Pocket Keys for Writers, 2009 MLA Update Edition

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2009-06-15
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Give students big writing help in a small package with POCKET KEYS FOR WRITERS. This indispensable pocket-style handbook covers the essentials of the writing process—taking students through the research process to the mechanics of writing and using punctuation to the evaluation and documentation of both print and electronic source materials. Concise, up-to-date, and practical, this edition is easier to use than ever before, with a new full-color design that helps students find the material they need when they need it. Renowned for her work in ESL instruction, author Ann Raimes provides useful "Language and Culture" boxes throughout the text as well as a dedicated ESL section covering issues of culture, varieties of English, and Standard Written English in relation to the vernacular. This edition has been updated to reflect guidelines from the 2009 MLA HANDBOOK FOR WRITERS OF RESEARCH PAPERS, Seventh Edition.

Table of Contents

Writing in College
Why Use a Handbook?
The short answer
To write strong academic essays
To cite sources
To see why correctness matters
To find models of good papers
Readers' Expectations
A clear purpose and audience
A conversation with sources and ideas
Revised and polished writing
A clear main idea
Standard Written English
Is Your Argument Convincing?
Critical thinking
A debatable claim (thesis)
Reasons and evidence
Areas of common ground
A student's argument essay
Presentation Makes a Difference
In print
Text (color, lists, headings)
Photos and images
Data (tables, graphs, charts)
Oral presentations, multimedia, e-portfolios
Research and Using Sources
Searching for Information
Source material and primary data
Print and online sources
Starting points
Keyword searching
Online alerts
Recognizing a Scholarly Article
Print articles
Online articles
Evaluating Sources
Print sources
Online sources
Basic information on Web sites
Writing Without Plagiarizing
Avoiding Cheating
Seven types of plagiarism
Why, how, and what to cite
Boundaries of a source citation
Keeping track of sources
Bibliographic software
Using Source Material
Organization with ideas, not sources
The issue of I
Summarizing and paraphrasing
Integrating source citations
Documenting Research Papers
MLA Style
At a Glance: Index of MLA Style
Basic features
Citing sources
MLA list of works cited
Print books (Source Shot 1)
Print articles (Source Shot 2)
Online databases (Source Shot 3)
Web sources
Visual, performance, multimedia, miscellaneous sources
A student's research paper, MLA style
APA Style
At a Glance: Index of APA Style
Basic features
Citing sources
List of references
Print books and parts of books
Print articles (Source Shot 4)
Online sources (Source Shot 5)
Visual, multimedia, miscellaneous sources
A student's research paper, APA style
Chicago Style
At a Glance: Index of Chicago Style
Basic features
Citing sources
Endnotes and footnotes
Print books
Print articles
Online sources
Visual, multimedia, miscellaneous sources
Sample bibliography
Samples from a student's research paper, Chicago style
CSE Style
At a Glance: Index of CSE Style Features
Basic features
Citing sources
List of references
Print books
Print articles
Online, multimedia, miscellaneous sources
Samples from a student's research paper, CSE style
The Five C's of Style
Formulaic phrases
References to your intentions
Check for Action ("Who's Doing What?")
"Who's doing what?"
Sentences beginning with there or it
Unnecessary passive voice
Consistent subjects
Transitional words
Variety in connecting ideas
Confident stance
Consistent tone
Choose Words Carefully
Vivid and specific words
Slang, regionalisms, and jargon
Biased and exclusionary language
Common Sentence Problems
FAQs about Sentences
Sentence Fragments
What a sentence needs
Turning fragments into sentences
Beginning with and, but, or or
Intentional fragments
Run-ons or Comma Splices
Sentence Snarls
Mixed constructions, faulty comparisons, convoluted syntax
Misplaced modifiers
Dangling modifiers
Logical sequence after the subject
Parallel structures
Is when and the reason is because
Necessary and unnecessary words
Using Verbs Correctly
Verbs in Standard Written English
Auxiliary verbs
Verbs commonly confused
Verb tenses
-ed forms (past tense, past participle)
Conditional sentences, wishes, requests, demands, recommendations
Active and passive voices
Subject-Verb Agreement
Basic principles
Words between subject and verb
Subject following the verb
Eight tricky subjects
Collective nouns (family, etc.)
Compound subjects (and, or, nor)
Indefinite pronouns (anyone, etc.)
Expressing quantity (much, etc.)
Relative clauses (who, which, that )
Pronouns (I/me, who/whom, etc.)
Which to use (I/me, he/him, etc.)
Specific antecedent
Agreeing with antecedents
Using you
Relative pronouns (who, whom, which, that)
Adjectives and Adverbs (good/well, etc.)
When to use
Hyphenated (compound) adjectives
Double negatives
Comparatives and superlatives
Punctuation and Mechanics
Punctuation Shows Intent
Quotation Marks
Other Punctuation Marks
Italics and Underlining
Capitals, Abbreviations, and Numbers
Online Guidelines
Writing Across Languages and Cultures
Standard Written English
Cultures and Englishes
Spoken varieties and Standard Written English
Nouns and Articles (a, an, the)
Types of nouns
Basic rules
The for specific reference
Four questions to ask about articles
Infinitive, -ing, and -ed Forms
Verb + infinitive
Verb + -ing
Preposition + -ing
Verb + infinitive or -ing
-ing or -ed adjectives
Sentence Structure and Word Order
Basic rules
Direct and indirect objects
Direct and indirect questions
Although and because clauses
Words To Watch For
Glossary of Usage
Editing Marks
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