Rules for Writers with 2009 MLA Update

ISBN-10: 0312593392

ISBN-13: 9780312593391

Edition: 6th 2009

Authors: Diana Hacker
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Book details

List price: $36.99
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 6/19/2009
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 626
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

Preface for Instructors
How to Use This Book
The Writing Process
Generate ideas and sketch a plan.
Rough out an initial draft.
Make global revisions; then revise sentences.
Build effective paragraphs.
Document Design
Become familiar with the principles of document design.
Use standard academic formats.
Use standard business formats.
Clarity
Prefer active verbs.
Balance parallel ideas.
Add needed words.
Untangle mixed constructions.
Repair misplaced and dangling modifiers.
Eliminate distracting shifts.
Emphasize key ideas.
Provide some variety.
Tighten wordy sentences.
Choose appropriate language.
Find the exact words.
Grammar
Repair sentence fragments.
Revise run-on sentences.
Make subjects and verbs agree.
Make pronouns and antecedents agree.
Make pronoun references clear.
Distinguish between pronouns such as I and me.
Distinguish between who and whom.
Choose adjectives and adverbs with care.
Choose appropriate verb forms, tenses, and moods in standard English.
ESL Challenges
Verbs
Articles and types of nouns
Sentence structure
Prepositions and idiomatic expressions
Punctuation
The comma
Unnecessary commas
The semicolon
The colon
The apostrophe
Quotation marks
End punctuation
Other punctuation marks: the dash, parentheses, brackets, the ellipsis mark, the slash
Mechanics
Abbreviations
Numbers
Italics (underlining)
Spelling
The hyphen
Capital letters
Academic Writing
Writing about texts
Constructing reasonable arguments
Evaluating arguments
Research
Conducting research
Evaluating sources
Managing information; avoiding plagiarism
Writing MLA Papers
Supporting a thesis
Avoiding plagiarism
Integrating sources
Documenting sources
Manuscript format; sample paper
Writing APA Papers
Supporting a thesis
Avoiding plagiarism
Integrating sources
Documenting sources
Manuscript format; sample paper
The Basics
Parts of speech
Sentence patterns
Subordinate word groups
Sentence types
Glossary of Usage
Answers to Tutorials and Lettered Exercises
Index
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