Sin Boldly! Dr. Dave's Guide to Writing the College Paper

ISBN-10: 0465091598

ISBN-13: 9780465091591

Edition: 2nd 2004

Authors: Dave Williams

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Caught in the middle of paper-writing hell? Hoping to avoid further writing transgressions? Trusty Dr. Dave can show you the way. Cheeky, practical, and entertaining to boot, Sin Boldly! is unlike any other writing handbook you have ever used (or intended to use, or used as a dorm room doorstop, or left unopened to gather dust on your shelf). Jammed with sage advice, genuine encouragement, and the grading secrets your teachers never told you, this book provides a simple road map for improving one of the most important skills for success in college and beyond. En route to Sin Boldly!-induced A+ bliss, you will encounter a wide range of issues -- from choosing a topic (featuring "Why Must We Fight?") to developing a voice ("Dissing the Prof"), from using the right words (the difference between piss and urine) to recognizing common mistakes ("Must of Alot of Attitude"). Fully revised and updated with new examples, quizzes, and tips, Sin Boldly! is an essential guide for anyone wanting to write clearly and effectively, whether you are a beginning writer looking for the basics or an established one needing a little polishing. Book jacket.
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 8/11/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction: What It's All About
Some Really Crude Basics
What Is a College Paper?
Format and Length
Timing Counts!
How Much Work Do I Have to Do?
Picking Your Nose at 4 a.m.
Choosing a Topic and Telling Your Story
K.I.S.S.
Plagiarize
Brainstorming
Why Must We Fight?
Daring Dissent
Swindler's List
Finding Patterns: Comparisons and Contrasts
Freeing the Slaves
Look for the Conflict
End with a Bang
Before Plunging In
In the Beginning ... Pulling Your Creation Out of the Void
Do I Really Need an Outline?
What's in a Title?
The Topic Paragraph
Topic Sentences
Keep the Flow Going
Sentences and Paragraphs
Be Specific
Show; Don't Tell
Choosing a Voice
Who Must You Pretend to Be?
Faking Other Voices
Sin Boldly!
Dialogue
Voices to Avoid
Dissing the Prof
Imagining Your Audience
Ungrammatical Voices
Breezy or Pompous?
Overwriting
Plain-Style American Populism
Yankee Doodle's Macaroni
McMurphy's "Average Asshole"
The All-American Con-Man
Empowering or Cowering
PC Patty
Business and Other Jargon
Bushwhacking Bush
Choosing Words
Piss and Urine
Christian Dogs
Being Niggardly About the Paddy Wagon
Snobs and Slobs
Cliches
Say What You Mean--Mean What You Say
The Prepositionless Excremental
Sexist Language
Past and Present
Poetic Prose
Arguing Your Case
No Right or Wrong
Make It Yours
Battle Tactics
VGs, AEs, and OAs
Show What You Know and Define Your Terms
Keep Your Argument Grounded
Refute! Reply! Fight Back!
The Propaganda Machine
How to Lose Your Case
Circular Reasoning
Just Say No to "Just"
Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc
Ad Hominem
False Choices
Non Sequitur
Teleological False Assumptions
Blaming the Victim
Emotionally Logical
For Instance: Three Examples
"Robert Frost: Gentle New England Satanist"
"Bouncing into Graceland"
"Women Are Like Boxcars"
Literary Games
What Is "Literature," Anyway?
The "Deep Inner Meaning" Debate
The Voice Behind the Voice
Searching for Symbols
Texts in Context
Class and the Classroom Context
Cynics and Essentialists
RaceGenderClass
Francobabble for Freshmen
Morality Plays
Dr. Dave's Dirty Dozen, or the Twelve Deadly Sins of Writing About Literature
The Social Sciences
What's the Dif?
Free to Be? Free at All?
Nature and Nurture
Praise and Blame
Cause and Effect Again
Constructed Snobs and Essential Slobs
Grammatical Horros
ONW--Omit Needless Words
NAS--Not a Sentence
MM--Misplaced Modifier
//--Parallelism Problem
A [not equal] They
AWK--Awkward
OOG--One Step Beyond AWK
BB--Back-to-Back
Typo--Typographical Error
SP--Spelling
WW--Wrong Word
Big Brother Bill Cannot Be Trusted
Some Common Stupid Mistakes
Its, It's, and Its'
One's and Theirs
The Split Infinitive
"Hopefully" and Other Controversies
Adjective or Adverb?
Prepositions and Their Pronouns
Fewer and Less
Who and Whom
Unclear Referents
I, Me, Mine
Subjunctive Dreams
Plurals
Hyphens
Must of Alot of Attitude
Edit Carefully!
"Punct'uation!?!"
Clueless High School Teachers
Commas
Semicolons
Colons
Quotation Marks
Block That Quote!
Parentheses (), Brackets [], and Dashes
Citing Sources Successfully
MLA Style
APA Style
Citing Cyberspace
Some Sample Quizzes--Just for Fun!
Test Your Skills
Why Punctuation Is Important
Why Punctuation Is Important: Two
Concluding Sermon
The Author's Rap Sheet
Index
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