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Quick Access, Reference for Writers (with MyCompLab NEW with E-Book Student Access Code Card),9780131952263

Quick Access, Reference for Writers (with MyCompLab NEW with E-Book Student Access Code Card)

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Quick Find Road Map


If you sometimes feel a bit unsure as you write, try using the QUICK FIND ROADMAP to get you back on track to effective writing. The roadmap reflects some of the most common writing errors that frustrate writers.  To find the information you need, choose the item that best describes the issue you are facing and then turn to the pages referenced.



Write complete sentences instead of fragments.

Join independent clauses correctly by avoiding comma splices and run-ons.

Match grammatical forms within sentences to avoid shifts and keep sentences clear.

Make sentences with introductory phrases and with modifiers clear.

Know when to use its or it's.



Match subjects and verbs in number and person.

Match pronouns to the word or words they refer to.

Use correct verb endings.

Choose verbs that correctly express time in tense and form.

Describe relationships with the correct prepositions for time and place.



Use commas after introductory elements.

Use commas in compound sentences.

Use commas to set off nonrestrictive elements.

Do not use commas to set off restrictive elements.

Use commas with a series of three or more elements that share the same grammatical form.

Use apostrophes correctly.



Choose the best words for your meaning.

Make your writing to the point and concise.

Table of Contents

Thinking, Reading, and Writing Critically
Thinking Like a Writer
Why writing is important
Thinking like a writer
Situation, audience, and purpose
Critical thinking
Steps in critical thinking
Reading Critically
Critical reading
Steps in critical reading
Determining literal meaning
Making inferences
Making evaluations
Close and active reading
Systematic reading
Connecting critical reading to writing
Distinguishing Between Summary and Synthesis
Synthesizing multiple sources
Synthesizing one source
Viewing Images Critically
Viewing with a critical eye
Writing and Technology
Computers and writers
Creating documents
Finding resources
Managing your work
Communicating with others
Computers and forms of writing
Writing Process
The writing process
The purposes for writing
Informing a reader
Persuading a reader
The writerrsquo;s audience
Writing for a peer-response group
Writing for an instructor
Writing for a supervisor
The writerrsquo;s tone
The writing topic
Selecting your own topic
Narrowing or broadening an assigned topic
The writing situation
Finding ideas
Keeping a journal
Free writing
Asking and answering questions
Thesis statements
Writing a first draft
Overcoming writerrsquo;s block
Revising, Editing, and Proofreading
Revising strategies
Using my thesis statement and essay title to revise
Editing strategies
Proofreading strategies
Composing Paragraphs
Understanding paragraphs
Introductory paragraphs
Topic sentences
Starting with a topic sentence
Ending with a topic sentence
Implying a topic sentence
Supporting details
Coherent paragraphs
Using transitional expressions
Using deliberate repetition and parallelism
Body paragraphs
Composing a narration
Composing a description
Describing a process
Composing an example or illustration
Composing a definition
Composing a comparison and contrast
Composing an analysis
Composing a classification
Composing an analogy
Explaining cause and effect
Concluding paragraphs
Writing to Inform
Informative essays
Studentrsquo;s informative essay
Writing To Argue
Understanding argument
Choosing a topic and developing a claim
Supporting an argument
Types of appeals
Considering the evidence
Structuring an argument
Logical fallacies
Revising argument essays
Studentrsquo;s argument essay
An Overview of Writing Across the Curriculum
Writing across the curriculum
Writing about the humanities and literature
What the humanities are
Types of sources
Types of papers
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