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Rules of Thumb A Guide for Writers

ISBN-10: 0077397096
ISBN-13: 9780077397098
Edition: 8th 2010 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $53.00
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 11/4/2009
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Rules of Thumbis a concise, user-friendly, and affordable handbook developed around students' real writing needs. An invaluable companion for writers at all levels, it gives students the advice they need on writing, research, grammar, and style in a clear and engaging voice. Reflecting the most current APA documentation styles, the eighth edition remains the ideal handbook for improving grammar without overwhelming student writers with specialized terminology.

Acknowledgements
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: Underlines, Italics, 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: Endnotes and Bibliography
Style
Finding Your Voice
Adding Details
Repetition: Bad, Not-So-Bad, and Good
Recognizing Cliches
Eliminating Offensive Language
Trimming Wordiness
Using Strong Verbs
Varying Your Sentences
Keeping a Journal
Postscript
A List of Valuable Sources
About the Authors
Index
Troubleshooting Guide, inside back cover

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