Rules of Thumb

ISBN-10: 0073384003
ISBN-13: 9780073384009
Edition: 8th 2010
List price: $31.56
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Book details

List price: $31.56
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 6/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Acknowledgments
The Meaning of "Rule of Thumb"
How to Use Rules of Thumb
The Basics: Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar
A Word about Correctness
Commonly Confused Words
One Word or Two?
Spelling
Capitalization
Abbreviations and Numbers
Apostrophes
Consistent Pronouns
I vs. Me, She vs. Her, He vs. Him, Who vs. Whom
Vague Pronouns
Recognizing Complete Sentences
Period or Comma? Run-on Sentences and Sentence Fragments
Feature: Using But, However, Although
Commas
Semicolons
Colons
Dashes and Parentheses
Quotation Marks
Titles: Italics, Underlines, or Quotation Marks
Shifting Verb Tenses
Verb Agreement
Word Endings: -s and -ed
Parallel Structure
Dangling Constructions
Mixed Sentence Patterns
Putting a Paper Together
What to Do When You're Stuck
Addressing Your Audience
Writing with a Thesis
Finding an Organization for Your Essay
Introductions
Paragraphs-Long and Short
Transitions
Incorporating Quotations
Conclusions
How to Make a Paper Longer (and When to Make It Shorter)
How to Work on a Second Draft
Shortcuts for "Word"
Proofreading Tips
Format of College Papers
Special Case: Writing an Essay in Class
Special Case: Writing about Literature
The Research Paper
Seven Steps to a Research Paper
How to Conduct Research
Feature: Sizing Up a Website
Getting Information Online and at the Library
Feature: When You Find Too Few or Too Many Sources
Writing the Research Paper
Feature: PowerPoint Presentations
Plagiarism (Cheating)
What Is Documentation?
Feature: Where to Find Specific Entries for Works Cited, References, and Bibliography
Documentation: The MLA Style
Documentation: The APA Style
Documentation: Footnotes, Endnotes, and Bibliography
Style
Finding Your Voice
Adding Details
Repetition: Bad, Not-So-Bad, and Good
Eliminating Inappropriate Language
Trimming Wordiness
Using Strong Verbs
Varying Your Sentences
Recognizing Cliches
Keeping a Journal
Postscript
A List of Valuable Sources
About the Authors
Index
Troubleshooting Guide

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