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Writing Skills Handbook - With 2003 MLA Updates

Writing Skills Handbook - With 2003 MLA Updates - 5th edition

ISBN13: 978-0618406630

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ISBN13: 978-0618406630
ISBN10: 0618406638
Cover type: Spiral
Edition/Copyright: 5TH 03
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2003
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Writing Skills Handbook - With 2003 MLA Updates - 5TH 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618406630

Charles Bazerman and Harvey S. Wiener

ISBN13: 978-0618406630
ISBN10: 0618406638
Cover type: Spiral
Edition/Copyright: 5TH 03
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Writing Skills Handbook is written for undergraduate writing courses in which instructors wish to spend little or no class time on matters of grammar and mechanics, yet want their students to have a concise, accessible reference tool to use independently for help with their most common writing problems. Using non-technical language, the authors state rules as briefly as possible, provide short, simple examples and sentences, and present a clear, succinct overview of the composing process. Deliberately brief, with no exercises, the handbook offers an overview of the research paper and provides models of the most frequently used citations.

Throughout the text, lists and charts conveniently summarize and review key concepts. Writing Skills Handbook is part of the Houghton Mifflin English Essentials series.

  • An expanded writing process chapter and increased coverage of collaborative writing make this handy guide to writing more appropriate than ever for the contemporary first-year composition course.
  • Added coverage of online research and more examples of electronic documentation provide students with what they need to know for research papers. A new section helps students more efficiently navigate search engines and Internet sites.

Table of Contents

I. Composition

1. The Writing Process

1a Writing Throughout the Process
1b Collaborating Throughout the Process
1c Gathering Ideas
1d Planning
1e Writing and Rewriting
1f Preparing the Final Copy

2. The Paragraph

2a Writing the Topic Sentence
2b Adding Supporting Details
2c Arranging the Supporting Details
2d Other Paragraph Patterns
2e Writing Transitions
2f Ending the Paragraph

3. The Essay

3a Details and Their Arrangement
3b The Thesis Statement
3c The Outline
3d The Opening Paragraph
3e The Middle Paragraph
3f Transitions
3g The Conclusion
3h A Sample Essay

4. Writing from Sources

4a Summary Writing
4b The Response Essay
4c The Synthesis Essay
4d The Original Argument Using Sources
4e Evaluating Your Sources
4f Plagiarism
4g Documenting Sources
4h Works Cited List

5. Logic

II. The Sentence

6. Sentence Form

6a The Basic Sentence
6b Sentence Fragments
6c Combined Sentences
6d Run-on Sentences
6e Tangled Sentences
6f Misplaced and Dangling Descriptive Words
6g Some Pointers on Sentence Form

7. Verbs

7a What Is a Verb?
7b Agreement of Subject and Verb
7c Verb Tenses
7d Active and Passive Verbs
7e Needless Shifts in Tense

8. Pronouns

8a Pronoun References
8b Pronouns and Gender
8c Pronouns as Subjects and Objects
8d Pronouns That Show Ownership
8e Pronouns That Relate

9. Adjectives and Adverbs

9a Singular and Plural Adjectives
9b Adjectives Made from Verbs
9c Comparisons Using Adjectives and Adverbs

10. Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

11. Style and Usage

11a Specific and General Words
11b Repetition
11c Wordiness
11d Clichés and Slogans
11e Shades of Meaning
11f Inclusive Language
11g Words Commonly Confused

III. Mechanics

12. Punctuation

12a Stops at the End of the Sentence
12b Breaks in the Middle of the Sentence
12c Other Punctuation

13. Quotation Marks

13a Direct Quotations
13b Long Direct Quotations
13c Quotations Within Quotations
13d Titles of Short Works
13e Quotation Marks with Other Marks of Punctuation

14. Capitals

14a Sentences and Quotations
14b Letters
14c Proper Names

15. Numbers

15a Figures
15b Addresses
15c Times
15d Percentages
15e Dates
15f Figures That Show Order
15g Parts of a Book

16. Abbreviations

16a Titles
16b Parts of Company Names
16c People's Names
16d Companies and Government Agencies
16e School Subjects
16f Latin Words
16g Symbols Used with Words
16h Abbreviations or Symbols Used with Numbers
16i Months and Days

17. Italics

17a Titles of Major Works
17b Foreign Words
17c Words, Letters, and Numbers Used as Such
17d Words That Need Emphasis

18. Spelling

18a Spelling Correctly
18b Words Often Misspelled
18c Homonyms and Near Homonyms
18d The ie Rule
18e Final e
18f Doubled Letters
18g Final y
18h Plurals
18i Using a Dictionary for Spelling and Meaning

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