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Allyn and Bacon Handbook, '03 MLA Updated - 5th edition

Allyn and Bacon Handbook, `03 MLA Updated (ISBN10: 0321202465; ISBN13: 9780321202468)
ISBN13: 978-0321202468
ISBN10: 0321202465

Summary: The Allyn & Bacon Handbook is designed as a superior resource for classroom and reference use, and is distinguished by its coverage of critical thinking and academic reading, writing, and thinking.

The handbook is uniquely suited to students learning how to write in college settings, both in and beyond their freshman composition courses. Its opening chapters on "Critical Thinking and Writing" provide a foundation for decision-making skills fr ...show moreom the invention and planning stages, to whole essay development, to the design of sentences. Writing and argument-as-a-way-of-knowing are developed from early chapters through to the three unique chapters on writing and reading in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Features

  • A unique foundation in critical thinking, in Chapters 1 & 2, helps students develop an academic awareness needed for successfully completing college-level assignments.
  • "Critical Decision" boxes throughout the text show students how they can apply critical thinking skills at every level of the writing and research process.
  • "Spotlight on Common Errors" --a unique, quick-recognition system for trouble spots in grammar and usage--offers help for busy students to identify and zero in on editing remedies.
  • "Across the Curriculum" boxes throughout the text show students how the principles of effective writing are applied in other disciplines.
  • An adapted Toulmin model of argumentation helps students develop and support an argument. Distinctive applications of the Toulmin model are described in each of the three discipline chapters, where students are shown--with discipline-specific illustrations--how experts think, pose questions, and make a case.
  • Research paper coverage offers exceptional depth in evaluating, quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing sources to advance a student's original thinking.
  • Internet-based research is covered extensively, including material on evaluating Web-based sources, making multiple searches with differing search engines, and locating discipline-related Web sites.
  • Non-standard and regional dialect issues are addressed throughout. The text clearly shows techniques for avoiding biased or sexist language in key areas--notably pronoun usage.
  • Three ESL chapters offer quick-reference help for international students. Useful "ESL Notes" are included throughout the text to remind students of potential trouble spots. Help for instructors on ESL topics is strongly supported in IAE annotations.
  • Three chapters on "Writing and Reading in the Disciplines" introduce students to the thinking, reading, and writing that will be expected as they move beyond freshman composition. Specific coverage includes writing and reading in the humanities (with full treatment of writing about literature--short story by Kate Chopin provided), in the social sciences, and in the natural sciences. Each chapter introduces arguments and typical assignments in the discipline.

New To This Edition :
  • More than 25 additional "Across the Curriculum" and "Critical Decisions" boxes have been added.
  • A totally revised Chapter 41, "Writing for the Web," provides students with the latest strategies for devising and producing effective Web pages.
  • A new Chapter 45 is devoted to making oral presentations. Theory-based and at the same time practical, the chapter helps students draft, rehearse, and deliver effective presentations.
  • Totally revised cross-curricular chapters feature a new, more open and accessible format, new example readings, and two new example research papers on child labor (Ch. 39, "Social Science" ) and black hole flares (Ch. 40, "Science" ).
  • A new student essay on reducing teenage smoking illustrates the process of writing and revision. Developed through four chapters, the paper takes students through the process of reading, thinking, drafting, and revision necessary for producing competent, college-level work. The paper shows examples of Internet sources in use.
  • A new student essay in the Research section (Chapters 33-36) presents a detailed look at the researching and writing of a paper on Computer-Mediated Communication (a.k.a. online dating and romance). On- and off-line research strategies are demonstrated, as are techniques for using and evaluating sources, formatting papers, and avoiding plagiarism.
  • Conforms to style and editorial guidelines in the new (2001) APA Publication Manual.
  • Includes 2003 MLA Updates.
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Edition/Copyright: 5TH 03
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Published: 06/28/2003
International: No

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