The Writer's Harbrace Handbook, Brief Edition / Edition 5

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THE WRITER'S HARBRACE HANDBOOK, Brief Fifth Edition, is grounded in the belief that an understanding of the rhetorical situation--the writer, reader, message, context, and opportunity for writing--provides the best starting point for effective writing and reading. This comprehensive handbook guides student writers in employing that rhetorical understanding as they choose the most effective information to include, the best arrangement of that information, and the most appropriate language to use. The text moves students through the steps that constitute successful writing from finding appropriate topics and writing clear thesis statements to arranging ideas and developing initial drafts. THE WRITER'S HARBRACE HANDBOOK, Brief Fifth Edition, also provides several sample student papers in various disciplines, along with instruction for successfully completing similar assignments. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections
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"I like it so much I am going to order it for next semester. It is an easy-to-use handbook—concise yet comprehensive."

"These chapters [18-41] were especially well-constructed and thorough. Your Brief Edition is superb . . . this is a really nice, nice text."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133308782
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: Brief
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 671,035
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor of English and Women's Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, Cheryl Glenn is widely known for her scholarship, leadership, and teaching. Besides authoring The Harbrace Guide to Writing and co-authoring The Harbrace Handbooks, she is author of the prize-winning Rhetoric Retold: Regendering the Tradition from Antiquity Through the Renaissance; Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silence; Rhetorical Education in America; and several other titles. Glenn's rhetorical scholarship has earned her many awards, including three National Endowment for the Humanities awards, the Conference on College Composition and Communication's Richard Braddock Award, Rhetoric Review's Outstanding Essay Award, and Best Book/Honorable Mention from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. She has served as President of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, and is a member of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Executive Committee, Chair of the Modern Language Association (MLA) Division on the History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition, and a member of the MLA Delegate Assembly. Glenn's teaching and scholarship have earned her three university teaching awards. She has recently served as Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the largest organization of writing and rhetoric teachers in the world.

Professor of English at Central Washington University, Loretta Gray has three degrees related to her interest in composition and applied linguistics: Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (School for International Training), Master of Arts in Spanish (Middlebury College), and Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics (Boston University). She has experience teaching English to non-native speakers in Mexico, Spain, and the United States. In addition, she taught Spanish at Clemson University and applied linguistics at the School for International Training. Dr. Gray has been teaching composition and applied linguistics courses at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, since 1992. She also is co-author of the textbook Rhetorical Grammar.

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Table of Contents

Part I: WRITING AND THE RHETORICAL SITUATION. 1. Reading, Writing, and the Rhetorical Situation. 2. Planning and Drafting Essays. 3. Revising and Editing Essays. 4. Online Writing. 5. Composing with Visuals. 6. Writing Arguments. Part II: RESEARCH. 7. Finding Sources Online, in Print, and in the Field. 8. Evaluating Print and Online Sources. 9. Using Sources Effectively and Responsibly. Part III: DISCIPLINES AND DOCUMENTATION STYLES. 10. Writing about Literature. 11. MLA Documentation. 12. Writing in the Social Sciences. 13. APA Documentation. 14. Writing in the Humanities. 15. CMS Documentation. 16. Writing in the Natural Sciences. 17. CSE Documentation. 18. Writing in Business. Part IV: GRAMMAR. 19. Sentence Essentials. 20. Phrases and Clauses in Sentences. 21. Sentence Fragments. 22. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences. 23. Verbs. 24. Pronouns. 25. Modifiers. Part V: EFFECTIVE SENTENCES. 26. Sentence Unity. 27. Consistency. 28. Subordination and Coordination. 29. Parallelism. 30. Emphasis. 31. Variety. Part VI: EFFECTIVE LANGUAGE. 32. Good Usage. 33. Precise Word Choice. 34. Conciseness. Part VII: PUNCTUATION. 35. The Comma. 36. The Semicolon and Colon. 37. The Apostrophe. 38. Quotation Marks. 39. The Period and Other Punctuation Marks. Part VIII: MECHANICS. 40. Spelling, the Spell Checker, and Hyphenation. 41. Capitals. 42. Italics. 43. Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Numbers. Part IX: ADVICE FOR MULTILINGUAL WRITERS. 44. Determiners, Nouns, and Adjectives. 45. Verbs and Verb Forms. 46. Word Order. Glossary of Usage.
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