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Rules of Thumbis a concise, user-friendly, and affordable handbook developed around students' real writing needs. An invaluable companion for writers at all levels, it gives students the advice they need on writing, research, grammar, and style in a clear and engaging voice. Reflecting the most current APA documentation styles, the eighth edition remains the ideal handbook for improving grammar without overwhelming student writers with specialized terminology.
Table of Contents
The Meaning of "Rule of Thumb"
How to Use Rules of Thumb
PART 1: THE BASICS: SPELLING, PUNCTUATION, AND GRAMMAR
A Word about Correctness
Commonly Confused Words
One Word or Two?
Abbreviations and Numbers
I vs. Me, She vs. Her, He vs. Him, Who vs. Whom
Recognizing Complete Sentences
Run-on Sentences and Sentence Fragments
Feature: Using but, however, although
Dashes and Parentheses
Titles: Underlines, Italics, or Quotation Marks
Shifting Verb Tenses
Word Endings: -s and -ed
Mixed Sentence Patterns
PART 2: PUTTING A PAPER TOGETHER
What to Do When You're Stuck
Addressing Your Audience
Writing with a Thesis
Arguing for Your Position
Finding an Organization for Your Essay
Paragraphs--Long and Short
How to Make a Paper Longer (and When to Make It Shorter)
How to Work on a Second Draft
Shortcuts for "Word"
Format of College Papers
Special Case: Writing an Essay in Class
Special Case: Writing about Literature
PART 3: THE RESEARCH PAPER
Seven Steps to a Research Paper
How to Conduct Research
Feature: Tips for Fact-Checking
Going Beyond Google and Wikipedia
Feature: When You Find Too Few or Too Many Sources
Writing the Research Paper
Feature: PowerPoint Presentations
What Is Documentation?
Feature: Where to Find Specific Entries for Works Cited, References, and Bibliography