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Rules for Writers - With MLA Update

Rules for Writers - With MLA Update - 6th edition

Rules for Writers - With MLA Update - 6th edition

ISBN13: 9780312593391

ISBN10: 0312593392

Rules for Writers - With MLA Update by Diana Hacker - ISBN 9780312593391
Edition: 6TH 09
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Bedford Books
International: No
Rules for Writers - With MLA Update by Diana Hacker - ISBN 9780312593391

ISBN13: 9780312593391

ISBN10: 0312593392

Edition: 6TH 09

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Rules for Writerssucceeds because it has always been grounded in classroom experience. By looking at her own students' needs, Diana Hacker created an affordable and practical classroom tool that doubles as a quick reference. Developed with the help of instructors from two- and four-year schools, the sixth edition gives students quick access to the information they need to solve writing problems in any college course. In the Hacker tradition,the new contributing authors - Nancy Sommers, Tom Jehn, Jane Rosenzweig, and Marcy Carbajal Van Horn- have crafted solutions for the writing problems of today's college students. Together they give us a new edition that provides more help with academic writing and research and one that works better for a wider range of multilingual students. Flexible content options - in print and online - allow students to get more than they pay for.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors

How to Use This Book


1. Generate ideas and sketch a plan.

2. Rough out an initial draft.

3. Make global revisions; then revise sentences.

4. Build effective paragraphs.


5. Become familiar with the principles of document design.

6. Use standard academic formats.

7. Use standard business formats.


8. Prefer active verbs.

9. Balance parallel ideas.

10. Add needed words.

11. Untangle mixed constructions.

12. Repair misplaced and dangling modifiers.

13. Eliminate distracting shifts.

14. Emphasize key ideas.

15. Provide some variety.

16. Tighten wordy sentences.

17. Choose appropriate language.

18. Find the exact words.


19. Repair sentence fragments.

20. Revise run-on sentences.

21. Make subjects and verbs agree.

22. Make pronouns and antecedents agree.

23. Make pronoun references clear.

24. Distinguish between pronouns such as I and me.

25. Distinguish between who and whom.

26. Choose adjectives and adverbs with care.

27. Choose appropriate verb forms, tenses, and moods in standard English.


28. Verbs

29. Articles and types of nouns

30. Sentence structure

31. Prepositions and idiomatic expressions


32. The comma

33. Unnecessary commas

34. The semicolon

35. The colon

36. The apostrophe

37. Quotation marks

38. End punctuation

39. Other punctuation marks: the dash, parentheses, brackets, the ellipsis mark, the slash


40. Abbreviations

41. Numbers

42. Italics (underlining)

43. Spelling

44. The hyphen

45. Capital letters


46. Writing about texts

47. Constructing reasonable arguments

48. Evaluating arguments


49. Conducting research

50. Evaluating sources

51. Managing information; avoiding plagiarism


52. Supporting a thesis

53. Avoiding plagiarism

54. Integrating sources

55. Documenting sources

56. Manuscript format; sample paper


57. Supporting a thesis

58. Avoiding plagiarism

59. Integrating sources

60. Documenting sources

61. Manuscript format; sample paper


62. Parts of speech

63. Sentence patterns

64. Subordinate word groups

65. Sentence types

Glossary of Usage

Answers to Tutorials and Lettered Exercises


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