SF Writer

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-08-01
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
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With SF Writer 2/e the authors did more than offer a revisionthey created a new kind of handbook. SF Writer 2/e takes the writer in its title seriously. From its opening paragraph to its concluding almanac, the handbook examines the writing process today from the perspective of writers, young and old, learning new roles and reaching new audiences. The style of SF Writer is energetic and witty, the advice fresh and contemporary, the design ground-breaking. Almost every major element of SF Writer is new or significantly revised, beginning with an organization that removes the barriers between writing and research. While most handbooks put the chapters on research in back of the book, SF Writer locates these essential strategies up front, in Part II: Thinking and Research. This new arrangement helps writers appreciate better the connection between college research and other essential activities such as Reading Critically and Writing Persuasively, also examined in Part II. Equally fresh is Part I: Working as a Writer, which presents writing as a dynamic activity grounded in practical choices and familiar genres. And because most college assignments still end in a grade, Working as a Writer also includes an innovative chapter on Evaluating Writing. No other handbook in SF Writer's field covers this sensitive, but important topic. SF Writer breaks new ground, too, in expanding its coverage of document design and writing for the Web. A full section is now devoted to these subjects, featuring fresh material and rich illustrations. Uniquely, SF Writer treats the design of print and electronic documents as a process, like writing itself. SF Writer embodies these design principals in a volume full of carefully chosen images and photographsfrom section dividers that showcase the work of writers to an almanac featuring timelines of notable texts and authors. It's not an accident that SF Writer looks exceptionally fresh and contemporary. In this edition, the media is part of the message. Yet SF Writer doesn't forget its responsibilities as a guide to grammar, mechanics, usage, and documentation. Its coverage in these areas is unsurpassed. Yet even here, new themes are sounded. For example, the model MLA paper is by a student teacher wrestling with a state mandate for competency testing. The model APA research paper comes from an online journal that publishes undergraduate research in psychology. So both papers demonstrate that undergraduates today really can do serious work as writers and reach live audiences.

Table of Contents

PART I Working as a Writer
Writers at Work
Preparing to Write
Making a Point
Creating a Structure
Revising, Editing, and Proofreading
Evaluating Writing
PART II Reading, Thinking, and Research
Reading Critically
Writing Persuasively
Finding Information
Evaluating Sources
Using Sources and Quotations
PART III Designing Documents and Web Sites
Designing Documents
Creating Documents and Web Sites
Model Documents
Business letters
Letters of application
Professional memos
Messages to online forums
Web pages
PART IV Producing Writing
Producing an MLA Paper
Using MLA documentation
MLA models
Sample MLA paper
Producing an APA Paper
Using APA documentation
APA models
Sample APA paper
Producing a CMS Paper
CMS notes
CMS bibliographies
CMS models
Sample CMS pages
CBE Documentation
CBE in-text citations
CBE references
COS Documentation
Using COS Documentation
COS models---Humanities (MLA)
COS models---Sciences (APA)
Writing a Literary Analysis
PART V Shaping Language
Making Choices About Language
Writing Stylish Sentences
Shaping Effective Paragraphs
PART VI Understanding Grammar
The Shape of Sentences
Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices, and Run-ons
Subject-Verb Agreement
Verb Tense, Voice, and Mood
Suggestions for ESL Writers
PART VII Understanding Punctuation and Mechanics
End Punctuation
Semicolons and Colons
Quotation Marks and Ellipses
Parentheses and Brackets
Dashes, Hyphens, and Slashes
Italics and Capitalization
Apostrophes, Abbreviations, and Numbers
Spelling, Dictionary, Thesaurus
Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Usage

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