The Basics: A Rhetoric and Handbook with Catalyst access card

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2004-01-07
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages

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This newly designed edition continues to include exercises throughout, a reference system unencumbered by complicated numbers and letters, a spiral-binding and tabs for easy reference, and simple and concise explanations of grammar and usage - all features that have made The Basics so popular. It also includes more coverage of the writing process (particularly paragraph development) than similar books do, as well as new material on critical reading and argument, oral presentations and essay exams, online design and working with computers, and fuller coverage of grammar and usage - all of which offer students of varying abilities the support they need to succeed in college.

Table of Contents

* Indicates material new to this edition.

Tab 1: Reading, Writing, Arguing

1. *Reading Critically

2. Prewriting

3. Outlining and Drafting an Essay

4. Developing Paragraphs for the Introduction, Body, and Conclusion of an Essay

5. Revising, Proofreading, and Editing

6. Developing Arguments

Tab 2: *Online Writing and Electronic Design

7. *Using Computers in College

8. *Writing Online

9. Designing with Computers

Tab 3: The Research Process

10. Creating a Research Strategy

11. Researching and Evaluating Traditional Sources

12. Researching and Evaluating Electronic Sources

13. *Taking Notes and Avoiding Plagiarism

14. Writing the Research Paper

Tab 4: MLA Documentation

15. Writing the Research Paper Using the Modern Language Association (MLA) Format

Tab 5: APA Documentation

16. Writing the Research Paper Using the American Psychological Association (APA) Format

Tab 6: Other Forms of Documentation

17. Writing the Research Paper Using Other Formats: The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) and Council of Science Editors (CSE) Formats

Tab 7: Special Writing Situations

18. Writing About Literature

19. *Communicating in Class: Essay Examinations and Oral Presentations

20. Communicating in Business

Tab 8: Sentence Style

21. Learning Sentences, Clauses, and Phrases

22. Mastering Sentence Structure

23. Combining Sentences Through Coordination and Subordination

24. Maintaining Parallelism

25. Using Modifiers That Make Sense

26. Correcting Mixed Constructions and Faulty Shifts

27. Creating Interest by Varying Sentence Patterns

28. Writing in a Clear and Emphatic Style

Tab 9: Word Choice

29. Using a Dictionary and a Thesaurus

30. Using Exact Language

31. Maintaining Appropriate Tone, Style, and Word Choice

32. Making Your Writing Concise

Tab l0: Grammar

33. Learning Parts of Speech

34. Mastering Verb Forms and Tenses

35. Maintaining Subject/Verb Agreement

36. Learning Pronoun Types, Cases, and Reference

37. Maintaining Pronoun/Antecedent Agreement

38. Using Adjectives and Adverbs Correctly

Tab 11: Punctuation, Spelling, and Mechanics

39. Mastering End Punctuation

40. Mastering the Comma

41. Mastering the Semicolon

42. Mastering the Colon

43. Mastering the Apostrophe

44. Mastering Quotation Marks

45. Mastering Other Marks of Punctuation

46. Improving Your Spelling

47. Using the Hyphen

48. Mastering the Rules of Capitalization

49. Learning to Abbreviate Words, Phrases, and Titles

50. Using Numbers and Italics Correctly

Tab 12: ESL

51. Mastering Articles and Plurals of Nouns

52. Mastering Sentence Structure

53. Mastering Verbs and Subject/Verb Agreement

54. Using Adjectives, Participles, and Adverbs Correctly

55. Using Words Correctly

Glossary and Index

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