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  • Writing from A to Z : The Easy-To-Use Reference Handbook
    Writing from A to Z : The Easy-To-Use Reference Handbook


The familiarity of this handbook makes it one of the easiest for students to use. Why? Students using this text do not need a specialized "code" of organization that requires them to know established categories of writing information and instruction such as usage, grammar, and style. Instead, because the entries in A to Z are familiar and intuitive, students need only turn to a letter of the alphabet to find the appropriate entry that will answer their questions and provide examples. Easy-to-use cross-references also direct students to additional information.

Table of Contents

Front Matter

Brief Contents

Contents by Topic Area

To the Instructor

To the Student: How to Use This Book


Overview of Composing Processes

Assessing the Rhetorical Situation

Elements Of The Rhetorical Situation



Tips for Prewriting on the Computer

Development Strategies

Journalists Questions

Burkes Pentad

Methods of Development


The Thesis


Tips for Drafting on the Computer


Large-Scale Concerns

Small-Scale Concerns

Tips for Revising on the Computer

Getting Feedback

General Guidelines for Peer Response
Peer Response Guidelines for Specific Kinds of Writing


Sentence Structure

Word Choice

Clarity and Conciseness



Tips for Editing on the Computer


Tips for Proofreading
Checklist for Composing


Overview of Research Writing

Research and Composing Processes

Checklist for Writing a Research Paper

The Research Writers Responsibilities

Use Sources That Strengthen Your Credibility

Use Sources Appropriately and Effectively

Verbs Used in Signal Phrases

Avoid Plagiarism

Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism

Gathering Information from Sources

Libraries and Librarians

The World of Sources

Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

Popular and Scholarly Sources

A Comparison of Scholarly and Popular Sources

Print and Electronic Sources

Reference Works for Background Reading

Specialized Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Biographical Dictionaries and Indexes

Almanacs and Yearbooks


Making a List of Subject Headings or Keywords

Creating a Working Bibliography

What to Include in a Working Bibliography

Figure RP-1. Bibliography for a book

Figure RP-2. Bibliography for a periodical

Figure RP-3. Web page with header and footer

Evaluating Sources

Taking Notes


Figure RP-4. Summary note


Figure RP-5. Paraphrase note


Figure RP-6. Quotation note


Figure RP-7. Sample search result from periodical index

Newspaper and Magazine Indexes on the Internet

Specialized Indexes and Databases

The Library Catalog

Figure RP-8. Online library catalog entry

Library Classification Systems

Interlibrary Loans and Publishing Bibliographies

Internet Searches: The Research Writers Guide

Finding Good Sources on the Web

How to Evaluate the Reliability of Internet Sources

Experiment with Keywords

Search Engine Strategies

Search Terms

Subject Directories

Electronic Newsgroups and Mailing Lists

Netiquette for Newsgroups and Mailing Lists

Documentation and Manuscript Form

MLA Style

Guide to MLA Style

MLA In-Text Citations

MLA Information Notes

MLA List of Works Cited



Electronic Sources: Directory of MLA Models

Other Sources

MLA Manuscript Form

Sample MLA Research Paper

APA Style

Key Changes in the Fifth Edition of the APA Publication Manual

Guide to APA Style

APA In-Text Citations

APA Reference List



Government and Legal Print Sources

Electronic Sources

Audiovisual Media

APA Manuscript Form

Sample APA Manuscript Pages

CMS Style

Guide to CMS Style

CMS Documentary Notes

CMS Shortened Notes

CMS Bibliography

CMS Manuscript Form

Sample CMS Manuscript Pages

CSE Style

Guide to CSE Style

CSE In-Text Citation Numbers

CSE Numbered List of References

CSE Manuscript Form

Sample CSE Manuscript Pages

WRITING FROM A TO Z: The Alphabetical Entries


ESL Index

Full Index

Revision Symbols [inside back cover]

Directory of Figures [inside back flap]

Directory of Boxes [outside back flap]

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