4. Chicago Manual Documentation Style.
Chicago Manual Endnotes (or Footnotes) and Bibliography Entries.

One Author.
Two or Three Authors.
Four or More Authors.
Author with an Editor.
Unknown Author.
Edition Other Than First.
Work in More Than One Volume.
Work from an Anthology.

Article in a Journal Paginated by Volume.
Article in a Journal Paginated by Issue.
Article in a Magazine.
Unsigned Article.
Article in a Newspaper.

Electronic Sources.
Source On CD-ROM.
Online Source.

Other Sources.
Government Publication.
Interview, Letter, or E-mail.
Film or Videotape.

Subsequent References.

OTHER DOCU 5. Other Documentation Styles.


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