Rules of Thumb : A Guide for Writers

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-09-01
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill
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Rules of Thumb: A Guide for Writers, Third Edition, is a brief, easy-to-use, and affordable handbook. Designed to accommodate real writing needs, Rules of Thumb offers advice on the writing process as a whole, as well as specific guidance on punctuation, mechanics, usage, and a wide variety of common writing assignments.

Table of Contents

How to Use Rules of Thumb
A Word about Correctnessp. 3
Confusing Words [to and too, their and there]p. 5
One Word or Two? [a lot]p. 9
Spelling [ie or ei? One p or two?]p. 12
Capitalizationp. 15
Abbreviations and Numbersp. 17
Apostrophes ['s]p. 19
Consistent Pronouns [he or she, they, one]p. 20
Correct Pronouns [I vs. me]p. 23
Vague Pronouns [which, it, this, that, and who]p. 25
Recognizing Complete Sentencesp. 27
Sentence Fragments and Run-on Sentencesp. 30
Commas [,]p. 36
Semicolons [;]p. 38
Colons [:]p. 39
Dashes and Parentheses [ - ()]p. 40
Quotation Marks [" "]p. 42
Underlining or Quoting Titlesp. 46
Verb Tensesp. 47
Shifting Verb Tenses [moved, had moved]p. 52
Verb Agreementp. 54
Word Endings: s and edp. 55
Tangled Sentences [Parallel Structure, Danglers]p. 57
Meeting Specific Assignments
Format of College Papersp. 61
Writing in Classp. 64
Writing about Literaturep. 68
How to Quote From Your Sourcesp. 73
Using the College Libraryp. 75
Writing Research Papersp. 79
Plagiarism (Cheating)p. 86
Documentationp. 87
Putting a Paper Together
What to Do When You're Stuckp. 101
Finding an Organization for Your Essayp. 105
How to Work on a Second Draftp. 108
How to Make a Paper Longer (And When to Make It Shorter)p. 111
Introductions and Conclusionsp. 113
Paragraphs - Long and Shortp. 116
Transitionsp. 119
Proofreading Tipsp. 121
Writing With Elegance
Keeping a Journalp. 125
Finding Your Voicep. 128
Adding Detailsp. 129
Recognizing Clichesp. 131
Eliminating Biased Languagep. 133
Trimming Wordinessp. 135
Varying Your Sentencesp. 138
Postscriptp. 143
About the Authorsp. 145
Indexp. 147
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