A Writer's Handbook, third edition: Developing Writing Skills for University Students / Edition 3 available in Other Format
Written collaboratively by writing instructors at the Queen’s University Writing Centre, A Writer’s Handbook is a compact yet thorough guide to academic writing for a North American audience. This clear and concise handbook outlines strategies both for thinking assignments through and for writing them well. The third edition is revised and updated throughout.
Features of the third edition:
- Updated citation section (MLA, APA, Chicago, scientific, electronic)
- Updated section on using and citing electronic sources
- Expanded coverage of report writing and business letters
|Edition description:||third edition|
|Product dimensions:||4.60(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Leslie E. Casson teaches Writing and Communications at Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario.
Table of Contents
chapter one Understanding the Assignment
- Looking for Action Different Verbs, Different Essays
chapter two Planning and Outlining
- Gathering Material What/How/Why Organizing MaterialDeveloping Your Thesis and Outline
chapter three Paragraphs
- The Long and the Short of It What/How/Why … Again Focus and Coherence Transitions Beginnings and Endings Know Your Project
chapter four Stylistic Decisions
- Editing with Your Ears Content vs. Grammar To Be or Not … Prepositional Phrases Tone Beware Your Thesaurus Figurative Language Be Precise and Be Realistic
chapter five Essential Grammar
- Clauses Voice: Passive or Active? Making Contact: Working with Connectors She or Her, Who or Whom? It All Depends on the Case Mood
chapter six Punctuation
- That’s All I Have to Say. Period. Connecting Ideas: Commas and Dashes Connecting More Ideas: Colons and Semicolons Exclamation Points! Ellipses and Brackets: Clarifying Quoted Material Contraction and Possession: The Apostrophe Apostrophes and Plurals When Not to Use an Apostrophe: Possessive Pronouns
chapter seven Documentation
- The P Word: Plagiarism When to Cite a Source When Not to Cite a Source Documentation Systems
- Modern Language Association (MLA) Format
- American Psychological Association (APA) Format
- Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago Style) Format
chapter eight Business Writing
- Reader-Centred Writing: It’s All about You Always Look on the Bright Side: Making Negatives Positive Creating Information Snapshots: Parallel Structure Creating More Information Snapshots: Bullets and Headings Formats and Templates: Workplace Communications Some Notes on Email
chapter nine Writing in the Sciences
- IMRAD: Formatting Your Lab Report Abstracts: Making the Essentials Concrete Passive Voice: It’s Not All about You Giving Credit: Documentation Formats Tone: Be Direct and Be Objective
appendix 1 Confusable Words: Usage and Misusage
appendix 2 Recommended Writing Guides
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"My students will find A Writer's Handbook immediately helpful; it makes sense of what professors often fail to explain but expect students to know and perform effortlessly."
"The third edition of A Writer's Handbook beautifully speaks to and meets the needs of its target readers: university undergraduate students. Casson and the other contributors truly understand the common and most significant issues of undergraduate writing, whether in the humanities or the sciences—and they communicate with refreshing clarity the strategies, techniques, and information students will need in order to write effectively. An accessible, concise, and engaging resource. Highly recommended!"
"What makes Casson's Handbook so unusual is also what makes it most useful to me in my teaching: it is actually readable. My students like it, and they learn from it because they like it. I'm certain that they will continue to like what they read in this new edition."