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Rules of Thumb A Guide for Writers

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ISBN-10: 0077397096

ISBN-13: 9780077397098

Edition: 8th 2010 (Revised)

Authors: Jay Silverman, Elaine Hughes, Diana Roberts Wienbroer

List price: $53.00
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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.
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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: 0.814
Language: English

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?
Abbreviations and Numbers
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
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
Paragraphs--Long and Short
Incorporating Quotations
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
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
A List of Valuable Sources
About the Authors
Troubleshooting Guide, inside back cover