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Summary: Comprehensive in coverage yet compact in size, this Fifth Edition has been thoroughly revised and is available in two formats: as an inexpensive paperback or as a durable hardcover. The Modern Writer's Handbook, while comparable with larger full-size handbooks in every respect including a full treatment of writing and research processes, focuses on user-friendly features to promote self-help in writing and revision. Innovations include revised and expanded coverage ...show more on writing arguments, critical/active reading, prewriting, revision, and ESL. This is a thoroughly up-to-date handbook for writers in the electronic era, with word-processing tips and suggestions throughout the book, and new coverage on researching, evaluating, and citing electronic sources, plus the latest MLA and APA documentation guidelines for these sources. For anyone interested in composition. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 5TH 00
I. THE PROCESS OF WRITING.
1. Preparing to Write: Prewriting.
Finding a Topic.
Determining the Purpose.
Identifying an Audience.
Considering the Writer's Role.
2. Planning and Drafting.
Focusing the Topic: A Working Thesis.
Planning the Paper.
Writing the First Draft.
Sample First Draft.
3. Improving the First Draft: Revision.
Revising from the Top Down.
Revising for Style.
Getting Feedback: Peer Review.
Editing and Proofreading.
Sample Final Draft.
4. Building Coherent Paragraphs.
Patterns of Development.
Paragraphs of Introduction.
II. READING CRITICALLY AND WRITING LOGICALLY.
5. Being a Critical Reader.
6. Writing Arguments.
Building an Effective Argument.
Using Deductive and Inductive Reasoning.
Avoiding Logical Fallacies.
7. Basic Sentence Grammar.
8. Word Classes: The Parts of Speech.
9. Phrases, Clauses, and Sentences.
Types of Sentences.
IV. SENTENCE FORM.
Fragments Lacking a Subject.
Fragments Lacking a Predicate.
Dependent Clause Fragments.
11. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences.
12. Verb Forms.
Principal Parts for Regular and Irregular Verbs.
Verb Forms for Tense, Voice, and Mood.
Appropriate Forms of Troublesome Verbs.
13. Subject-Verb Agreement.
Intervening Phrases or Clauses.
Nouns Plural in Form but Singular in Meaning.
Indefinite and Relative Pronoun Subjects.
Units of Measurement, Time, and Money.
Inverted Sentence Order.
Agreement with Subject, Not Subject Complement.
14. Pronouns: Agreement, Reference, and Usage.
15. Pronoun Case.
Subjective, Possessive, and Objective.
16. Adjectives and Adverbs.
Misused Adjective Forms.
Misused Adverb Forms.
Comparative and Superlative Forms of Adjectives and Adverbs.
17. Shifts and Mixed Constructions.
18. Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers.
19. Sentence Completeness.
Omitted Comparative Words.
20. English as a Second Language.
Nouns, Articles, and Other Determiners.
Adjectives, Adverbs, and Qualifiers.
Verbs in Sentences.
V. CLEAR SENTENCES.
21. Coordination, Subordination, and Parallelism.
Wordiness and Repetition.
Directness of Assertion.
23. Variety and Emphasis.
Variety of Sentence Structure.
Emphasizing Important Elements.
VI. DICTION AND STYLE.
24. Appropriate Word Choice.
25. Sexist and Biased Language.
26. Exact Word Choice.
Specific and General Words.
Concrete and Abstract Words.
Denotation and Connotation.
VII. PUNCTUATION, MECHANICS, AND SPELLING.
27. End Punctuation.
The Question Mark.
The Exclamation Point.
28. The Comma.
Between Coordinate Elements.
After Introductory Words, Phrases, and Clauses.
Before Certain Terminal Elements.
Around Interrupting Elements.
29. The Semicolon.
Between Independent Clauses.
Between Items in a Series.
30. The Colon.
Before Elements Introduced Formally.
Before Formal Appositives.
Between Two Independent Clauses.
In Salutations and Bibliographical Entries.
31. The Dash.
With an Introductory Series.
With Parenthetical Elements.
With Terminal Elements.
With Incidental Comments and Additional Information.
With Items in a Series.
With Other Punctuation Marks.
With Inserted Information.
34. Quotation Marks.
For Direct Quotations.
For Quotations within Quotations.
For Titles of Short Works.
With Other Punctuation Marks.
Misused Quotation Marks.
35. Ellipsis Points and the Slash.
36. Italics or Underlining.
37. The Apostrophe.
In Possessive Forms.
In Plural Forms.
38. The Hyphen.
In Compound Nouns.
In Compound Adjectives.
In Compound Numbers and Fractions.
With Prefixes and Suffixes.
For Word Division at the End of a Line.
For Titles or Designations.
For Acronyms and Organizational Abbreviations.
In Dates and Numbers.
Avoiding Unconventional Abbreviations.
Numbers versus Words in Sentences.
For Conventional Identifications.
First Words of Sentences or Verses.
Titles, Names, and Words Based on Names.
Doubling the Final Consonant.
Dropping or Keeping the Silent e.
Changing or Keeping a Final y.
Choosing between ei and ie.
Forming Noun Plurals.
Distinguishing among Homophones.
VIII. THE RESEARCH PAPER.
43. Selecting and Limiting a Topic.
Limiting Your Topic.
44. Doing Research.
Scheduling Your Research Paper.
Primary and Secondary Sources of Information.
Compiling a Working Bibliography.
45. Writing the Research Paper.
Formulating a Preliminary Thesis and Constructing a Working Outline.
Constructing a Formal Outline.
Writing and Revising the Paper.
46. Documenting Sources -- MLA Style.
Preparing the List of Works Cited.
Sample MLA Works Cited Entries.
Sample In-Text Parenthetical Citations -- MLA Style.
47. Documenting Sources -- APA and Other Styles.
Preparing the List of References.
Sample APA References.
Sample In-Text Parenthetical Citations -- APA Style.
Other Documentation Styles.
48. Sample Research Papers.
Sample MLA Paper.
Sample APA Paper.
IX. ACADEMIC AND BUSINESS WRITING.
49. Writing in the Humanities and about Literature.
Writing about Literature.
Sample Literary Analysis.
50. Writing in the Social, Natural, and Applied Sciences.
Writing in the Social Sciences.
Writing in the Natural Sciences.
Writing in the Applied Sciences.
51. Writing Essay Examinations.
Preparing for the Examination.
Evaluating the Question and Timing Yourself.
Deciding on a Response Strategy.
Planning and Prewriting.
Drafting Your Response.
Sample Essay Examination Response.
52. Writing for Business.
The Business Letter.
Glossary of Usage.
Glossary of Grammatical Terms.
The User's Self-Help Section.
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