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Nuts and Bolts of College Writing

Nuts and Bolts of College Writing - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0872205741

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Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co.
Published: 2003
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Nuts and Bolts of College Writing - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0872205741

Michael Harvey

ISBN13: 978-0872205741
ISBN10: 0872205746
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co.

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Engagingly written and illustrated with scores of telling examples, this plainspoken how-to book for college writers identifies those qualities that most typically distinguish good writing from bad and provides practical measures for avoiding pitfalls.

Included are do's and don'ts for achieving concision, clarity, and flow, as well as pointers on using punctuation, writing gracefully, citing sources, and structuring persuasive writing.

Championing "the plain style" with a keen appreciation for the uses to which language can be put--including abuses to which it is prone--The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing is a guide that never fails to remind readers why good writing matters so much in the first place, in college and beyond.

Table of Contents

1. CONCISION

The Pompous Style at School.

2. CLARITY

1. Choose Verbs over Nominalizations.
2. Choose Active Verbs over Linking Verbs.
3. Choose the Active Voice over the Passive Voice.
Clarity and Honesty.

3. FLOW

1. Use Consistent Characters.
2. Use Pronouns and Other Pointers.
3. Use Punch Lines.
4. Use Conjunctions and Other Linking Words.

4. PUNCTUATION

Commas and Comma Splices.
Semicolons.
Colons.
Dashes.
Parentheses.
Questions.

5. GRACEFULNESS

1. The Historical Present.
2. Appositives.
3. Parallelism.
4. Tricolon.
5. Concession.
6. Qualification.

6. USING SOURCES

Winning Your Audience's Trust.
Weaving Sources into Your Prose.
Quoting Effectively.

7. PARAGRAPHS

The Function of Paragraphs.
Opening Sentences.
Designing Paragraphs.
Sections.

8. BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS

Beginnings.
Endings.
Last Thought.

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