9780872205734

The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing

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  • ISBN13:

    9780872205734

  • ISBN10:

    0872205738

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/1/2003
  • Publisher: Hackett Pub Co Inc
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Summary

Engagingly written and filled with judicious examples, this short, practical, inexpensive handbook combines advice on writing clearly and plainly, structuring a piece of argumentative writing, and avoiding grammatical and other common mechanical errors -- including those in quoting and citing.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
1 Concision 1(9)
The Pompous Style at School
3(7)
2 Clarity 10(12)
1. Choose Verbs over Nominalizations
13(2)
2. Choose Active Verbs over Linking Verbs
15(1)
3. Choose the Active Voice over the Passive Voice
16(4)
Clarity and Honesty
20(2)
3 Flow 22(12)
1. Use Consistent Characters
23(2)
2. Use Pronouns and Other Pointers
25(2)
3. Use Punch Lines
27(3)
4. Use Conjunctions and Other Linking Words
30(4)
4 Punctuation 34(12)
Commas and Comma Splices
35(4)
Semicolons
39(2)
Colons
41(1)
Dashes
42(1)
Parentheses
43(1)
Questions
44(2)
5 Gracefulness 46(10)
1. The Historical Present
47(1)
2. Appositives
48(2)
3. Parallelism
50(3)
4. Tricolors
53(1)
5. Concession
53(2)
6. Qualification
55(1)
6 Using Sources 56(13)
Winning Your Audience's Trust
57(2)
Weaving Sources into Your Prose
59(2)
Quoting Effectively
61(8)
7 Paragraphs 69
The Function of Paragraphs
69(2)
Opening Sentences
71(3)
Designing Paragraphs
74
Sections
71
8 Beginnings and Endings 18(68)
Beginnings
78(4)
Endings
82(2)
Last Thought
84(2)
Appendix: Documentation and Citation Formats 86(17)
Generic Formats
86(2)
CMS, MLA, and APA Style Guide
88(15)
Works Cited 103

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