The Writer's Handbook for College and Career

The Writer's Handbook for College and Career

by Cathy Dees, Ellen A. McManus, Robert A. Schwegler

ISBN-10: 0321422872

ISBN-13: 9780321422873

Pub. Date: 11/25/2009

Publisher: Longman

The Writer’s Handbook for College and Career offers complete coverage of topics expected in a handbook–writing, research, and grammar–that you use through out your college experience, but it goes one step farther and includes instruction and examples that span a range of workplace situations. For example, chapters on argument, design, and…  See more details below


The Writer’s Handbook for College and Career offers complete coverage of topics expected in a handbook–writing, research, and grammar–that you use through out your college experience, but it goes one step farther and includes instruction and examples that span a range of workplace situations. For example, chapters on argument, design, and presentations discuss fundamental principles but then also explore how usage strategies vary in classroom or workplace settings. You learn practical writing skills you can use to connect the writing you do in college to the writing you do at work.

Product Details

Publication date:
English MLA Updated Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Part 1

Writing in College and at Work

1 Writing in College & Work

a. Moving between college and work

b. How this book can help

2 Purpose and Audience

a. Purpose

b. Purpose statement

c. Audience

3 Planning and Prewriting

a. Planning the project

b. Prewriting

c. Thesis or goal

d. Outlining

4 Drafting 19

a. Writing the draft

b. Getting feedback

5 Paragraphs & Structure

a. Paragraphs

b. Transitions

c. Headings and lists

d. Development

6 Revising & Editing

a. Revising

b. Editing

c. Proofreading

Sample final paper

Sample final memo

7 Argument

a. Making claims

b. Purpose & audience

c. Elements of argument

d. Establishing credibility

e. Sample arguments

Sample page from research paper

Sample memo

8 Visual Elements

a. Design

b. Visual aids

c. Adding visuals

Sample memo

d. Creating Web pages

9 Writing with Others

a. Types of collaboration

b. Technologies

10 Ethical Writing

a. Plagiarism

b. Ethics

c. Dishonesty

11 Presentations

a. Planning

b. Drafting

c. Coordinating visuals

Sample PowerPoint slides

d. Overcoming anxiety

e. Presenting

Evaluation form

12 Online Communication

a. Email, IM, chat rooms

b. Listservs, blogs

c. Netiquette

13 Technical Communication

a. Purpose, features

b. Types

14 Cultures and Communication

a. Institutional

b. Disciplinary, occupational, professional

c. Ethnic, religious

d. Avoiding offensive language

Part 2

Writing in College

15 College Reading and Writing

a. Entering

b. Contributing

16 Online Learning

a. Online classroom

b. Features

c. Guidelines for success

17 Essays

a. Thesis and development

b. Personal essay

c. Response essay

Sample response essay

d. Critical essay

Sample critical essay

e. Persuasive essay

18 Library of Academic Writing

a. Journal

Sample entries

b. Summary

Sample summary

c. Review

Sample review

d. Report

Sample page

e. Case study

Sample case study

f. Portfolio

Sample portfolio cover letter

Part 3

Writing at Work

19 Writing at Work

a. Communication

b. Purpose, audience

c. Guidelines

d. Medium, genre

e. Putting it all together

20 Correspondence

a. Email

Sample email

b. Memo

Sample memo

c. Letter

Sample letter

d. Deciding on the form

21 Job Search

a. Résumé

Sample résumé

b. Cover letter

Sample cover letter

22 Library of Workplace Writing

a. Report

Sample reports

b. Proposal

Sample proposal

c. Executive summary; abstract

Sample executive summary

Sample abstract

d. Announcement

Sample announcements

e. Job description

Sample description

f. Performance evaluation

Sample evaluation form

g. Code of conduct

Sample code

h. Thank you, congratulatory note

Part 4

Research Strategies

23 Research Process

a. Purpose

b. Audience

c. Narrowing a topic

d. Research question

e. Preliminary thesis

f. Resources

g. Working bibliography

h. Schedule

24 Library and Database Research

a. Accessing resources

b. Library resources

c. Online catalogs

d. Periodicals, indexes, gov't. documents

e. Evaluating

f. Electronic databases

g. Evaluating

25 Internet Research

a. Search strategies

b. Search engines

c. Types of sites

d. Evaluating

26 Field Research

a. Uses

b. Surveys, etc.

c. Interviews

d. Ethnographies

e. Human subjects’ consent

27 Avoiding Plagiarism, Integrating Sources

a. Plagiarism

b. Avoiding plagiarism

c. Summarizing

d. Paraphrasing

e. Quoting

f. Synthesizing

g. Incorporating visuals

28 Drafting and Revising Research

a. Reviewing goals

b. Planning & drafting

c. Revising

Part 5

MLA Documentation

29 MLA

a. In-text citations

b. List of Works Cited

c. Sample paper

Part 6

APA Documentation

30 APA 274

a. Content footnotes

b. In-text citations

c. References list

d. Sample paper

Part 7

CMS and CSE Documentation

31 CMS

a. Endnotes and footnotes

b. Bibliography

c. Sample paper

32 CSE

a. Elements of CSE: two formats

b. In-text citations

c. References

d. Sample paper

Part 8


33 Basic Grammar

a. Words

b. Sentence elements

c. Clauses, phrases

d. Sentence types

34 Verbs

a. Simple present, past

b. Progressive, perfect

c. Lie, lay; sit, set

d. Active and passive

e. Tense sequence

f. Subjunctive mood

35 Pronouns

a. Forms (case)

b. Pronoun problems

c. Who and whom

36 Subject-Verb Agreement

a. Simple agreement

b. Complex agreement

37 Adjectives and Adverbs

a. Identifying

b. Avoiding confusion

c. Comparatives and superlatives

Part 9

Guidance for Multilingual Writers

38 Articles & Noun Clauses

a. A, an, the

b. Gerunds, infinitives

c. Noun clauses

39 Agreement

a. With troublesome verbs

b. Paired conjunctions, separated subjects + verbs

c. Words affecting agreement

40 Verbs

a. Troublesome forms

b. Simple present, present progressive

c. Conditionals

41 Adjectives and Prepositions

a. Adjectives in a series

b. Preposition choice

Part 10

Sentence Problems

42 Sentence Fragments

a. Identifying

b. Revising

c. Partial sentences

43 Comma Splices, Fused (Run-on) Sentences

a. Identifying

b. Repairing

44 Pronoun Reference and Agreement

a. Unclear reference

b. Specific reference

c. Who, which, that

45 Modifiers

a. Misplaced

b. Dangling

c. Disruptive

46 Shifts

a. Person and number

b. Tense, quote, mood, voice

47 Mixed and Incomplete Sentences

a. Mixed sentences

b. Incomplete

48 Parallelism

a. Problems

b. Creating parallelism

c. Lists

49 Coordination and Subordination

a. Coordination

b. Problems

c. Subordination

d. Problems

Part 11

Clarity and Style

50 Conciseness & Clarity

a. Wordiness

b. Clichés

c. Clear sentences

51 Sexist and Discriminatory Language

a. Sexist language

b. Discriminatory language

52 Words and Vocabulary

a. Diction, purpose, persona

b. Specialized diction

c. Precise diction

d. Editing diction

e. Building vocabulary

Part 12

Punctuation and Mechanics

53 Commas

a. Joining sentences

b. Introductory elements

c. Concluding elements

d. Non-essential elements

e. Items in a series

f. Coordinate adjectives

g. Clear meaning

h. In writing

54 Semicolons and Colons

a. Semicolons

b. Colons

55 End Punctuation

a. Periods

b. Question marks

c. Exclamation point

56 Apostrophes

a. Possession

b. Contractions and omissions

57 Quotation Marks

a. Marking quotations

b. Block quotations

c. Dialogue

d. Titles of short works

e. Special uses

58 Other Punctuation Marks

a. Parentheses

b. Brackets

c. Dashes

d. Ellipses

e. Slashes

59 Capitalization

a. Beginning a sentence

b. Proper nouns and adjectives

c. Titles

60 Abbreviations

a. Titles, persons, organizations, numbers

b. Inappropriate abbreviations

61 Italics (Underlining)

a. Conventions

b. Specific terms

c. For emphasis

62 Hyphens

a. Splitting words

b. Joining words

63 Numbers

a. Spelling

b. Using numerals

c. Conventions

d. Overuse

64 Spelling

a. Correcting errors

b. Improving

Glossary of Usage


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