Simon and Schuster Quick Access Reference for Writers

Simon and Schuster Quick Access Reference for Writers

by Lynn Q. Quitman Troyka

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ISBN-13: 9780131018822
Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date: 01/01/1995
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.55(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.87(d)

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PREFACE:

PREFACE

This handbook gives you Quick Access to information when you need advice about writing, thinking and reading critically, research papers, documentation, punctuation, and grammar. My greatest wish for you as a student writer is that you succeed, just as have the many students I've been honored to teach over the years. Here's a Preview of Quick Access:

QUICK ACCESS TO CONTENTS
The Divider Directory gives you a brief version of the entire contents of Quick Access inside the front cover. Simply open the book to see instantly what divider to go to. Want a more complete overview of the contents? Check the Quick View Contents inside the fold-out back cover. A complete Index follows the last divider, on pages 399-433.

QUICK ACCESS TO ALL TOPICS
Twelve dividers separate major topics about writing into sections. Check the divider tabs sticking out on the right, and you see the major topics named. Then with a flip of your finger, you are where you want to be. On the back of each divider you will find a detailed contents of the section. On the front of each divider you'll find the Web address (URL) for my Web site, topics covered there, and URLs for other useful sites relating to the major topic of the section.

QUICK ACCESS TO ALL CHAPTERS
Numbered chapters contain short, easy discussions in small "chunks" of information. Every chunk is marked with its chapter number plus a letter in alphabetical order. Need to go back to a chunk? Use the chapter-letter combination to find it.

QUICK ACCESS TO EVERY PAGE'S INFORMATION
The spiral binding lets you open thebook flat and fold it over flat. You never lose your place. And all major headings are worded as FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) to match typical questions students ask as they consult Quick Access. The blue flag at the top-outside corner of each page (except the opening page of each divider) tells what chapter you're in or are coming to. To make navigation through the book smooth, look for the FAQ repeated in a "running head" at the top of each right-hand page. Skim through the tops to spot FAQs easily.

QUICK ACCESS TO SPECIAL ELEMENTS THROUGHOUT
Each of the 62 Quick Access boxes is a special element giving you a thumbnail sketch of key information. The symbol at each box carries a message, including: summary; pattern; checklist; and Alert to Remind which reminds you to think of more than one thing at a time, a common condition for writers. For example, in a sentence discussion, an Alert might remind you of a comma rule to apply.

QUICK ACCESS TO DOCUMENTATION STYLES
Want MLA documentation? Locate the MLA divider. On its back is a handy directory of where to go to see how to document books, articles, non-print media, and electronic sources. Want APA documentation? Locate the APA divider. It also has a handy directory of where to find the documentation form you need. Chicago Manual (CM) documentation style and Council of Biology Editors (CBE) documentation style follow the APA listings.

QUICK ACCESS TO SAMPLE RESEARCH PAPERS
Two complete student research papers, one each in MLA style and APA style, are located at the end of each style's documentation section. Side notes explain major features.

QUICK ACCESS TO HELP FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS
AND MULTILINGUAL STUDENTS

Whether English is your native language or you are multilingual, you'll find quick answers to questions about using standard grammar or punctuation or sentence correctness and style. In addition, an entire divider section answers questions of special interest to multilingual students.

A PERSONAL NOTE
As an undergraduate years ago, handbooks weren't as common as they are now. Questions about writing nagged at me. My less-than-precise ear for language annoyed me. But, frankly, I wasn't eager to reveal my ignorance. One day I discovered a book on a library shelf—a book that began to answer some of my questions. I visited that book often. Back then I couldn't have imagined that someday I might write such a book myself. Now that I've completed the Simon & Schuster Quick Access Reference for Writers, Third Edition, I'm amazed that I ever had the nerve to begin. What this proves to me—and I hope to you—is that anyone can write. Students don't always believe that, but they should. In that spirit, I hope you'll join in the conversation my pages seek to invite by e-mailing me at LQTBook@aol.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

NEW FEATURES IN THE THIRD EDITION

  • NEW FREE COMPREHENSIVE WEB SITE for students that accompanies Quick Access. Open to each student using the personal code packaged (shrink-wrapped) with the textbook or purchased separately. Designed as an interactive, helpful Web site for anyone using a Lynn Troyka Handbook or Reference for Writers, it includes lots of exercises for practice and self-grading, special writing process exercises, pre- and post-diagnostic tests, quick tips for writing a variety of types of papers; and the entire contents of Quick Access. To access, use all lowercase letters: ...

Table of Contents

Tab. 1: Thinking Critically.
1. Thinking Critically. 2. Reading Critically. 3. ConnectingThinking and Reading to Writing. 4. Distinguishing Between Summaryand Synthesis.

Tab 2: Writing Process.
5. Getting Started. 6. Drafting. 7. Revising, Editing, andProofreading. 8. Composing Paragraphs. 9. Writing to Inform. 10. Writingto Argue.

Tab 3: Sentences.
11. Sentence Fragments. 12. Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences.13. Problems with Sentence Shifts. 14. Problems with MisplacedModifiers.15. Conciseness. 16. Coordination and Subordination. 17. SentenceStyle.

Tab 4: Words.
18. Usage Glossary. 19. Word Meanings. 20. Gender-NeutralLanguage. 21. Spelling.

Tab 5: Research.
22. Starting a Research Project. 23. Developing a SearchStrategy. 24. Finding, Evaluating, and Using Library Sources. 25.Finding, Evaluating, and Using Online Sources. 26. Using Sources andAvoiding Plagiarism. 27. Drafting and Revising a Research Paper.

Tab 6: MLA Documentation.
28. MLA In-Text Citations. 29. MLA Works Cited List. 30.A Student's MLA Research Paper.

Tab 7: APA, CM, CSE, and COS Documentation.
31. APA In-Text Citations. 32. APA References List. 33.A Student's APA Research Paper. 34. CM-Style Documentation. 35. CSE-StyleDocumentation. 36. COS-Style Documentation.

Tab 8: Document and Web Design.
37. Principles of Document Design. 38. Writing for the Web.

Tab 9: Grammar Basics.
39. Parts of Speech and Parts of Sentences. 40. Verbs. 41.Subject-Verb Agreement. 42. Pronouns: Agreement, Reference, Case.43. Using Adjectives and Adverbs.

Tab 10: Tips forMultilingual Writers.
44. Singulars and Plurals. 45. Articles. 46. Word Order.47. Prepositions. 48. Gerunds and Infinitives. 49. Modal AuxiliaryVerbs.

Tab 11: Punctuation and Mechanics.
50. Commas. 51. Semicolons. 52. Colons. 53. Apostrophes.54. Quotation Marks. 55. End Punctuation. 56. Other Punctuation Marks.57. Hyphens. 58. Capitals. 59.Italics (Underlining). 60. Abbreviations.61. Numbers.

Tab 12: Special Kinds of Writing.
62. Writing About Literature. 63. Business Writing. 64.Oral Presentations.

Terms Glossary. Index.

Preface

PREFACE

This handbook gives you Quick Access to information when you need advice about writing, thinking and reading critically, research papers, documentation, punctuation, and grammar. My greatest wish for you as a student writer is that you succeed, just as have the many students I've been honored to teach over the years. Here's a Preview of Quick Access:

QUICK ACCESS TO CONTENTS
The Divider Directory gives you a brief version of the entire contents of Quick Access inside the front cover. Simply open the book to see instantly what divider to go to. Want a more complete overview of the contents? Check the Quick View Contents inside the fold-out back cover. A complete Index follows the last divider, on pages 399-433.

QUICK ACCESS TO ALL TOPICS
Twelve dividers separate major topics about writing into sections. Check the divider tabs sticking out on the right, and you see the major topics named. Then with a flip of your finger, you are where you want to be. On the back of each divider you will find a detailed contents of the section. On the front of each divider you'll find the Web address (URL) for my Web site, topics covered there, and URLs for other useful sites relating to the major topic of the section.

QUICK ACCESS TO ALL CHAPTERS
Numbered chapters contain short, easy discussions in small "chunks" of information. Every chunk is marked with its chapter number plus a letter in alphabetical order. Need to go back to a chunk? Use the chapter-letter combination to find it.

QUICK ACCESS TO EVERY PAGE'S INFORMATION
The spiral binding lets you open the book flat andfold it over flat. You never lose your place. And all major headings are worded as FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) to match typical questions students ask as they consult Quick Access. The blue flag at the top-outside corner of each page (except the opening page of each divider) tells what chapter you're in or are coming to. To make navigation through the book smooth, look for the FAQ repeated in a "running head" at the top of each right-hand page. Skim through the tops to spot FAQs easily.

QUICK ACCESS TO SPECIAL ELEMENTS THROUGHOUT
Each of the 62 Quick Access boxes is a special element giving you a thumbnail sketch of key information. The symbol at each box carries a message, including: summary; pattern; checklist; and Alert to Remind which reminds you to think of more than one thing at a time, a common condition for writers. For example, in a sentence discussion, an Alert might remind you of a comma rule to apply.

QUICK ACCESS TO DOCUMENTATION STYLES
Want MLA documentation? Locate the MLA divider. On its back is a handy directory of where to go to see how to document books, articles, non-print media, and electronic sources. Want APA documentation? Locate the APA divider. It also has a handy directory of where to find the documentation form you need. Chicago Manual (CM) documentation style and Council of Biology Editors (CBE) documentation style follow the APA listings.

QUICK ACCESS TO SAMPLE RESEARCH PAPERS
Two complete student research papers, one each in MLA style and APA style, are located at the end of each style's documentation section. Side notes explain major features.

QUICK ACCESS TO HELP FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS
AND MULTILINGUAL STUDENTS

Whether English is your native language or you are multilingual, you'll find quick answers to questions about using standard grammar or punctuation or sentence correctness and style. In addition, an entire divider section answers questions of special interest to multilingual students.

A PERSONAL NOTE
As an undergraduate years ago, handbooks weren't as common as they are now. Questions about writing nagged at me. My less-than-precise ear for language annoyed me. But, frankly, I wasn't eager to reveal my ignorance. One day I discovered a book on a library shelf—a book that began to answer some of my questions. I visited that book often. Back then I couldn't have imagined that someday I might write such a book myself. Now that I've completed the Simon & Schuster Quick Access Reference for Writers, Third Edition, I'm amazed that I ever had the nerve to begin. What this proves to me—and I hope to you—is that anyone can write. Students don't always believe that, but they should. In that spirit, I hope you'll join in the conversation my pages seek to invite by e-mailing me at LQTBook@aol.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

NEW FEATURES IN THE THIRD EDITION

  • NEW FREE COMPREHENSIVE WEB SITE for students that accompanies Quick Access. Open to each student using the personal code packaged (shrink-wrapped) with the textbook or purchased separately. Designed as an interactive, helpful Web site for anyone using a Lynn Troyka Handbook or Reference for Writers, it includes lots of exercises for practice and self-grading, special writing process exercises, pre- and post-diagnostic tests, quick tips for writing a variety of types of papers; and the entire contents of Quick Access. To access, use all lowercase letters: http://www.prenhall.com/troyka
  • NEW Expanded coverage of the latest MLA 2000 and APA online documentation forms.
  • NEW APA-style student research paper. As a partner to the MLA-style student research paper, the APA paper contains appropriate content and illustrates correct layout and documentation examples, including several for online sources.
  • NEW Main headings in each chapter worded as FAQs, (Frequently Asked Questions). The questions match what students typically ask.
  • NEW Full coverage of document design. Computer-based, it explains with many examples how to incorporate graphics into papers, how to write and format business letters, and how to design a résumé.
  • NEW All sentence topics in one divider section. This enables students to look up each question without trying to figure out if it relates to sentence style and effectiveness or sentence errors.
  • NEW Updated, clean new design. Each page is now more attractive and easier to use. NEW Daedalus® Online. This PIN-code-protected site provides an online environment for collaborative writing, with prompts for a variety of writing assignments, and much other user-friendly material.
  • NEW An enlarged choice of supplements for students and for instructors for customizing a course.

STUDENTS' SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE THIRD EDITION

  • FREE COMPANION WEB SITE designed to go with all Lynn Troyka handbooks: http://www.prenhall.com/troyka
  • Exercise Booklet (0-13-018924-3)
  • Answer Key to Exercise Booklet (0-13-018926-X)
  • For instructors to order bundled with Quick Access:
    Writer's Guide to Document/Web Design (0-13-018929-4)
    Writer's Guide to WAC/Oral Presentations (0-13-018931-6)
    English on the Internet: A Prentice Hall Guide 2000-01 (0-13-019484-0)
    Guide to Research and Documentation (0-13-081627-2)

INSTRUCTORS' SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE THIRD EDITION

  • Strategies and Resources for Teaching Writing with the Simon & Schuster Quick Access Reference for Writers, Third Edition (0-13-018925-1)
  • Prentice-Hall Resources for Writing, filled with material for instructors:
    Computers and Writing by Dawn Rodriques (0-13-084034-3)
    Collaborative Learning by John Trimbur and Harvey Kail (0-13-572371-X)
    Distance Education by W. Dees Stallings (0-13-572314-0)
    Journals by Chris Burnham (0-13-572348-5)
    Portfolios by Pat Belanoff (0-13-572322-1)
    Classroom Strategies by Wendy Bishop (0-13-572355-8)
    Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum by Art Young (0-13-081650-7)

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