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Rules of Thumb: A Guide for Writers

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Edition:
5th
ISBN13:

9780072515794

ISBN10:
0072515791
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
9/1/2001
Publisher(s):
McGraw-Hill College

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Summary

Brevity and practicality are the hallmarks of Rules of Thumb, the reference handbook that students turn to, again and again, throughout their college and professional lives.Rules of Thumb offers advice on the writing and research process, as well as specific guidance on punctuation, mechanics, usage, and a wide variety of common assignments.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

How to Use Rules of Thumb

New to the Fifth Edition of Rules of Thumb

Part One: Correctness

A Word about Correctness

Confusing Words

One Word or Two?

Spelling

Capitalization

Abbreviations and Numbers

Apostrophes

Consistent Pronouns

Correct Pronouns

Vague Pronouns

Recognizing Complete Sentences

Run-On Sentences and Sentence Fragments

Commas

Semicolons

Colons

Dashes and Parentheses

Quotation Marks

Underlines

Shifting Verb Tenses

Verb Agreement

Word Endings: s and ed

Tangled Sentences

Part Two: Putting a Paper Together

What to do When You're Stuck

Addressing Your Audience

Writing in Class

Finding an Organzation for Your Essay

Introductions

Paragraphs-Long and Short

Transitions

Conclusions

How to Make a Paper Longer(and When to Make it Shorter)

How to Work on a Second Draft

Proofreading Tips

Format of College Papers

Part Three: The Research Paper

How to Start a Research Project

Three Essential Research Skills

Feature: When You Find Too Many or Too Few Sources

Getting Information at the Library

Getting Information Online

Feature: Sizing Up a Website

Writing the Research Paper

Writing about Literature

Plagirism (Cheating)

Documentation: The MLA Style

Documentation: The APA Style

Documentation: The Chicago Style(Footnotes)

Part Four: Growing as a Writer

Keeping a Journal

Adding Details

Recognizing Cliches

Eliminating Offensive Language

Trimming Wordiness

Using Strong Verbs

Varying Your Sentences

Finding Your Voice



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