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9780495899518

The Beacon Handbook and Desk Reference (with 2009 MLA Update Card)

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  • ISBN13:

    9780495899518

  • ISBN10:

    0495899518

  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2009-06-04
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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The Beacon Handbook and Desk Reference is a compact guide to a broad range of issues related to writing. Written in an accessible, non-technical style, The Beacon discusses the writing process, critical thinking, grammar, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and the research process, illustrating principles with both student and professional samples. The text's spiral binding makes it a convenient tool for students composing on the computer. Students receive the most up-to-date information on MLA documentation with the enclosed tri-fold card providing NEW 2009 MLA Handbook formats.

Table of Contents

The Composing Process
Planning
A General Subject
Ideas and Planning
A Specific Topic
Your Role, Readers, and Purpose
A Working Thesis Statement
Drafting
Organizing Materials
An Outline
A Rough Draft
A Title and Introductory and Concluding Paragraphs
Revising
Setting Aside the Rough Draft
Content Revision
Style Revision
Technical Revision
Peer Editing
The Final Draft
A Sample Paper
Paragraphs
Unified Paragraphs
Coherent Paragraphs
Paragraph Length
Organization and Development
Critical Thinking and Argumentation
Principles of Reasoning
Purpose of Writing
Ways to Respond Critically
Argumentation
A Sample Argument ESL Writers
ESL Writers: Working beyond Mechanics
Writing in the American Culture
General Issues of Writing
Special Concerns
Technical Issues for ESL Writers: A Guide Grammatical Sentences
Parts of Speech
Nouns
Pronouns
Verbs
Adjectives
Adverbs
Conjunctions
Prepositions
Interjections
Sentences
Parts of Sentences
Kinds of Sentences
Fragments
Without Subjects or Verbs
Subordinate Clauses
Special Use of Fragments
Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
Forming Two Sentences
Using a Semicolon
Using Coordinating or Subordinating Conjunctions
Conjunctive Adverbs
Agreement
Subjects and Verbs
Pronouns and Antecedents
Parallelism
With Coordinating Conjunctions
With Correlative Conjunctions
Repetition of Sentence Elements
Pronoun Reference
Unclear Pronoun References
Reflexive Pronouns and Subjects of Sentences
Clear Pronoun References
Pronoun Case
Subjective Case
Objective Case
Possessive Case
Appositives and Elliptical Constructions
Who and Whoever and Whom and Whomever
Positioning Modifiers
Clarity and Smoothness
Dangling Modifiers
Squinting Modifiers
Verb Tenses
Verb Forms
Simple Tenses
Perfect Tenses
Progressive Tenses
Relationships Among Actions and Conditions
Mood
Adjectives and Adverbs
Modifying Nouns and Pronouns
Modifying Verbs, Adjectives, and Adverbs
Positive, Comparative, and Superlative Adjective and Adverbs
Troublesome Adjective and Adverb Pairs
Sentence Variety
Sentence Length
Sentence Types
Sentence Beginnings
Coordination and Subordination
Emphasis
Active and Passive Sentences
Concision
Diction
Levels of Diction
Denotations and Connotations
Specific Words
Biased Language
Slang and Regionalisms
Clich?s and Triteness
Forms of Idioms
Jargon
Euphemisms
Pretentious Language
Figures of Speech
Neologisms and Archaisms Punctuation and Mechanics
End Punctuation
Periods
Question Marks
Exclamation Points
Commas
Three or More Items in a Series
Compound and Compound-Complex Sentences
Introductory Words and Phrases
Nonrestrictive Information
Contrasting Sentence Elements
Expressions That Signal Direct Quotations
Numbers, Dates, Addresses, Place Names, and Titles
Unnecessary Commas
Semicolons and Colons
Independent Clauses
Sentence Elements That Contain Commas
Incorrect Use of Semicolons
To Introduce Elements
Numerals
Incorrect Use of Colons
Apostrophes
Possessive Case
Omission of Letters and Numbers
Not with Possessive Pronouns
Other Marks of Punctuation
Dashes
Hyphens
Parentheses
Brackets
Ellipsis Points
Capitals
The First Word in Every Sentence
Proper Nouns and Proper Adjectives
Titles and Subtitles
Italics
Titles of Lengthy Published Works
Specific Names of Ships, Trains, Aircraft, and Spacecraft
Unfamiliar Foreign Words and Phrases
Words Used as Words, Letters Used as Letters, and Numbers Used as Numbers
For Emphasis
Quotation Marks
Direct Quotations and Dialogue
Punctuation with Quotation Marks
Titles of Brief Works, Parts of Long Works, and Unpublished Works
Ironic or Other Special Use of a Word
Numbers and Abbreviations
Numbers
Abbreviations
Spelling
General Rules
Dictionaries
Technical Words and British Variants Research
Topic, Research, and Note Taking
Subject to Topic
A Working Thesis Statement or Research Question
The Library
Electronic Search Systems
Online Periodical Databases
Using Electronic Sources
Selecting and Evaluating Sources
Taking Notes
Plagiarism
Works-Cited Entries
Citation Format
Accuracy and Completeness
Books
Periodicals
Nonprint Sources
The Internet and Other Electronic Sources
Organizing, Writing, and Documenting
Organization
A Rough Draft
Incorporating Notes
Parenthetical Notes
Revision
A Final Manuscript
A Sample Research Paper Document Design
Document Design and Manuscript Preparation
A Document's Purpose
Basic Printing Features
Visual Elements
Web Site
Design Desk
Reference
Appendixes
APA Documentation Style
Writing Essay Exams
Business Writing
Writing About Literature
Glossary of Usage
Glossary of Grammatical Terms
General Index
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