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The Blair Handbook

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Edition:
5th
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9780131935365

ISBN10:
0131935364
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

This widely acclaimed handbook provides students with the most focus on critical thinking, writing process, particularly revision, and writing across the curriculum. The fifth edition ofThe Blair Handbookis the clearest and most accessible edition yet. It continues to explain and illustrate the qualities of good writing and the logic behind conventions of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage. And it continues to insist that good writing results from imaginative composing, careful revising, and editing. At the same time, the new edition adds coverage of visual rhetoric, public forms of discourse, Writing Across the Curriculum, and writing for the world of work.

Table of Contents

Preface xxii
PART 1 Reading and Writing in College
1(58)
Why Writing Matters
2(9)
What is difficult about writing?
2(1)
What do you enjoy about writing?
3(1)
What surprises are in store?
4(1)
Why is writing important?
5(1)
What can you learn from the experience of others?
6(1)
What else do you want to know about writing?
7(4)
Reading Texts Critically
11(14)
Reading to understand
11(4)
Reading critically
15(10)
Reading Images Critically
25(24)
The elements of composition
26(10)
Words
36(4)
Color
40(3)
Images of persuasion
43(6)
The Writing Process
49(10)
Describing writing as a process ESL
49(1)
Planning
50(1)
Composing
51(1)
Revising
52(1)
Researching
53(1)
Editing
53(1)
English as a second language
54(5)
PART 2 Planning a Writing Project
59(34)
Analyzing the Rhetorical Situation
60(14)
Knowing the purpose
60(3)
Addressing audiences
63(4)
Understanding the situation
67(1)
Adopting a voice
67(7)
Keeping Journals
74(10)
Understanding journals
74(2)
Keeping journals in college
76(2)
Suggestions for using journals ESL
78(6)
Strategies for Invention and Discovery
84(9)
Brainstorming
85(1)
Freewriting ESL
85(2)
Looping
87(1)
Asking reporters questions
87(1)
Outlining
88(1)
Clustering
89(1)
Talking
90(3)
PART 3 Composing
93(106)
Writing from Experience
94(18)
Character
95(2)
Subject
97(2)
Perspective
99(2)
Setting
101(1)
Sequence of events
102(2)
Theme
104(2)
Sample student essay
106(6)
Writing to Explain
112(24)
Topic
113(1)
Thesis
114(1)
Strategies ESL
115(8)
Organization
123(1)
Neutral perspective
123(1)
Sample student essay
124(12)
Arguing and Persuading
136(28)
Elements of argument
137(2)
Issue
139(2)
Analysis
141(2)
Position
143(1)
Argument
144(4)
Organization
148(4)
Sample student essay
152(12)
Writing About Literature
164(18)
Interpretive essays
164(1)
Exploring texts
165(1)
Interpretive communities
166(3)
Interpretations
169(3)
Different literary genres
172(4)
Sample student essay
176(6)
Writing Creative Nonfiction
182(10)
Lists
182(1)
Snapshots
183(2)
Playful sentences
185(2)
Repetition/refrain
187(1)
Double voice
188(4)
Writing Essay Examinations
192(7)
Understanding questions
192(2)
Writing good answers
194(5)
PART 4 Revising
199(30)
The Revising Process
200(7)
Understanding revising ESL
200(1)
Planning
201(1)
Revising strategies
202(5)
Focused Revising
207(13)
Limiting
208(2)
Adding
210(2)
Switching
212(2)
Transforming
214(2)
Experimenting
216(4)
Responding to Writing and Peer Review
220(9)
Asking for help
220(2)
Giving responses ESL
222(1)
Writing responses
223(1)
Responding through conferences
224(1)
Responding in writing groups
225(4)
PART 5 Presenting and Publishing
229(52)
Designing Documents
230(11)
Objectives of design
230(1)
Layout
231(2)
Typography
233(3)
Graphics
236(2)
Illustrations
238(3)
Writing for the Internet
241(12)
Writing for the Web
241(7)
E-mail, newsgroups, and instant messages
248(2)
Weblogs
250(3)
Writing for the World
253(12)
Reports
253(2)
Pamphlets and brochures
255(2)
Newsletters
257(2)
Press releases
259(1)
Advocacy
260(5)
Portfolios and Publishing Class Books
265(10)
Writing portfolios
265(1)
Course portfolios
266(2)
Story portfolios
268(4)
Publishing class books
272(3)
Making Oral Presentations
275(6)
The assignment
275(1)
Speaking texts
276(1)
Speaking in public
277(1)
Creative options
278(3)
PART 6 Writing with Research
281(88)
Writing Research Papers
282(13)
Understanding research ESL
283(3)
Working with a thesis
286(1)
Keeping a research log
287(1)
Finding your way
288(7)
Conducting Library Research
295(16)
Planning library research
296(1)
Finding sources of information
297(8)
Taking notes
305(6)
Conducting Internet Research
311(10)
Search engines
311(3)
Limiting your search
314(1)
Search strategies
315(1)
E-mail, lists, and newsgroups
316(5)
Conducting Field Research
321(11)
Planning
322(2)
Interviewing ESL
324(3)
Surveying
327(2)
Observing
329(3)
Evaluating Research Sources
332(14)
Evaluating library sources
332(4)
Evaluating Internet sources
336(6)
Evaluating field sources
342(4)
Using Research Sources
346(21)
Controlling sources
346(1)
Organizing sources
347(1)
Integrating information
348(6)
Paraphrasing and summarizing ESL
354(6)
Incorporating visual images
360(7)
Avoiding Plagiarism
367(2)
What plagiarism is
364(1)
What plagiarism is not
365(1)
Recognizing and avoiding plagiarism
366(3)
PART 7 Writing in the Disciplines
369(124)
Understanding the College Curriculum
370(6)
Differences among disciplines
370(2)
Similarities among disciplines
372(4)
MLA: Writing in Languages and Literature
376(44)
Aims
376(2)
Style
378(1)
Writing about texts
378(1)
MLA style: Documenting sources
379(5)
Conventions for list of Works Cited
384(26)
Sample MLA research paper
410(10)
APA: Writing in the Social Sciences
420(35)
Aims
420(1)
Style
421(1)
Writing about texts
421(2)
APA style: Documenting sources
423(20)
Sample APA research paper
443(12)
CMS: Writing in the Humanities
455(18)
Aims
455(1)
Style
456(1)
Writing about texts
456(1)
CMS style: Documenting sources
457(13)
Sample page with endnotes
470(1)
Sample page with footnotes
471(2)
Writing in the Physical Sciences
473(9)
Aims
473(1)
Style
474(1)
Writing about texts
475(2)
Number systems: Documenting sources
477(5)
Writing in Business
482(11)
Aims
482(1)
Style
483(1)
Common forms of writing in business
483(9)
Documentation and format conventions
492(1)
PART 8 Editing
493(364)
Editing For Effectiveness
494(1)
The Editing Process
495(16)
Editing techniques ESL
497(6)
The meaning of ``error''
503(1)
Working with others
503(1)
Editing on a computer
504(2)
Proofreading ESL
506(2)
Editing when English is your second language ESL
508(1)
Using Part Eight
509(2)
Shaping Paragraphs
511(12)
Unity
511(2)
Organization
513(4)
Coherence
517(6)
Improving Openings and Conclusions
523(14)
Engaging openings
523(4)
Strong openings
527(3)
Satisfying conclusions
530(3)
Strong conclusions
533(4)
Strengthening Sentences
537(13)
Coordinating ideas ESL
537(5)
Using subordination ESL
542(3)
Using parallelism
545(5)
Creating Emphasis and Variety
550(13)
First and final positions
550(3)
Sentence length
553(2)
Sentence types ESL
555(4)
Sentence openings
559(1)
Deliberate repetition
559(1)
Elliptical constructions
560(3)
Building Vital Sentences
563(14)
Concrete, specific nouns
564(2)
Strong verbs
566(4)
Active or passive voice ESL
570(4)
Vital modifiers ESL
574(3)
Being Concise
577(12)
Vague generalities
578(1)
Idle words
579(1)
Simplifying grammatical constructions
580(2)
Redundancy ESL
582(2)
Pretentious language
584(1)
Euphemism
585(4)
Adjusting Tone
589(9)
Appropriate tone
589(2)
Point of view
591(2)
Level of formality
593(3)
Consistent tone
596(2)
Choosing the Right Word
598(23)
The history of English
598(2)
Using the dictionary and thesaurus ESL
600(5)
Expanding your vocabulary
605(2)
Connotations
607(3)
Confusing words
610(1)
Prepositions and particles ESL
610(6)
Slang, regionalisms, and jargon
616(1)
Figurative language
617(1)
Cliches
618(3)
Eliminating Biased Language
621(11)
Stereotypes
621(2)
Labels ESL
623(3)
Nonsexist language
626(5)
Grammar
631(1)
Eliminating Sentence Fragments
632(7)
Fragments lacking subjects or verbs ESL
632(3)
Dependent clause fragments
635(1)
Fragments for special effects
636(3)
Fixing Fused Sentences and Comma Splices
639(9)
Comma and a coordinating conjunction
641(1)
Adding a semicolon
641(2)
Colon
643(1)
Separate sentences
643(1)
Subordinating one dause
644(1)
Creating independent clauses
644(4)
Using Verbs Correctly
648(37)
Understanding forms
649(1)
Standard verb forms ESL
650(8)
Auxiliary verbs ESL
658(2)
Understanding tense
660(3)
Appropriate sequence
663(3)
Understanding mood
666(1)
Subjunctive mood
667(2)
Agreement
669(1)
Intervening words
670(1)
Subject following verb
671(1)
Linking verbs
672(1)
Making verbs agree with subjects joined by and
673(1)
Or, nor'
674(1)
Collective nouns ESL
675(1)
Indefinite pronouns ESL
676(3)
Who, which, that
679(1)
Amounts
680(1)
Noun phrases and clauses
680(1)
Titles, words used as words
680(1)
Subjects ending in -s
681(1)
Troublesome plurals ESL
681(4)
Using Modifiers Correctly
685(18)
Adjectives or adverbs ESL
685(3)
After linking verbs
688(1)
Confusing modifiers
688(2)
Double negatives ESL
690(2)
Comparatives and superlatives ESL
692(4)
Placing modifiers
696(2)
Dangling modifiers
698(1)
Disruptive modifiers ESL
699(4)
Using Pronouns Correctly
703(28)
Clear antecedents
703(3)
Explicit antecedents ESL
706(2)
It, they, you
708(1)
Who, which, that
709(2)
Unneeded pronouns
711(1)
Agreement ESL
712(1)
Joined by and
713(1)
Joined by or, nor
714(1)
Collective nouns
714(1)
Indefinite antecedents
715(3)
Choosing case
718(1)
And, or, nor
719(3)
Appositive pronouns
722(1)
Us, we
723(1)
Verbals
723(1)
Than, as
724(1)
Who, whom
725(3)
Reflexive pronouns
728(3)
Consistent and Complete Sentences
731(13)
Unnecessary shifts
731(7)
Mixed constructions
738(2)
Missing words
740(3)
Punctuation
743(1)
End Punctuation
744(6)
Periods
744(1)
Question marks
745(2)
Exclamation points
747(3)
Commas
750(22)
Coordinating conjunctions
751(2)
Introductory elements
753(1)
Nonrestrictive elements
754(3)
Parenthetical expressions and elements of contrast
757(1)
Tag sentences, direct address, and interjections
758(2)
Items in a series
760(1)
Coordinate adjectives
760(2)
Quotations
762(1)
Numbers, dates, names, and places
763(2)
To prevent misreading
765(1)
Misuse
766(6)
Semicolons
772(6)
Between independent clauses
772(2)
In a series
774(4)
Colons
778(4)
Marks of introduction
778(2)
Marks of separation
780(2)
Apostrophes
782(9)
Possessive nouns and indefinite pronouns
782(3)
Plurals of Words used as words, letters, numbers, and symbols
785(1)
Omission of letters
786(5)
Quotation Marks
791(10)
Direct quotations
792(2)
Dialogue
794(1)
Titles
795(2)
Translations, special terms, irony, and nicknames
797(1)
With other punctuation
798(3)
Other Punctuation
801(12)
Parentheses
801(3)
Dashes
804(2)
Ellipsis points
806(2)
Brackets ESL
808(2)
Slashes
810(2)
Mechanics
812(1)
Spelling
813(14)
Confusing words ESL
813(5)
Spelling rules
818(9)
Capitalization
827(8)
First word of a sentence
827(1)
Quotations and lines of poetry
828(1)
Proper nouns
829(3)
Titles
832(3)
Hyphenation
835(6)
Ends of lines
835(1)
Prefixes
836(1)
Compound words
837(1)
Numbers, fractions, and units of measure
838(3)
Italics
841(4)
Titles
841(1)
Individual trains, ships, airplanes, and spacecraft
842(1)
For emphasis
842(1)
Words, numerals, and letters used as words
843(1)
Foreign words
843(2)
Numbers and Abbreviations
845(12)
Figures and words
845(2)
Conventional uses ESL
847(2)
In nontechnical texts
849(1)
Titles and degrees
849(1)
Time, dates, amounts, and symbols
850(1)
Geographic names
851(2)
Latin terms
853(1)
Initials and acronyms ESL
853(4)
PART 9 Glossaries
857(42)
Glossary of Terms
858(23)
Glossary of Usage
881(18)
Credits 899(2)
ESL Index 901(2)
Index 903


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