Scott, Foresman Writer

ISBN-10: 0205751970

ISBN-13: 9780205751976

Edition: 5th 2011

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Known for its innovative coverage of argument, in its fifth edition the SF Writer continues to offer writers the most innovative support in documentation, visual rhetoric and applying writing beyond the composition classroom. This is the brief handbook that reflects where the field is going, and provides students with the solutions they will use to strengthen their writing in college and beyond. The SF Writer retains its ground-breaking emphasis on visual rhetoric, while offering fuller coverage of the writing process and various genres of writing. Topics covered include: working as a writer, shaping language, presenting your writing, writing arguments, research, documentation, understanding grammar, and understanding punctuation and mechanics.With its handy format and comprehensive scope of material (including the latest information in writing for the Web) this is the perfect desk reference for anyone that needs to write effectively for business or personal use.
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List price: $149.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/15/2010
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 624
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

Working as a Writer
Writers at Work
Rhetorical Situations
Writing About Something
Writing to Somebody
Writing for Some Purpose
Writing in Some Genre
Preparing to Write
Sizing up an Assignment
Scheduling a Project
Finding and Focusing a Topic
Finding a Topic
Focusing a Topic
Making a Commitment
Offering a Topic Proposal
Crafting a Thesis Sentence
Creating a Structure
Understanding Patterns of Organization
Preparing an Outline
Gathering Materials
Getting Started
Pacing Yourself
Evaluating a Draft
Revising, Editing, and Proofreading
Revising Your Draft
Editing Your Draft
Proofreading Your Draft
Working Collaboratively
Shaping Language
Making Choices About Language
Language and Power
Levels of Language
Word Choice
Civil Language
The Structure of Sentences
Sentence Types
Building Sentences: Coordination
Building Sentences: Subordination
The Shape of Sentences
Using Agent/Action Sentences
Understanding Parallelism
Writing Balanced Sentences
Writing Cumulative Sentences
Writing with Style
Reducing Wordiness
Using Specific Details
Varying Sentence Length
Using Punctuation for Emphasis
Shaping Effective Paragraphs
Focusing Paragraphs With Topic Sentences
Writing Well-Structured Paragraphs
Creating Effective Transitions
Writing Paragraphs That Look Good
Writing Opening Paragraphs
Writing Closing Paragraphs
Presenting Your Writing
Designing Effective Documents
Designing Documents with a Computer
Laying Out Pages
Choosing Type
Adding Charts, Graphs, and Images
Working with Color
Writing for the Web
Using Social Media at School
Participating on Class Web sites
Writing for Wikis, Blogs, and Web 2.0
Establishing your Online Ethos
Giving Oral Presentations
Planning Oral Presentations
Scripting What You'll Say
Preparing Audio and Visual Aids
Speaking before an Audience
Model Documents
Formal Letters
Formal Emails
Letters of Application
Job Interviews
Professional Memos
Writing Arguments
Reading and Responding Critically
Reading Critically
Reacting to What You Read: the Response Paper
Strategies of Argument
Making A Claim
Presenting Evidence
Finding Logical Arguments
Structuring an Argument
Arguing Fairly
Avoiding Fallacies of Argument
An Annotated Argument
Visual Arguments
Understanding Visual Arguments
Creating Visual Arguments
Using Charts, Tables, and Graphs
Writing an Analysis of Literature or Popular Culture
Approaching Textual Analysis
Using Sources in Arguments about Literature or Popular Culture
Developing Arguments on Literature or Popular Culture
Doing Research
Claiming a Topic
Size up an assignment carefully
Browse the library in your topic area
Browse electronic resources
Review your writing process
Planning a Project
Write a research prospectus
Decide how you will handle your research materials
Prepare a working bibliography
Make copies of printed sources
Print or download electronic sources
Checking Organization
Narrow or qualify your claim
Test your organization
Checking Format
Pay attention to the format of work you submit
Insert tables and figures as needed
Be consistent with headings
Include all the components your project requires
Submit your project professionally
Finding Information
Using Information Sources
Learn about your library
Use library catalogs efficiently
Locate suitable bibliographies
Locate suitable indexes to search the periodical literature
Check the Web
Consult biographical resources
Locate statistics
Check news sources
Check book, film, and product reviews
Consult experts and conduct interviews
Searching With Keywords
Understand how a simple keyword search works
Understand the principles of Boolean searching
Search by exact phrase
Evaluating Sources
Understanding Types of Sources
Assessing the Quality of Sources
Consider the authority and reputation of a source
Consider timeliness and stability
Consider significance and thoroughness
Consider bias
Consider the integrity of online information
Using Sources Responsibly
Summarizing and Paraphrasing a Source
Avoiding Plagiarism
Give yourself sufficient time to develop projects
Have confidence in your own abilities
Learn what you need to document
Don't take shortcuts with documentation
Don't copy and paste without giving credit
Don't get involved in collusion
Don't miss the opportunity to learn
Using Sources and Quotations Effectively
Selecting Quotations
Introducing Quotations and Source Materials
Modifying Quotations
Tailor your language so that direct quotations fit into the grammar of your sentences
Use ellipses to show where you have cut material from direct quotations
Documenting a Research Paper
Recognizing Documentation Styles
Knowing What to Document
Provide a source for every direct quotation
Document all ideas, opinions, facts, and information that cannot be considered common knowledge
Document materials that readers might question or wish to explore further
Furnish dates, credentials, and other information to assist readers
Use links to document electronic sources
Use computer programs to document your project
Finding Documentation Information (Source Maps)
For books, check the title and copyright pages for documentation information
For scholarly journals, check the cover or contents page for documentation information
Check magazines articles for documentation information
For newspapers, check the masthead and credits column for documentation information
Expect full documentation from the Web sites you use
MLA Documentation
Insert in-text notes wherever you use sources in the body of your paper
Identify outside sources clearly each time you use them
Locate referenced material as precisely as possible
Place and punctuate parenthetical citations correctly
List all cited sources on a separate "Works Cited" page
Sample Research Paper���MLA
APA Documentation
In the body of your paper, place a note for each source you use
Identify sources clearly each time you use them
Provide page numbers to locate quotations and paraphrased passages
Place and punctuate parenthetical notes appropriately
On a separate page at the end of your project, list alphabetically every source you have cited
Sample Empirical Research Paper���APA
CMS Documentation
How CMS documentation works
Using CMS footnotes and endnotes
Insert a raised note number after each cited passage
Document a source fully in the first note mentioning it
Shorten subsequent notes for sources you've already fully documented
Use in-text parenthetical notes for numerous citations of one source
Formatting CMS footnotes and endnotes
Formating CMS bibliographies
Sample literary analysis���CMS
Key Grammatical Terms
Sentence Errors
Sentence Fragments
Intentional Fragments
Comma Splices
Run-On Sentences
Misplaced and Dangling Modifying Phrases
Placement of Adjectives
Problems with Adjectives
Absolute Adjectives
Forms of Adverbs
Placement of Adverbs
Double Negatives
Comparatives and Superlatives
Subject-Verb Agreement
Agreement With Singular and Plural Subjects
Agreement With Indefinite Pronouns
Agreement With Collective Nouns
Agreement When the Subject is Hard to Identify
Verb Tense, Voice, and Mood
Verb Tenses
Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
Verb Forms
Active and Passive Voice
Subjunctive Mood
Pronoun Reference
Pronoun Agreement
Pronoun Case
That, Which, and Who
Suggestions for ESOL Writers
Common ESOL problem areas
Gerunds and Infinitives
Prepositional Phrases
Nouns, Articles, and Quantifiers
Punctuation and Mechanics
End Punctuation
Question Marks
Exclamation Marks
Commas to Separate
Commas to Enclose
Commas to Connect
Unnecessary Commas
Semicolons and Colons
Quotation Marks and Ellipses
Quotation Marks
Parentheses and Brackets
Dashes, Hyphens, and Slashes
Em Dashes
En Dashes
Italics and Capitalization
Apostrophes, Abbreviations, and Numbers
Spell Checkers
Spelling Problems
Dictionary and Thesaurus
Glossary of Usage and Index
Glossary of Usage
Directories to MLA and
APA Notes���Alphabetical
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