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Lester Faigley understands how students learn best.The design and approach ofThe Brief Penguin Handbookstarted with ideas and suggestions from real students, and thus it is uniquely successful when it comes to giving students the information they need in a format they will actually use. This handbook continues to innovate in its design as well as its content to make handbook topics accessible. The third edition does this with enhanced visual examples, a new section on writing across the curriculum, more student samples than ever, and expanded documentation coverage including a new five-step guide to the documentation process. Research coverage has also been augmented to acknowledge that students begin their research online rather than in the library, and new "staying on track" boxes have been added to help students check themselves and avoid getting lost in the writing process.

Table of Contents

Planning, Drafting, and Revising
Think as a Writer
Think about the process of communication
Think about how to persuade others
Think about your audience
Think about your credibility
Think about your purpose
Plan and Draft
Think about the expectations of college readers
Establish your goals
Explore your topic
Write a working thesis
Plan a strategy
Compose a draft
Write as a member of a team
Compose Paragraphs
Focus your paragraphs
Organize your paragraphs
Make your paragraphs coherent
Consider paragraph length
Link across paragraphs
Write effective beginning and ending paragraphs
Rewrite, Edit, and Proofread
Switch from writer to reader
Learn strategies for rewriting
Respond to other writers' drafts
Edit for particular goals
Proofread carefully
Learn to edit the writing of others
Writing for Different Purposes
Read and View with a Critical Eye
Become a critical reader
Read actively
Recognize verbal fallacies
Become a critical viewer
Recognize visual fallacies
Write to Analyze
Understand the goal of a rhetorical analysis
Analyze the context and the text
Organize and write a rhetorical analysis
Sample rhetorical analysis
Analyze images and other visual texts
Write to Reflect
Find a reflective topic
Identify a focus
Organize and write a reflection
Sample reflective essay
Write to Inform
Find an informative topic
Narrow your topic and write a thesis
Organize and write an informative essay
Sample informative essay
Write Arguments
Position arguments and proposal arguments
Find an arguable topic
Make an arguable claim
Organize and write a position argument
Sample position argument
Organize and write a proposal argument
Sample proposal arguments
Writing in the Disciplines
Learn to Write in Academic Disciplines
Become an academic writer
What counts as evidence in the disciplines?
Write in Specific Genres
Write an essay examination
Write an observation
Write a case study
Write a lab report in the sciences
Write a letter of application
Write a résumé
Write about Literature
Become a critical reader of literature
Develop an interpretation
Write a literary analysis
Sample literary analysis
Designing and Presenting
Communicate with Words, Images, and Graphics
Write in multimedia
Think about verbal and visual relationships
Know where images and graphics work best
Know where words work best
Design for Print and the Screen
Start with your readers
Design pages
Choose type
Compose images
Edit images
Create tables, charts, and graphs
Design a Web site
Design Presentations
Plan a presentation
Design visuals for a presentation
Deliver an effective presentation
Plan Your Research
Analyze the research task
Find a topic
Determine what kind of research you need
Draft a working thesis
Start a working bibliography
Find and Evaluate Sources in Databases
Know the strengths of database sources
Find information in databases
Construct effective database searches
Evaluate database sources
Locate elements of a citation in database sources
Find and Evaluate Sources on the Web
Know the strengths and weaknesses of Web sources
Find reliable Web sources
Construct effective Web searches
Find visual sources online
Evaluate Web sources
Locate elements of a citation in Web sources
Find and Evaluate Print Sources
Know the strengths of print sources
Find books
Find journal articles
Evaluate print sources
Locate elements of a citation in print sources
Plan Field Research
Know what you can obtain from field research
Conduct interviews
Administer surveys
Make observations
Incorporate Sources and Avoid Plagiarism
Understand the purposes of sources
Incorporate sources
Avoid plagiarism
Quote sources without plagiarizing
Summarize and paraphrase sources without plagiarizing
Write and Revise the Research Project
Revisit your research
Plan your organization
Write a draft
Select and introduce quotations
Review your draft
Revise, revise, revise
Documenting Five Steps for Documenting Sources
Which documentation style do I use?
What kind of source am I using?
When do I cite sources?
How do I cite a source in my paper?
How do I cite sources at the end of my paper?
MLA Documentation
In-text citations in MLA style
Books in MLA-style works cited
Journals and magazines
Government documents, pamphlets, dissertations, and letters
Library database publications
Online publications
CD-ROM, software, and unedited online sources
Visual sources
Multimedia sources
Informational notes
Sample research paper with MLA documentation
APA Documentation
In-text citations in APA style
Books and nonperiodical sources in the APA-style references list
Periodical sources
Online sources
Visual, computer, and multimedia sources
Sample paper with APA documentation
CMS Documentation
Books and nonperiodical sources in CMS-style citations
Periodical sources
Online and computer sources
Multimedia sources
Sample pages with CMS documentation
CSE Documentation
In-text citations in CSE style
Books and nonperiodical sources in CSE-style references
Periodical sources
Online sources
Sample pages with CSE documentation
Effective Style and Language
Write with Power
Pay attention to verbs
Stay active
Find agents
Vary your sentences
Give your writing personality
Write Concisely
Eliminate unnecessary words
Reduce wordy phrases
Simplify tangled sentences
Write with Emphasis
Manage emphasis in sentences
Forge links across sentences
Use parallel structure with parallel ideas
Use parallel structure with lists
Use parallel structure in paragraphs
Find the Right Words
Be aware of levels of formality
Be aware of denotation and connotation
Use specific language
Use effective figurative language
Write to Be Inclusive
Be aware of stereotypes
Be inclusive about gender
Be inclusive about race and ethnicity
Be inclusive about other differences
Recognize international varieties of English
Understanding Grammar
Grammar Basics
Sentence basics
Word classes
Sentence types
Fragments, Run-ons, and Comma Splices
Run-on sentences
Comma splices
Subject-Verb Agreement
Agreement in the present tense
Singular and plural subjects
Indefinite pronouns as subjects
Collective nouns as subjects
Inverted word order
Amounts, numbers, and pairs
Basic verb forms
Irregular verbs
Transitive and intransitive verbs
Shifts in tense
Shifts in mood
Pronoun case
Pronoun agreement
Problems with pronouns and gender
Vague reference
Choose the correct modifier
Place adjectives carefully
Place adverbs carefully
Revise disruptive modifiers
Revise dangling modifiers
Understanding Punctuation and Mechanics
Commas with introductory elements
Commas with compound clauses
Commas with nonrestrictive modifiers
Commas with items in a series
Commas with coordinate adjectives
Commas with quotations
Commas with dates, numbers, titles, and addresses
Unnecessary commas
Semicolons and Colons
Semicolons with closely related main clauses
Semicolons together with commas
Colons in sentences
Colons with lists
Hyphens with compound modifiers
Hyphens with compound nouns
Hyphens that divide words at the ends of lines
Hyphens for clarity
Dashes and Parentheses
Dashes and parentheses versus commas
Dashes and parentheses to set off information
Other punctuation with parentheses
Other punctuation with dashes
Contractions and omitted letters
Plurals of letters, symbols, and words referred to as words
Quotation Marks
Direct quotations
Titles of short works
Other uses of quotation marks
Misuses of quotation marks
Other punctuation with quotation marks
Other Punctuation Marks
Question marks
Exclamation points
Write with Accurate Spelling
Know the limitations of spelling checkers
Distinguish homonyms
Capitalization and Italics
Capital letters
Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Numbers
If English is not your First Language
Write in a Second Language
Understand the demands of writing in a second language
Use your native language as a resource
Use dictionaries
Understand English idioms
Nouns, Articles, and Prepositions
Kinds of nouns
Count and noncount nouns
Singular and plural forms
Types of verbs
Be verbs
Modal auxiliary verbs
Verbs and infinitives
Verbs and -ing verbals
Conditional sentences
Participial adjectives
Phrasal verbs
English Sentence Structure
English word order
Placement of modifiers
Adjectives with prepositions
Glossary of Grammatical Terms and Usage
Index to Exercises
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