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The Modern Writer's Handbook

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Edition:
5th
ISBN13:

9780205298990

ISBN10:
0205298990
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
7/1/1999
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall

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Summary

Focusing on academic writing, this handbook offers guidelines covering such topics as the correct use of style, grammar, and sentence form

Table of Contents

Preface xix
PART I THE PROCESS OF WRITING
Preparing to Write: Prewriting
2(16)
Finding a Topic
3(2)
Generating Content
5(7)
Determining the Purpose
12(2)
Identifying an Audience
14(3)
Checklist: Analyzing Audience and Purpose
16(1)
Considering the Writer's Role
17(1)
Planning and Drafting
18(15)
Focusing the Topic: A Working Thesis
18(5)
Planning the Paper
23(5)
Checklist: Planning the First Draft
24(4)
Writing the First Draft
28(2)
Checklist: Drafting Strategies
29(1)
Sample First Draft
30(3)
Improving the First Draft: Revision
33(20)
Revising from the Top Down
34(3)
Checklist: Revising Content and Organization
35(2)
Revising for Style
37(2)
Getting Feedback: Peer Review
39(5)
Checklist: Reviewing a Draft
40(4)
Editing and Proofreading
44(4)
Checklist: Editing and Proofreading
45(3)
Sample Final Draft
48(5)
Building Coherent Paragraphs
53(39)
Unity
56(10)
Organizational Strategies
66(4)
Patterns of Development
70(9)
Transition
79(4)
Transitional Paragraphs
83(1)
Paragraphs of Introduction
84(4)
Concluding Paragraphs
88(4)
PART II READING CRITICALLY AND WRITING LOGICALLY
Being a Critical Reader
92(5)
Active Reading
92(3)
Making Inferences
95(1)
Evaluating Texts
96(1)
Writing Arguments
97(21)
Building an Effective Argument
97(6)
Sample Argument
103(2)
Using Deductive and Inductive Reasoning
105(2)
Avoiding Logical Fallacies
107(11)
PART III GRAMMAR
Basic Sentence Grammar
118(10)
Sentence Patterns
118(2)
Subjects
120(2)
Predicates
122(2)
Complements
124(4)
Word Classes: The Parts of Speech
128(25)
Form-Class Words
129(1)
Nouns
129(2)
Verbs
131(5)
Verbals
136(2)
Adjectives
138(1)
Adverbs
139(2)
Structure-Class Words
141(1)
Pronouns
141(5)
Determiners
146(1)
Qualifiers
147(1)
Prepositions
147(2)
Conjunctions
149(2)
Expletives
151(2)
Phrases, Clauses, and Sentences
153(11)
Phrases
153(1)
Prepositional Phrases
153(1)
Verbal Phrases
154(1)
Clauses
155(1)
Independent Clauses
156(1)
Dependent Clauses and Subordination
156(3)
Sentences
159(1)
Types of Sentences
159(5)
PART IV SENTENCE FORM
Fragments
164(5)
Fragments Lacking a Subject
164(1)
Fragments Lacking a Predicate
165(1)
Phrase Fragments
166(1)
Dependent Clause Fragments
167(1)
Intentional Fragments
168(1)
Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
169(5)
Comma Splices
170(1)
Fused Sentences
171(3)
Verb Forms
174(16)
Principal Parts for Regular and Irregular Verbs
174(4)
Verb Forms for Tense, Voice, and Mood
178(8)
Appropriate Forms for Troublesome Verbs
186(4)
Subject-Verb Agreement
190(10)
Compound Subjects
191(1)
Intervening Phrases or Clauses
192(1)
Collective Nouns
193(1)
Nouns Plural in Form but Singular in Meaning
194(1)
Indefinite and Relative Pronoun Subjects
194(3)
Titles
197(1)
Units of Measurement, Time, and Money
197(1)
Inverted Sentence Order
197(1)
Agreement with Subject, Not Subject Complement
198(2)
Pronouns: Agreement, Reference, and Usage
200(9)
Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
201(3)
Pronoun Reference
204(3)
Pronoun Usage
207(2)
Pronoun Case
209(9)
Subjective, Possessive, and Objective
209(9)
Adjectives and Adverbs
218(8)
Misused Adjective Forms
218(1)
Misused Adverb Forms
219(3)
Comparative and Superlative Forms of Adjectives and Adverbs
222(3)
Double Negatives
225(1)
Shifts and Mixed Constructions
226(10)
Shifts
226(1)
In Number
226(1)
In Person
227(1)
In Voice
228(1)
In Mood
229(1)
In Verb Tense
230(1)
Tense with Clauses
231(1)
Tense with Infinitives
232(1)
Tense with Participles
233(1)
Mixed Constructions
234(1)
Mixed Sentence Structure
234(2)
Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers
236(5)
Dangling Modifiers
236(1)
Misplaced Modifiers
237(2)
Squinting Modifiers
239(2)
Sentence Completeness
241(5)
Faulty Predication
241(2)
False Comparisons
243(1)
Incomplete Comparisons
244(1)
Ambiguous Comparisons
244(1)
Omitted Comparative Words
245(1)
English as a Second Language
246(26)
Nouns, Articles, and Other Determiners
247(6)
Adjectives, Adverbs, and Qualifiers
253(3)
Verb Forms
256(10)
Verbs in Sentences
266(6)
PART V CLEAR SENTENCES
Coordination, Subordination, and Parallelism
272(10)
Coordination
272(2)
Subordination
274(4)
Parallelism
278(4)
Conciseness
282(8)
Wordiness and Repetition
283(3)
Flowery Language
286(1)
Directness of Assertion
287(3)
Variety and Emphasis
290(16)
Variety of Sentence Structure
291(9)
Emphasizing Important Elements
300(6)
PART VI DICTION AND STYLE
Appropriate Word Choice
306(8)
Slang
308(1)
Colloquialisms
309(1)
Jargon
310(1)
Gobbledygook
311(3)
Sexist and Biased Language
314(7)
Sexist Language
314(4)
Biased Language
318(3)
Exact Word Choice
321(9)
Specific and General Words
321(1)
Concrete and Abstract Words
322(2)
Denotation and Connotation
324(6)
PART VII PUNCTUATION, MECHANICS, AND SPELLING
End Punctuation
330(5)
The Period
330(2)
The Question Mark
332(1)
The Exclamation Point
333(2)
The Comma
335(19)
Between Coordinate Elements
335(4)
After Introductory Words, Phrases, and Clauses
339(2)
Before Certain Terminal Elements
341(2)
Around Interrupting Elements
343(6)
Unnecessary Commas
349(5)
The Semicolon
354(5)
Between Independent Clauses
355(1)
Between Items in a Series
356(1)
Misused Semicolons
357(2)
The Colon
359(4)
Before Elements Introduced Formally
359(1)
Before Formal Appositives
360(1)
Between Two Independent Clauses
360(1)
In Salutations and Bibliographical Entries
361(1)
Misused Colons
361(2)
The Dash
363(2)
With an Introductory Series
363(1)
With Parenthetical Elements
364(1)
With Terminal Elements
364(1)
Parentheses
365(3)
With Incidental Comments and Additional Information
366(1)
With Items in a Series
367(1)
With Other Punctuation Marks
367(1)
Brackets
368(3)
With Inserted Information
368(1)
With Parentheses
369(2)
Quotation Marks
371(7)
For Direct Quotations
371(1)
Block Quotations
372(2)
For Quotations within Quotations
374(1)
For Titles of Short Works
374(1)
With Other Punctuation Marks
374(2)
Misused Quotation Marks
376(2)
Ellipsis Points and the Slash
378(2)
Ellipsis Points
378(1)
The Slash
379(1)
Italics or Underlining
380(3)
For Titles
380(1)
For Words
381(2)
The Apostrophe
383(6)
In Possessive Forms
383(3)
In Plural Forms
386(1)
For Omissions
387(1)
In Contractions
387(2)
The Hyphen
389(5)
In Compound Nouns
389(1)
In Compound Adjectives
389(2)
In Compound Numbers and Fractions
391(1)
With Prefixes and Suffixes
391(1)
For Word Division at the End of a Line
392(2)
Abbreviations
394(5)
For Titles or Designations
394(2)
For Acronyms and Organizational Abbreviations
396(1)
In Dates and Numbers
396(2)
Avoiding Unconventional Abbreviations
398(1)
Numbers
399(3)
Numbers versus Words in Sentences
399(1)
For Conventional Identifications
400(2)
Capitalization
402(6)
First Words of Sentences or Verses
402(1)
Titles, Names, and Words Based on Names
403(3)
Conventional Capitalization
406(2)
Spelling
408(10)
Doubling the Final Consonant
408(1)
Dropping or Keeping the Silent e
409(1)
Changing or Keeping a Final y
410(1)
Choosing between ei and ie
410(1)
Forming Noun Plurals
411(1)
Distinguishing among Homophones
412(6)
PART VIII THE RESEARCH PAPER
Selecting and Limiting a Topic
418(5)
Limiting Your Topic
419(1)
Exploring Resources
420(1)
Exploring Purpose
421(1)
Exploring Scope
422(1)
Doing Research
423(20)
Scheduling Your Research Paper
423(2)
Finding Information
425(14)
Primary and Secondary Sources of Information
439(1)
Compiling a Working Bibliography
440(3)
Checklist: Evaluating Primary and Secondary Sources
441(2)
Writing the Research Paper
443(16)
Taking Notes
443(5)
Prewriting
448(1)
Formulating a Preliminary Thesis and Constructing a Working Outline
448(3)
Constructing a Formal Outline
451(1)
Writing and Revising the Paper
452(1)
Avoiding Plagiarism
453(6)
Checklist: Revising Your Research Paper
454(4)
Checklist: Avoiding Plagiarism
458(1)
Documenting Sources---MLA Style
459(18)
Preparing the List of Works Cited
459(3)
Sample MLA Works Cited Entries
462(9)
Sample In-Text Parenthetical Citations---MLA Style
471(5)
Content Notes
476(1)
Documenting Sources---APA and Other Styles
477(12)
Preparing the List of References
477(2)
Sample APA References
479(4)
Sample In-Text Parenthetical Citations---APA Style
483(2)
Other Documentation Styles
485(4)
Sample Research Papers
489(39)
Sample MLA Paper
489(17)
Sample APA Paper
506(22)
PART IX ACADEMIC AND BUSINESS WRITING
Writing in the Humanities and about Literature
528(13)
Writing about Literature
529(7)
Checklist: Literary Topics
533(3)
Sample Literary Analysis
536(5)
Writing in the Social, Natural, and Applied Sciences
541(11)
Writing in the Social Sciences
541(4)
Writing in the Natural Sciences
545(4)
Writing in the Applied Sciences
549(3)
Writing Essay Examinations
552(7)
Preparing for the Examination
552(1)
Evaluating the Question and Timing Yourself
553(1)
Deciding on a Response Strategy
554(1)
Planning and Prewriting
555(1)
Drafting Your Response
555(1)
Revising
556(1)
Sample Eassay Examination Response
556(3)
Checklist: Strategies for Taking Essay Examinations
558(1)
Writing for Business
559(15)
The Memo
559(2)
The Business Letter
561(7)
The Facsimile Transaction
568(1)
The Resume
569(5)
Glossary of Usage 574(17)
Glossary of Grammatical Terms 591(16)
The User's Self-Help Section 607(14)
Index 621


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