Rules of Thumb

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-01
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Rules of Thumbis a concise, user-friendly, and affordable handbook developed around students' real writing needs. An invaluable companion for writers at all levels, it gives students the advice they need on writing, research, grammar, and style in a clear and engaging voice. Reflecting the most current APA documentation styles, the eighth edition remains the ideal handbook for improving grammar without overwhelming student writers with specialized terminology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Meaning of "Rule of Thumb"p. xvi
How to Use Rules of Thumbp. xvii
The Basics: Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar
A Word about Correctnessp. 2
Commonly Confused Wordsp. 3
One Word or Two?p. 11
Spellingp. 13
Capitalizationp. 16
Abbreviations and Numbersp. 18
Apostrophesp. 20
Consistent Pronounsp. 21
I vs. Me, She vs. Her, He vs. Him, Who vs. Whomp. 24
Vague Pronounsp. 26
Recognizing Complete Sentencesp. 28
Period or Comma? Run-on Sentences and Sentence Fragmentsp. 31
Feature: Using But, However, Althoughp. 37
Commasp. 38
Semicolonsp. 40
Colonsp. 41
Dashes and Parenthesesp. 42
Quotation Marksp. 44
Titles: Italics, Underlines, or Quotation Marksp. 48
Shifting Verb Tensesp. 49
Verb Agreementp. 54
Word Endings: -s and -edp. 56
Parallel Structurep. 58
Dangling Constructionsp. 59
Mixed Sentence Patternsp. 60
Putting a Paper Together
What to Do When You're Stuckp. 63
Addressing Your Audiencep. 67
Writing with a Thesisp. 69
Finding an Organization for Your Essayp. 72
Introductionsp. 75
Paragraphs-Long and Shortp. 77
Transitionsp. 80
Incorporating Quotationsp. 82
Conclusionsp. 84
How to Make a Paper Longer (and When to Make It Shorter)p. 85
How to Work on a Second Draftp. 87
Shortcuts for "Word"p. 90
Proofreading Tipsp. 93
Format of College Papersp. 95
Special Case: Writing an Essay in Classp. 98
Special Case: Writing about Literaturep. 101
The Research Paper
Seven Steps to a Research Paperp. 111
How to Conduct Researchp. 112
Feature: Sizing Up a Websitep. 117
Getting Information Online and at the Libraryp. 121
Feature: When You Find Too Few or Too Many Sourcesp. 125
Writing the Research Paperp. 126
Feature: PowerPoint Presentationsp. 130
Plagiarism (Cheating)p. 132
What Is Documentation?p. 133
Feature: Where to Find Specific Entries for Works Cited, References, and Bibliographyp. 135
Documentation: The MLA Stylep. 136
Documentation: The APA Stylep. 150
Documentation: Footnotes, Endnotes, and Bibliographyp. 159
Finding Your Voicep. 165
Adding Detailsp. 166
Repetition: Bad, Not-So-Bad, and Goodp. 168
Eliminating Inappropriate Languagep. 170
Trimming Wordinessp. 172
Using Strong Verbsp. 174
Varying Your Sentencesp. 176
Recognizing Clichesp. 181
Keeping a Journalp. 182
Postscriptp. 185
A List of Valuable Sourcesp. 187
About the Authorsp. 191
Indexp. 193
Troubleshooting Guidep. 204
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