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Rules of Thumb: A Guide for Writers With 1999 Mla Updates,9780072291957

Rules of Thumb: A Guide for Writers With 1999 Mla Updates

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780072291957

ISBN10:
0072291958
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/1999
Publisher(s):
McGraw-Hill College
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Summary

Brevity and practicality are the hallmarks of "Rules of Thumb," Reflecting the most current MLA, APA, and Chicago documentation styles, the seventh edition remains the ideal handbook for improving grammar without overwhelming student writers with specialized terminology.. .

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
How to Use Rules of Thumb vii
PART 1: CORRECTNESS
A Word About Correctness
2(1)
Confusing Words [to and too, their and there]
3(5)
One Word or Two? [a lot]
8(3)
Spelling (ie or ei? One p or two?]
11(3)
Capitalization
14(2)
Abbreviations and Numbers
16(2)
Apostrophes ['s]
18(1)
Consistent Pronouns [he or she, they, one]
19(3)
Correct Pronouns [I vs. me]
22(2)
Vague Pronouns [which, it, this, that, and who]
24(2)
Recognizing Complete Sentences
26(3)
Sentence Fragments and Run-on Sentences
29(6)
Commas [,]
35(2)
Semicolons [;]
37(1)
Colons [:]
38(1)
Dashes and Parentheses [---()]
39(2)
Quotation Marks [`` '']
41(4)
Underlining or Quoting Titles
45(1)
Verb Tenses
46(5)
Shifting Verb Tenses [moved, had moved]
51(2)
Verb Agreement
53(1)
Word Endings: s and ed
54(2)
Tangled Sentences [Parallel Structure, Danglers]
56(5)
PART 2: PUTTING A PAPER TOGETHER
What to Do When You're Stuck
61(4)
Finding an Organization for Your Essay
65(3)
How to Work on a Second Draft
68(2)
How to Make a Paper Longer (and When to Make It Shorter)
70(2)
Introductions and Conclusions
72(3)
Paragraphs---Long and Short
75(3)
Transitions
78(2)
Proofreading Tips
80(5)
PART 3: MEETING SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENTS
Format of College Papers
85(3)
Writing in Class
88(3)
Writing About Literature
91(4)
How to Quote From Your Sources
95(2)
Using the College Library and the Internet
97(7)
Writing Research Papers
104(7)
Plagiarism (Cheating)
111(1)
Documentation
112(17)
PART 4: WRITING WITH ELEGANCE
Keeping a Journal
129(3)
Finding Your Voice
132(1)
Adding Details
133(2)
Recognizing Cliches
135(2)
Eliminating Biased Language
137(2)
Trimming Wordiness
139(3)
Varying Your Sentences
142(5)
Postscript 147(1)
About the Authors 148(1)
Index 149


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