Quick Access Reference for Writers (with MyCompLab NEW with Pearson eText Student Access Code Card)

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-16
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Quick Access: Reference for Writersoffers easy, efficient access to the information you need about the writing process, from mastering grammar to using correct punctuation, from writing research papers to documenting sources, and from writing for the Web to writing using visuals. It will give you balanced coverage of all aspects of writing and well as easy to use research and documentation sections that provide strategies to help you in your courses.

Author Biography

Lynn Quitman Troyka, Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program in Language and Literature at the City College (CCNY) of the City University of New York (CUNY), has also taught at Queensborough Community College. Former editor of the Journal of Basic Writing, she has had her writing and research published in major journals and various scholarly collections. She also conducts workshops in the teaching of writing. Journal of Basic Writing, she has had her writing and research published in major journals and various scholarly collections. She also conducts workshops in the teaching of writing.  Dr. Troyka is a past chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC); the Two-Year College Association (TYCA) of the National Council of Teachers (NCTE); the College Section of NCTE; and the Writing Division of the Modern Language Association (MLA). She received the 2001 CCCC Exemplar Award, the highest CCCC award for scholarship, teaching, and service; the Rhetorician of the Year Award; and the TYCA Pickett Award for Service.


Doug Hesse, Professor of English and Director of Writing at the University of Denver, previously held several positions at Illinois State University, including Director of the Honors and Writing Programs, and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Dr. Hesse earned his PhD from the University of Iowa. He has also taught at the University of Findlay, Miami University (as Wiepking Distinguished Visiting Professor), and Michigan Tech.  Dr. Hesse is a past chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the nation’s largest professional association of college writing instructors. A past president, as well, of the Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA), Dr. Hesse edited that organization’s journal, Writing Program Administration. He has been a member of the executive committee of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and chaired the Modern Language Association (MLA) Division on Teaching as a Profession.  He is the author of over fifty articles and book chapters, in such journals as College Composition and Communication, College English, JAC, Rhetoric Review, and the Journal of Teaching Writing and in such books as Essays on the Essay; Writing Theory and Critical Theory; The Writing Program Administrator’s Sourcebook; Literary Nonfiction; The Private, the Public, and the Published; and Passions, Pedagogies, and 21st Century Technologies.  The writing program he directs at the University of Denver is only one of twenty five internationally to receive the CCCC Certificate of Excellence.

Table of Contents

Thinking, Reading, and Writing Strategies

1 Thinking Like a Writer

2 Reading Critically

3 Viewing Images Critically

4 Sources for College Writing  

5 Writing About Experiences               

6 Writing About Observations  

7 Writing to Respond to Readings        


Writing Process

8 Planning and Shaping Writing

9 Drafting

10 Revising, Editing, and Proofreading

11 Composing Paragraphs

12 Writing to Inform

13 Writing to Argue     


Writing Across the Curriculum

14 An Overview of Writing Across the Curriculum

15 Writing in the Humanities

16 Writing About Literature

17 Writing in the Social Sciences          

18 Writing in the Natural Sciences

19 Writing Under Pressure

20 Making Oral Presentations and Using Multimedia

21 Creating a Writing Portfolio              


Writing to Connect with the World

22 Writing for Work

23 Public Writing

24 Designing Documents


25 Writing for the Web

26 Contributing to Blogs and Wikis                    



27 Starting a Research Project

28 Developing a Research Strategy

29 Finding and Evaluating Library-Based Sources

30 Researching the Web Wisely

31 Using Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

32 Drafting and Revising a Research Paper


MLA Documentation

33 MLA In-text Citations

34 MLA Works Cited List

35 A Student’s MLA-Style Research Paper


APA, CM, and CSE Documentation

36 APA In-Text Citations

37 APA References List

38 A Student’s APA-Style Research Paper

39 CM-Style Documentation


CM-Style Directory

40 CSE-Style Documentation


CSE-Style Directory


Grammar Basics

41 Parts of Speech and Parts of Sentences

42 Verbs

43 Subject-Verb Agreement

44 Pronouns: Agreement, Reference, and Case

45 Adjectives and Adverbs


Sentences and Words

46 Sentence Fragments

47 Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences

48 Problems with Sentence Shifts

49 Misplaced Modifiers

50 Conciseness

51 Coordination and Subordination

52 Sentence Style

53 Usage Glossary

54 Word Meanings and Word Impact

55 Using Inclusive Language

56 Spelling


Punctuation and Mechanics

57 Commas

58 Semicolons

59 Colons

60 Apostrophes

61 Quotation Marks

62 Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points

63 Other Punctuation Marks

64 Hyphens

65 Capitals

66 Italics (Underlining)

67 Abbreviations

68 Numbers


Tips for Multilingual Writers

Message from Lynn Troyka and Doug Hesse to Multilingual Writers

69 Singulars and Plurals

70 Articles

71 Word Order

72 Prepositions

73 Gerunds and Infinitives

74 Modal Auxiliary Verbs


Glossary and Indexes

Terms Glossary


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