Prentice Hall Reference Guide

Prentice Hall Reference Guide

by Harris



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780131680395
Publisher: Prentice Hall (School Division)
Pages: 544

About the Author

Muriel Harris was the director of the Purdue Writing Center where she worked elbow-to-elbow with students for over twenty-five years. Based on her experience assisting thousands of writing students, she authored the Prentice Hall Reference Guide with several goals in mind. The handbook is brief, with the most concise explanations possible. It is conveniently tabbed, enabling students to efficiently locate resources. It also features the foundational teaching tools she developed during her tenure at the writing center: the innovative Question and Correct and Compare and Correct features. These features address the challenges that student writers face in an accessible, easy-to-use manner. The streamlined and user-friendly organization and innovative student-focused features make the Prentice Hall Reference Guide the easiest handbook for students and instructors to use.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Prentice Hall Reference Guide, 7th Edition by Muriel Harris


Tab 1  Question & Correct/ Compare & Correct/ Try This

Tab 2  Writing Processes

1. Thinking about Writing

a.    Rhetorical Triangle

b.    Topic

c.    Audience

d.    Purpose

e.    Medium

f.    Thesis

2. Writing Processes and Strategies

a.    Planning

b.    Drafting

c.    Organizing

d.    Collaborating

e.    Revising

  f.    Editing and Proofreading

3. Paragraphs

a.    Unity

b.    Coherence

c.    Development

d.    Introductions and Conclusions

e.    Organization patterns

4. Argument

a. Reading and Writing Arguments

b.    Considering the Audience

c.    Finding a Topic

d.    Developing Your Argument

e.    Recognizing and Avoiding Fallacies

  f.    Organizing Your Argument

5. Visual Argument

a.    Similarities and Differences between Written and Visual Arguments

b.    Appeals in Visual Argument

c.    Logical Fallacies in Visual Argument

d.    Writing Visual Arguments

6. Document Design

a.    Principles of Document Design

b.    Incorporating Visuals

c.    Paper Preparation

 d.    Multimedia Presentations

e.    Web Page Design

Tab 3  Common Categories of Writing

7.   Writing Essay Exams

8. Writing About Literature

a.    Ways to Write About Literature

b.    Writing the Assignment

c.    Conventions in Writing About Literature

d.    A Sample Paper

9. Professional Writing

a.    Memos

b.    E-Mail Communications

c.    Business Letters

d.    Cover Letters

e.    Résumés

  f.    Newsletters and Brochures

10.  Writing Portfolios


Tab 4  Revising Sentences

11.   Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

12.   Subject-Verb Agreement

13.   Sentence Fragments

14.   Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers

15.   Parallel Constructions

16.   Consistency (Avoiding Shifts)

17.   Faulty Predication

18.   Coordination and Subordination

19.   Sentence Clarity

20.   Transitions

21. Sentence Variety


Tab 5  Parts of Sentences

22.   Verbs

23.   Nouns and Pronouns

24.   Pronoun Case and Reference

25.   Adjective and Adverbs

26.   Prepositions

27.   Subjects

28.   Phrases

29.   Clauses

30.   Essential and Nonessential Clauses and Phrases

31.   Sentences

Tab 6  Style and Word Choice

32.   Style versus Grammar

33.   General and Specific Language

a.    General versus Specific Statements

b.    General versus Specific Words

c.    Concrete versus Abstract Words

34.   Conciseness and Wordiness

35.   Passive versus Active Voice

36.   Unnecessary and Inappropriate Words 

a.    Cliches

b.    Pretentious Language

c.    Offensive Language 

37.   Appropriate Language

a.    Standard English

b.    Formality Levels

c.    Emphasis

d.    Denotation and Connotation

e.    Colloquialisms, Slang, and Regionalisms

  f.    Jargon and Technical Terms

38.   Nonsexist Language

a.    Alternatives to Man

b.    Alternative Job Titles

c.    Alternatives to the Male or Female Pronoun


Tab 7  Punctuation

39.   Commas

40.   Apostrophes

41.   Semicolons

42.   Colons

43.   Quotation Marks

44.   Hyphens

45.   End Punctuation

46.   Other Punctuation


Tab 8  Mechanics and Spelling

47.   Capitals

48.   Abbreviations

49.   Numbers

50.   Underlining/Italics

51. Spelling


Tab 9  ESL and Multilingual Writers

52.   American Style in Writing

53.   Verbs

54.   Omitted Words

55.   Repeated Words

56.   Count and Noncount Nouns

57.   Adjectives and Adverbs

58.   Prepositions

59.   Idioms


Tab 10  Research

60.   Finding a Topic

 a.    Deciding on a Purpose and Audience

b.    Deciding on a Topic

c.    Narrowing a Topic

d.    Formulating a Research Question

e.    Formulating a Thesis

61.   Searching for Information

a.    Choosing Primary and Secondary Sources

b.    Searching Libraries and Library Databases

c.    Searching the Internet

d.    Searching Other Sources

62.   Using Web Resources

63.   Evaluating Sources

a.    Getting Started

b.    Evaluating Internet Sources

c.    Evaluating Bibliographic Citations

d.    Evaluating Content

64.   Collecting Information

a.    Keeping Notes on a Computer

b.    Printing and Annotating Photocopies and Printouts

c.    Starting a Working Bibliography

d.    Writing Notecards

65.   Using Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

a.    Understanding Why Plagiarism is Wrong

b.    Recognizing Plagiarism and Documenting Sources Responsibly

c.    Summarizing without Plagiarising

d.    Paraphrasing without Plagiarising

e.    Using Quotation Marks to Avoid Plagiarizing

  f.    Using Signal Words and Phrases to Integrate Sources

66.   Writing the Research Paper

a.    Getting Started

b.    Planning and Organizing

c.    Writing a Draft

d.    Reviewing the Draft

e.    Revising, Editing, and Checking the Format


Tab 11  MLA Documentation

67.   Documenting in MLA Style

a.    In-text Citations

b.    Endnotes

c.    Works Cited List

d.    Sample MLA-style Research Paper


Tab 12  APA and Other Documentation

68.   Documenting in APA Style

a.    In-text Citations

b.    Footnotes

c.    References List

d.    Sample APA-style Research Paper

69.   Documenting in Other Styles

a.    Chicago Manual of Style (CMS)

b.    Council of Science Editors (CSE)

c.    Resources for Other Styles

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