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Basics : Rhetoric and Handbook

Basics : Rhetoric and Handbook - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0072938623

Cover of Basics : Rhetoric and Handbook 4TH 05 (ISBN 978-0072938623)
ISBN13: 978-0072938623
ISBN10: 0072938625
Cover type: Spiral
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 05
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Published: 2005
International: No

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Basics : Rhetoric and Handbook - 4TH 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0072938623

Santi V. Buscemi, Albert H. Nicolai and Richard Strugala

ISBN13: 978-0072938623
ISBN10: 0072938625
Cover type: Spiral
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 05
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company

Published: 2005
International: No

This newly designed edition continues to include exercises throughout, a reference system unencumbered by complicated numbers and letters, a spiral-binding and tabs for easy reference, and simple and concise explanations of grammar and usage--all features that have made The Basics so popular. It also includes more coverage of the writing process (particularly paragraph development) than similar books do, as well as new material on critical reading and argument, oral presentations and essay exams, online design and working with computers, and fuller coverage of grammar and usage--all of which offer students of varying abilities the support they need to succeed in college.

New to This Edition

  • Critical Reading. This new chapter presents reading as a process that involves multiple readings, note taking, critical thinking, and summary. Included are two professional essays as well as student summaries and evaluations.
  • Using Computers in College. A new chapter discusses writing and revising with word processors; presenting data in charts and other visuals; using email; and more. Sample screenshots of college Internet homepages are included, as are several Web links for further study.
  • Online Writing. This new chapter covers the rules of "netiquette" as well as a full discussion of how to post messages on Internet forums, newsgroups, listservs, and chat rooms.
  • Designing with Computers. This chapter now discusses document design for essays, reports, lists, charts, tables, and graphs, and offers an expanded discussion of designing a student website.
  • Researching and Avoiding Plagiarism. Chapters 12 through 16 feature new material on planning and executing a research project, from "Creating a Research Strategy" to "Writing Research Papers," with chapters on MLA and APA style as well as coverage of Chicago Manual of Style documentation. This section also provides a step-by-step guide to the research process, including information on database searches and online journals and material that emphasizes evaluating and documenting Internet sources. A new chapter--"Taking Notes and Avoiding Plagiarism"--highlights the pitfalls of electronic research and the potential for unintended plagiarism.
  • Writing about Literature. Chapter 18 offers expanded coverage, including a new student essay annotated to illustrate techniques used in a literary critique.
  • Communicating in Class. A new chapter helps students prepare for essay examinations and oral presentations.
  • Business Writing. This coverage now includes special-purpose letters, a section on posting resum?on the Web via online employment services such as "Monster.com" and "Hotjobs.com," and more.
  • Basics of Technology. "Basics of Technology" boxes integrated throughout the text provide help to students who have little experience working with computers and word-processing software.
  • BasicLinks URLs throughout the text point students to Internet sites that provide additional reading or help on particular topics.


  • Concise, clear coverage of the reading, writing, and research processes, as well as of grammar concerns
  • Checklists to help students assess their mastery of material throughout the book
  • Integrated exercises that add numerous opportunities to practice newly learned skills
  • Fourteen student samples that illustrate each stage of the writing and research process, including examples of summary and critique as well as six complete student essays (two in multiple drafts); two literary analyses; and papers in both the MLA and APA documentation tabs.
  • "Note" and "Caution" boxes that help students recognize problems so that they can correct them

Table of Contents

* Indicates material new to this edition.

Tab 1: Reading, Writing, Arguing

1. *Reading Critically

2. Prewriting
3. Outlining and Drafting an Essay
4. Developing Paragraphs for the Introduction, Body, and Conclusion of an Essay
5. Revising, Proofreading, and Editing
6. Developing Arguments

Tab 2: *Online Writing and Electronic Design

7. *Using Computers in College
8. *Writing Online
9. Designing with Computers

Tab 3: The Research Process

10. Creating a Research Strategy
11. Researching and Evaluating Traditional Sources
12. Researching and Evaluating Electronic Sources
13. *Taking Notes and Avoiding Plagiarism
14. Writing the Research Paper

Tab 4: MLA Documentation

15. Writing the Research Paper Using the Modern Language Association (MLA) Format

Tab 5: APA Documentation

16. Writing the Research Paper Using the American Psychological Association (APA) Format

Tab 6: Other Forms of Documentation

17. Writing the Research Paper Using The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) Format

Tab 7: Special Writing Situations

18. Writing About Literature
19. *Communicating in Class: Essay Examinations and Oral Presentations
20. Communicating in Business

Tab 8: Sentence Style

21. Learning about Sentences, Clauses, and Phrases
22. Mastering Sentence Structure
23. Combining Sentences Through Coordination and Subordination
24. Maintaining Parallelism
25. Using Modifiers That Make Sense
26. Correcting Mixed Constructions and Faulty Shifts
27. Creating Interest by Varying Sentence Patterns
28. Writing in a Clear and Emphatic Style

Tab 9: Word Choice

29. Using a Dictionary and a Thesaurus
30. Using Exact Language
31. Maintaining Appropriate Tone, Style, and Word Choice
32. Making Your Writing Concise

Tab l0: Grammar

33. Learning Parts of Speech
34. Mastering Verb Forms and Tenses
35. Maintaining Subject Verb Agreement
36. Learning Pronoun Types, Cases, and Reference
37. Maintaining Pronoun Antecedent Agreement
38. Using Adjectives and Adverbs Correctly

Tab 11: Punctuation, Spelling, and Mechanics

39. Mastering End Punctuation
40. Mastering the Comma
41. Mastering the Semicolon
42. Mastering the Colon
43. Mastering the Apostrophe
44. Mastering Quotation Marks
45. Mastering Other Marks of Punctuation
46. Improving Your Spelling
47. Using the Hyphen
48. Mastering the Rules of Capitalization
49. Learning to Abbreviate Words, Phrases, and Titles
50. Using Numbers and Italics Correctly


51. Mastering Articles and Plurals of Nouns
52. Mastering Sentence Structure
53. Mastering Verbs and Subject Verb Agreement
54. Using Adjectives, Adverbs, and Participles Correctly
55. Using Words Correctly

Glossary and Index