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Brevity and practicality are the hallmarks of Rules of Thumb, the reference handbook that students turn to, again and again, throughout their college and professional lives.Rules of Thumb offers advice on the writing and research process, as well as specific guidance on punctuation, mechanics, usage, and a wide variety of common assignments.
Table of Contents
How to Use Rules of Thumb
New to the Fifth Edition of Rules of Thumb
Part One: Correctness
A Word about Correctness
One Word or Two?
Abbreviations and Numbers
Recognizing Complete Sentences
Run-On Sentences and Sentence Fragments
Dashes and Parentheses
Shifting Verb Tenses
Word Endings: s and ed
Part Two: Putting a Paper Together
What to do When You're Stuck
Addressing Your Audience
Writing in Class
Finding an Organzation for Your Essay
Paragraphs-Long and Short
How to Make a Paper Longer(and When to Make it Shorter)
How to Work on a Second Draft
Format of College Papers
Part Three: The Research Paper
How to Start a Research Project
Three Essential Research Skills
Feature: When You Find Too Many or Too Few Sources