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Summary: 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 ...show morepresentations 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. Edition/Copyright: 4TH 05
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
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company