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

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ISBN-10: 073820370X

ISBN-13: 9780738203706

Edition: 2000

Authors: David R. Williams

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List price: $10.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 7/20/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.58" tall
Weight: 0.616
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?
Choosing a Topic and Telling Your Story
K.I.S.S.
Brainstorming
Why Must We Fight?
Daring Dissent
Swindler's List
Finding Patterns: Comparisons and Contrasts
Freeing the Slaves
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
Choosing a Voice
Whom 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?
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
Choosing Words
Piss and Urine
Being Niggardly About the Paddy Wagon
Snobs and Slobs
Cliches
Say What You Mean--Mean What You Say
Sexist Language
Past and Present
Poetic Prose
Arguing Your Case
No Right or Wrong
Battle Tactics
VGs, AEs, and OAs
Show What You Know and Define Your Terms
Keep Your Argument Grounded
Refute! Reply! Fight Back!
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: Two Examples
"Robert Frost: Gentle New England Satanist" Women Are Like Boxcars: A Study of the Cinderella Myth
Literary Games
The "Deep Inner Meaning" Debate
Searching for Symbols
Texts in Context
Cynics and Essentialists
RaceGenderClass
Francobabble for Freshmen
Morality Plays
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 Horrors
ONW--Omit Needless Words
NAS--Not a Sentence
MM--Misplaced Modifer
//Parallelism Problem
A=They?
AWK--Awkward
OOG--One Step Beyond AWK
BB--back-to-back
Typo--Typographical Error
SP--Spelling
WW--Wrong Word
Some Common Stupid Mistakes
Its, It's, Its', The Possessive
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
"Punct'uation!?!"
Clueless High School Teachers
Commas
Semicolons
Colons
Quotation Marks
Parentheses ( ), Brackets [ ], and Dashes--
Citing Sources Successfully
MLA Style
APA Style
Citing Cyberspace
A Sample Quiz--Just for Fun
Concluding Sermon
The Author's Rap Sheet