Keys For Writers

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2004-03-22
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The best handbook is the one that students will use. Now available in a Fourth Edition, Keys for Writers continues to build on this formula for success. In addition to offering students the clearest organization and most accessible, user-friendly features of any tabbed handbook, Keys for Writers maintains its hallmark strengths: color-coded tabs that further simplify navigation; thorough coverage of grammar in one convenient section; unique KeyTabs, which are moveable note cards and bookmarks; a wealth of convenient Key Points summary boxes throughout; concise, student-oriented writing style; and an extensive index. Three main enhancements set the Fourth Edition of Keys for Writers apart from the previous editions and other handbooks. It has been thoroughly updated throughout, offering the latest coverage of research, documentation, document design, and writing online. It includes many lively new student writing samples throughout, such as demonstrations of the writing process, workplace and job search writing, and the research paper using MLA documentation style. Lastly, it contains a greatly expanded and improved section on argumentation, including a full sample argument paper. Highly accessible, clear organization features a convenient two-part navigation facilitated by laminated, color-coded tabs (red tabs for writing process topics and gold tabs for sentence-level issues). Easy navigation encourages repeated use with such unique features as KeyTabs; numerous Key Points summary boxes; and the most extensive Glossary of Usage, Glossary of Grammatical Terms, and Index in any tabbed handbook Superior ESL material promotes a "difference, not deficit" approach and integrates a wealth of support, including Language and Culture boxes, Guide to Language Transfer Errors, a section on "false friends" (confusing cognates), and ESL Notes throughout the text. New! Outstanding style coverage, featuring simple, direct instruction throughout, now includes sections on personal presence, appropriate and consistent tone, and revising for style, with a sample student draft. The popular 5 C's of Style guide students toward more engaging writing. Emphasis on critical reading and critical thinking enlivens the discussions of the writing process, argument, and research. Updated! Thoroughly revised research chapter presents a significant new section devoted to avoiding plagiarism and helps students focus on the need to develop analytical skills. Motivating information on writing for work offers new model documents for help with job search and workplace writing.

Table of Contents

The Writing Process
Getting Started and Finding a Focus
Reading, thinking, writing
Purpose and audience
Topic and focus
Thesis or claim
Writer's block
Collaborative writing
Six tips for writing drafts
Developing Paragraphs and Essays
Paragraph basics
Unified paragraphs
Developing ideas
Transitions and links for coherence
Introductions and conclusions
Revising, Editing, and Formatting
Strategies for revising and managing drafts
Giving and getting feedback
Editing, proofreading, and using computer tools
Sample student revision
Formatting a college essay
Writing an Argument
Features of a good argument
Choice of topic
Thinking critically
The claim (thesis)
Reasons and evidence
Audience: Appeals and common ground
Opposing views
Toulmin's four questions
Deductive and inductive reasoning
Flaws in logic
Structures for an argument essay
Visual arguments
Sample argument essay
Writing in All Your Courses
Essay exams and short-answer tests
Writing about literature
Writing about community service
Lab reports
Writing in the disciplines
tDoing Research/ Evaluating Sources
Beginning a Research Project
Guide to writing a research paper
Research question
Primary and secondary sources
A working thesis
Purpose statement, proposal, and outline
Finding Sources
Basic reference works
Indexes and databases
Online searching: keywords and search engines
Print sources: books and periodical articles
Online sources
A student's search
Sources in 27 subject areas
Evaluating Sources
Reading critically
Recognizing a scholarly article
Evaluating works originating in print
Evaluating Internet sources
Avoiding Plagiarism
What is plagiarism?
How to avoid even the suspicion of plagiarism
Keeping track of sources
Setting up a working bibliography
Annotating and taking notes
Summarizing and paraphrasing
What to cite
Indicating the boundaries of a citation
Writing the Research Paper
Guidelines for writing drafts
Getting mileage out of your sources
Putting yourself in your paper and synthesizing
Driving the organization with ideas, not sources
Introducing and integrating source material
Researching across the curriculum
tMLA Documentation
Citing Sources, MLA Style
Two basic MLA features
FAQs about MLA in-text citations
Sample author/page citations
Explanatory footnotes and endnotes
MLA List of Works Cited
List format and organization
Guidelines for listing entries
Print books and parts of books
Print articles in periodicals
Internet and other electronic sources
Miscellaneous sources
Sample Documented Paper, MLA Style
Documentation: APA, CBE/CSE, Chicago, and CGOS Styles
Citing Sources, APA Style
Two basic APA features
Author/year in-text citations
Notes, tables, and figures
APA List of References
List format and organization
Guidelines for listing authors
Print books and parts of books
Print articles in periodicals
Internet and other electronic sources
Miscellaneous sources
Sample Documented Paper, APA Style
CBE/CSE Style of Documentation
Two basic CBE/CSE features
In-text citations
Guidelines for listing CBE/CSE references
Examples of entries in list
Chicago Manual of Style: Endnotes, Footnotes, and Bibliography
Two basic features
In-text citations, notes, and bibliography
Guidelines for notes
Print books and parts of books
Print articles in periodicals
Internet and electronic sources
Miscellaneous sources
Chicago bibliography guidelines and sample
CGOS Style for Online Sources
Two basic features: CGOS humanities style
Sample entries: humanities style
Two basic features: CGOS scientific style
Sample entries: scientific style V. Document Design/ Online and Workplace
Design Tools, Design Features
Basic design functions in Word
Graphs and charts
Illustrations, clip art, Web downloads, and copyright issues
Online Communication
E-mail style and mechanics
E-mail discussion lists, bulletin boards, and discussion boards
Newsgroups, blogs, and synchronous communication
Web Site Design
Planning and organizing a Web site
Tips for Web site design
Useful resources
Sample student Web site
Academic Writing Online
Guidelines for posting academic writing online
Flyers, Brochures, and Newsletters
Design principles for flyers, brochures, newsletters
Sample community brochure
Reacute;sumeacute;s and Letters of Application
How to write a reacute;sumeacute;
Sample print or Web page reacute;sumeacute;
An electronic reacute;sumeacute;
Sample electronic reacute;sumeacute;
Cover letter and sample
Business Letters and Memos
Features of a business letter
Sample business letter
Technical requirements of a business letter
Basic features of a memo
Sample memo
Oral and Multimedia Presentations
Preparing an oral presentation
Speaking from notes or manuscript
Practicing and presenting
Using presentation aids and multimedia
Using PowerPoint
A student's PowerPoint slides
Style The Five C's of Style
The First C: Cut
Repetition and wordiness
Formulaic phrases
References to your intentions
The Second C: Check for Action
Who's doing what?
Sentences beginning with there or it
Unnecessary passive voice
The Third C: Connect
Consistent subjects and topic chains
Old/new information and emphasis
Options: coordination, subordination, and transitions
Beginning a sentence with and or but
Paragraph connections
The Fourth Cut: Commit
Personal presence
Appropriate and consistent tone
Confident stance
The Fifth C: Choose Your Words
Word choice checklist
Dictionary and thesaurus
Exact words and connotations
Language of speech, region, and workplace
Figurative language
Avoiding biased and exclusionary language
Avoiding clicheacute;s and pretentious language Style in Action
Sentence Variety
Sentence length
Statements, questions, commands, and exclamations
Types of sentences
Inverted word order
Sentence beginnings
Revising for Style: A Student's Drafts
Style Tips
tCommon Sentence Problems
Troublespots and Terms
Students' frequently asked questions
Teachers' top ten sentence problems
Standard English
Terms for the parts of a sentence
Sentence Fragments
Dependent clauses
Missing verb
Missing subject
Intentional use
Run-ons and Comma Splices
Sentence Snarls
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