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Brevity and practicality are the hallmarks of Rules of Thumb. Reflecting the most current MLA, APA, and CMS documentation styles, the sixth 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: Correctness
A Word about Correctness
Commonly Confused Words
One Word or Two?
Abbreviations and Numbers
Recognizing Complete Sentences
Period or Comma? 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
Part 2: Putting a Paper Together
What to Do When You're Stuck
Addressing Your Audience
Writing a Thesis
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
How to Start a Research Project
Three Essential Research Skills
Feature: When You Find Too Few or Too Many Sources