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The Writer's Brief Handbook offers student writers a wealth of essential information in a clear, concise, and user-friendly format. A new four-color design, comb-binding, and fifteen tabbed sections enable students to easily and quickly locate and access up-to-date advice on key topics in composition. The latest edition of this versatile resource continues to emphasize in-depth coverage of the writing and research processes and grammar, while adding a range of new material designed to meet the changing needs of today's students. the new edition retains a wealth of student and professional writing examples that help establish realistic expectations for students' writing, but now also includes additional coverage and examples of document design, electronic communication and Web design. The Writer's Brief Handbook's treatment of research has always provided the best information on using libraries available in any brief handbook. Now its research coverage includes even more on Internet search strategies, and evaluation of sources, and more models for citing electronic sources. In addition, its technology package has been expanded to include two new resources: the Longman ExerciseZone and Plagiarism Tutorial CD-ROM, and an Interactive Edition CD-ROM, including the full text along with video clips, Weblinks, and contextually appropriate grammar quizzes and activities. This revision includes increased attention to the writing of arguments, including coverage of Toulmin and Rogerian approaches, and to writing from sources, especially summary, synthesis, paraphrase and plagiarism. Recognizing students' needs for practical advice in communicating in both college and career, the authors have also added a new chapter on oral presentations and new coverage of scannable and online resumes.
Table of Contents
COMP 1. Writing with a Computer.
COMP 2. Planning.
COMP 3. Writing a Draft.
COMP 4. Revising.
COMP 5. Editing.
COMP 6. Annotated Student Essay.
PARA 1. Unity.
PARA 2. Development.
PARA 3. Coherence.
III. GRAMMAR ESSENTIALS.
GRAM 1. Parts of Speech.
GRAM 2. Parts of Sentences.
GRAM 3. Phrases.
GRAM 4. Clauses.
GRAM 5. Types of Sentences.
IV. ESL BASICS.
ESL 1. Verbs.
ESL 2. Nouns, Quantifiers, and Articles.
ESL 3. Adjectives and Adverbs.
ESL 4. Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases.
ESL 5. Parts of Sentences.
ESL 6. Special Problems.
ESL 7. Confusing Words and Phrases.
SENT 1. Parallelism.
SENT 2. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers.
SENT 3. Shifts.
SENT 4. Unified and Logical Sentences.
SENT 5. Subordination and Coordination.
SENT 6. Emphasis.
SENT 7. Sentence Variety.
VI. EDITING FOR GRAMMAR.
EDIT 1. Subject-Verb Agreement.
EDIT 2. Verbs: Form, Tense, Mood, and Voice.
EDIT 3. Pronoun Problems.
EDIT 4. Adjectives and Adverbs.
EDIT 5. Fragments.
EDIT 6. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences.
VII. WORD CHOICE.
WORD 1. Eliminate Clutter.
WORD 2. Exactness.
WORD 3. Appropriateness.
WORD 4. Bias in Writing.
WORD 5. The Dictionary.
WORD 6. The Thesaurus.
WORD 7. Glossary of Usage.
PUNCT 1. The Comma.
PUNCT 2. The Semicolon.
PUNCT 3. The Colon.
PUNCT 4. The Apostrophe.
PUNCT 5. Quotation Marks.
PUNCT 6. Other Punctuation Marks.
MECH 1. Capitals.
MECH 2. Abbreviations.
MECH 3. Numbers.
MECH 4. Italics/Underlining.
MECH 5. The Hyphen.
MECH 6. Spelling.
X. DOCUMENT DESIGN.
DESIGN 1. Understanding the Principles of Design.
DESIGN 2. The Elements of Design.
DESIGN 3. Visuals.
XI. WRITING AN ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY/WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE.
ARGUE 1. Understand the Elements of Argument.
ARGUE 2. Make Appropriate Appeals.
ARGUE 3. Considering Your Audience.
ARGUE 4. Refuting the Opposition's Arguments.
ARGUE 5. Annotated Student Argumentative Essay.
ARGUE 6. Organizing the Argumentative Essay.
WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE.
LIT 1. Reading and Analyzing a Literary Text.
LIT 2. Observing the Conventions.
LIT 3. Using Quotations.
LIT 4. Annotated Student Essay about Literature.
XII. SPECIAL KINDS OF WRITING.
SPECIAL 1. E-Communication.
SPECIAL 2. Business Writing.
SPECIAL 3. Oral Presentations.
SPECIAL 4. Essay Examinations
XIII. THE RESEARCH PAPER.
RESCH 1. Conducting Library and Internet Research.
RESCH 2. Selecting and Evaluating Sources.
RESCH 3 Keeping Track of Information.
RESCH 4. Organizing and Drafting the Research Paper.
RESCH 5. Documenting Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism.
RESCH 6. Integrating Borrowed Information.
RESCH 7. Revising the Research Paper.
XIV. MLA DOCUMENTATION AND FORMAT.
MLA DOCU 1. MLA In-Text Citations.
MLA DOCU 2. MLA List of Works Cited.
MLA DOCU 3. MLA Information Notes.
MLA DOCU 4. MLA Manuscript Format.
MLA DOCU 5. Sample Student Research Paper: MLA Style.
XV. OTHER STYLES: APA AND CMS.
OTHER DOCU 1. APA In-Text Citations.
OTHER DOCU 2. APA Style References.
OTHER DOCU 3. Annotated Student APA-Style Research Paper.