The Ready Reference Handbook by Jack Dodds


The Ready Reference Handbook by Jack Dodds

With in-depth guidance in the grammar, style, and rhetoric of American academic English, The Ready Reference Handbook, Fourth Edition, suits a range of learners and learning styles, including traditional students and students whose primary language is not English. Easy to use and always encouraging, this handbook provides students with the ultimate quick reference guide for any writing situation. This comprehensive handbook contains many helpful pedagogical features including quick-reference How-to... boxes that guide students through the activities of writing, revising, and editing and Focus On... charts on each tabbed divider that direct students to the topics in corresponding sections. Students receive the most up-to-date information on MLA documentation with the enclosed tri-fold card providing NEW 2009 MLA Handbook formats.


I. The Writing Process. Composing. 1. Becoming a Critical Writer. 2. Inventing Your Writing. 3. Planning and Organizing. 4. Writing, Revising, and Editing. Paragraphing. 5. Unify Your Paragraphs. 6. Developing Topics and Paragraphs. 7. Creating Coherence. II. Sentence Editing. Identifying Grammar. 8. Parts of Speech. 9. Sentence Parts. 10. Phrases, Clauses, and Sentence Types. Editing Grammar and Usage. 11. Editing Sentence Fragments. 12. Fixing Comma Splices and Fused Sentences. 13. Choosing Verb Forms. 14. Making Subjects and Verbs Agree. 15. Making Pronouns and Antecedents Agree. 16. Making Pronoun Reference Clear. 17. Choosing Pronoun Case Forms. 18. Choosing Adjectives and Adverbs. 19. Putting Linked Words in Parallel Form. III. Crafting Sentences. Crafting Sentences. 20. Writing Emphatically. 21. Adding Variety. 22. Avoiding Mixed and Incomplete Messages. 23. Placing Modifiers. 24. Avoiding Faulty Shifts. IV. Choosing Words. Choosing Words. 25. Choosing Exact Words. 26. Choosing Vivid Words. 27. Choosing Appropriate Words. 28. Editing Wordiness. A Guide to Usage. 29. Troublesome Words and Phrases. V. Guide for Multilingual Writers. Guide for Multilingual Writers. 30. Articles and Quantifiers. 31. Verbs. 32. More Grammar. VI. Punctuation. Punctuating. 33. End Punctuation. 34. The Comma. 35. The Semicolon. 36. The Colon. 37. The Apostrophe. 38. Quotation Marks. 39. Other Punctuation Marks. VII. Mechanics, Spelling, and Document Design. Mechanics. 40. Capital Letters. 41. Italics/Underlining. 42. Abbreviations. 43. Numbers. 44. The Hyphen. Spelling. 45. Spelling. Document Design. 46. Formatting Your Writing. VIII. Research and the Internet. The Research Project. 47. Choosing a Topic, Finding Sources, Preparing a Bibliography. 48. Searching the Internet. 49. Evaluating Print and Electronic Sources, Writing Research Notes. 50. Planning, Writing, Using Sources, and Revising. 51. Avoiding Plagiarism in Your Project. IX. MLA Documentation. MLA Documentation. 52. Writing MLA In-Text Citations. 53. Preparing the MLA Works Cited List. 54. Sample MLA Research Project. X. APA and Other Documentation Styles. APA Documentation. 55. Using the APA In-Text Citation Style. Other Styles. 56. Using Endnotes or Footnotes (The Chicago Style). 57. Using the CSE Style and Other Styles. XI. Argument and Persuasion. Argument and Persuasion. 58. Creating Logical Arguments. 59. Arguing Persuasively. XII. Special Writing Projects. Writing about Literature. 60. Writing about Literature. Essay Examinations. 61. Essay Examinations. Business Writing. 62. Business and Professional Writing. Online Writing. 63. Writing Online.

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Spiral bound
544 pages


Jack Dodds
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Publication date

14th June 2009



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