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Pocket Keys for Writers 4th Edition

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PART I: Writing in College. 1. The Reading and Writing Process. 2. What Do Readers Expect in Your Writing?. A clear purpose and audience. A clear main idea. A conversation with sources and ideas. Revised and polished writing. Standard Written English. The issue of I in academic writing. 3. Is Your Argument Convincing?. Critical thinking. A debatable claim (thesis). Reasons and evidence. Areas of common ground. Visuals. Model paper 1: A student's argument essay (MLA). 4. Presentation Matters. In print. Online. Text (color, lists, headings). Photos and images. Data (tables, graphs, charts). Oral and multimedia presentations, PowerPoint, e-portfolios. Multimodal composition. PART II: Research: Finding and Evaluating Sources. 5. How to Search for Information. Source material and collecting primary data. Print and online sources. Visual sources. Starting points. Keyword searching. Google. Online alerts. 6. How to Recognize a Scholarly Article. Print articles. Online articles. 7. How to Evaluate Sources. Print sources. Online sources. Basic information on Web sites. PART III: Using and Citing Sources: Writing without Plagiarizing. 8. Citing Your Sources. Why, what, and how to cite sources. Boundaries of a source citation. Avoiding plagiarism. Keeping track of sources. Bibliographic software, databases, and Word 2007. 9. How to Use and Integrate Source Material. Organization with ideas, not sources. Summarizing and paraphrasing. Quoting. Integrating source citations. PART IV: Documenting Sources. 10. MLA Style. Index of MLA Style. Basic features. Citing sources. MLA list of works cited. Print books (Source Shot 1). Print articles (Source Shot 2). Online databases (Source Shot 3). Web sources. Visual, performance, multimedia, miscellaneous sources. Model paper 2: A student's research paper, MLA style. 11. APA Style. Index of APA Style. Basic features. Citing sources. List of references. Print books and parts of books. Print articles (Source Shot 4). Online sources (Source Shot). Visual, multimedia, miscellaneous sources. Model paper 3: A student's research paper, APA style. 12. Chicago Style. Index of Chicago Style. Basic features. Citing sources. Endnotes and footnotes. Print books. Print articles. Online sources. Audiovisual, multimedia, miscellaneous sources. A student's Chicago bibliography. Model paper 4: Samples from a student's Chicago research paper. PART V: The Five C's for Clear Style. 13. Cut. Wordiness. Formulaic phrases. References to your intentions. 14. Check for Action ("Who's Doing What?"). "Who's doing what?". Sentences beginning with there or it. Unnecessary passive voice. 15. Connect. Consistent subjects. Transitional words. Variety in connecting ideas. 16. Commit. Confident stance. Consistent tone. 17. Choose Your Words Carefully. Vivid and specific words. Slang, regionalisms, and jargon. Biased and exclusionary language. PART VI: Common Sentence Problems. 18. FAQs about Sentences. 19. Fixing a Sentence Fragment. What a sentence needs. Turning fragments into sentences. Beginning with and, but, or or. Intentional fragments. 20. Fixing a run-on or comma splice. Identifying. Correcting. 21. Untangling Sentence Snarls. Mixed constructions, faulty comparisons, convoluted syntax. Misplaced modifiers. Dangling modifiers. Shifts. Logical sequence after the subject. Parallel structures. Is when and the reason is because. Necessary and unnecessary words. 22. Using Verbs Correctly. Verb in Standard Written English. Auxiliary verbs. Verbs commonly confused. Verb tenses. -ed forms (past tense, past participle). Conditional sentences, wishes, requests, demands, recommendations. Active and passive voices. 23. Making Subjects and Verbs Agree. Basic principles. Words between subject and verb. Subject following the verb. Eight tricky subjects. Collective nouns (family, etc.). Compound subjects (and, or, nor). Indefinite pronouns (anyone, etc.). Expressing quantity (much, etc.). Relative clauses (who, which, that). 24. Using Pronouns. Which to use (I/me, he/him, etc.). Specific antecedent. Agreeing with antecedents. Using you. Relative pronouns (who, whom, which, that). 25. Adjectives and Adverbs. Forms. When to use. Hyphenated (compound) adjectives. Double negatives. Comparatives and superlatives. PART VII: Punctuation and Mechanics. 26. Punctuation Shows Intent. 27. Commas. 28. Apostrophes. 29. Quotation Marks. 30. Other Punctuation Marks. 31. Italics and Underlining. 32. Capitals, Abbreviations, and Numbers. 33. Hyphens. 34. Online Guidelines. PART VIII: Writing across Languages and Cultures. 35. Standard Written English. Cultures and Englishes. Spoken varieties and Standard Written English. 36. Nouns and Articles (a, an, the). Types of nouns. Basic rules. The for specific reference. Four questions to ask about articles. 37. Infinitive, -ing, and -ed Forms. Verb + infinitive. Verb + -ing. Preposition + -ing. Verb + infinitive or -ing. -ing or -ed adjectives. 38. Sentence Structure and Word Order. Basic rules. Direct and indirect objects. Direct and indirect questions. Although and because clauses. PART IX: Words to Watch For. 39. Glossary of Usage. Index. Editing Marks. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ann Raimes, a respected authority on writing, research, grammar, and ESL, created the KEYS FOR WRITERS family of handbooks (Cengage Learning) to be the most accessible, user-friendly handbooks available.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 4 edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111183301X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111833015
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 4.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Accidentally posted the wrong review for this item... Anyway, well, it's a textbook. It IS handy, and fairly cheap (I stuck with the rental). Amazon Prime got it here on time, a day early if I recall. Used book was in good condition, and if you're rough with college writing, especially writing in the MLA format, it's pretty brief and concise in providing helpful information.
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The book arrived as described and expected. Huge savings from purchasing at school book store. We would order again from this site.
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Great textbook. It was and is just what I needed for writing in English ll. Will be handy for future classes
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ordered for a class and it has come in handy. I even keep it at work for those times when I need to be reminded of how to formalize business letters, etc.
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By Tom on February 26, 2013
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Although it is a used book, but these book is old which has many hair and sticky stuff in it.
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As Described
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