The Bedford Handbook / Edition 9

The Bedford Handbook / Edition 9

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The Bedford Handbook / Edition 9

Three main challenges faced me as I prepared this fifth edition of The Bedford Handbook. First, because today's computer-age students want quick access to information, preferably through visuals, I hoped to simplify the book's reference system and enliven it with icons. Second, because technology has changed composing behaviors so dramatically over the past four years, I looked forward to bringing the book into the electronic age. And, finally, because many instructors assign writing based on one or two sources (rather than on personal experience or many sources), I wanted to emphasize text-based writing early in the book, not just in later sections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781457608025
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 10/18/2013
Edition description: Ninth Edition
Pages: 912
Sales rank: 70,559
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Part I.The Writing Process1
1Generating ideas; sketching a plan2
2Roughing out an initial draft32
3Making global revisions; revising sentences41
Student Essay
4Building paragraphs77
5Choosing a document design109
Essay Format
Business Formats
Web Page
Part II.Critical Thinking137
6Writing about texts138
Sample Summary
Sample Analysis
7Constructing arguments157
Student Essay
Part III.Clear Sentences181
8Coordination and subordination182
10Needed words201
11Mixed constructions207
12Misplaced and dangling modifiers213
Part IV.Word Choice247
16Wordy sentences248
17Appropriate language256
18Exact words270
Part V.Grammatical Sentences283
19Sentence fragments284
20Run-on sentences296
21Subject-verb agreement (is or are, etc.)308
22Pronoun-antecedent agreement (singular or plural)323
23Pronoun reference (clarity)331
24Pronoun case (I or me, etc.)337
25Who or whom346
26Adjectives and adverbs (good or well, etc.)352
27Standard English verb forms359
28Verb tense, mood, and voice376
Part VI.ESL Trouble Spots389
29Special problems with verbs390
30The articles a, an, and the405
31Other trouble spots413
Part VII.Punctuation425
32The comma426
33Unnecessary commas445
34The semicolon454
35The colon460
36The apostrophe463
37Quotation marks468
38End punctuation476
39Other punctuation marks: the dash, parentheses, brackets, the ellipsis mark, the slash480
Part VIII.Mechanics487
42Italics (underlining)495
44The hyphen509
45Capital letters513
Part IX.Researched Writing519
46Conducting research521
47Selecting and reading sources546
48Managing information; avoiding plagiarism554
49Planning and drafting the paper562
50Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism569
51Integrating sources573
52Revising your draft581
53MLA documentation584
54MLA manuscript format612
Two Sample Mla Papers
Part X.Literature and Other Disciplines641
55Writing about literature, with Student Essays642
56Documenting sources across the curriculum: APA (social sciences), with Student Essay; Chicago (history and humanities), with Sample Pages; a list of style manuals675
Part XI.Grammar Basics727
57Parts of speech728
58Sentence patterns745
59Subordinate word groups755
60Sentence types768
Glossary of Usage773
Answers to Tutorials and Lettered Exercises789

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