Blair Handbook, The (1998 MLA Update Edition)

Blair Handbook, The (1998 MLA Update Edition)

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Appropriate for Freshman Composition and other writing courses, including writing-intensive courses in other disciplines.

This acclaimed handbook combines a fresh approach, unique organization, and consistent focus on process. Coverage explores writers' purposes and processes before advancing to planning, drafting, researching, revising, and editing. In their discussion on editing, the authors present issues of style, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics, emphasizing the actual choices that writers make rather than arbitrary rules.
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  • Paperback
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130821799
  • 9780130821799

Table of contents

I. WRITING IN COLLEGE.

1. Questions and Answers about Writing.
2. Reading Critically to Write Well.
3. The Writing Process.
II. PLANNING.

4. Keeping a Journal.
5. Writing for a Reason.
6. Inventing and Discovering.
7. Addressing Audiences.
8. Finding A Voice.
III. DRAFTING.

9. Recounting Experience.
10. Explaining Things.
11. Arguing Positions.
12. Interpreting Texts.
13. Reflecting on the World.
IV. RESEARCHING.

14. Writing Research Essays.
15. Conducting Library Research.
16. Conducting Field Research.
17. Using Sources.
18. Documenting Sources: MLA Style
19. A Research Sampler.
V. REVISING.

20. The Revising Process.
21. Focused Revising.
22. Responding to Writing.
VI. EDITING.

23. The Editing Process.
Editing for Effectiveness.
24. Shaping Strong Paragraphs.25. Improving Openings and Conclusions.26. Strengthening Sentence Structure.27. Creating Emphasis and Variety.28. Building Vital Sentences.29. Being Concise and Direct.30. Adjusting Tone.31. Choosing the Right Word.32. Eliminating Biased Language.Editing Grammar.
33. Eliminating Sentence Fragments.34. Correcting Fused Sentences and Comma Splices.35. Selecting Correct Verbs.36. Making Subjects and Verbs Agree.37. Using Adjectives and Adverbs.38. Positioning Modifiers Carefully.39. Clarifying Pronoun Reference.40. Making Pronouns and Antecedents Agree.41. Choosing Pronoun Case.42. Making Sentences Consistent and Complete Sentences.Editing Punctuation.
43. End Punctuation.44. Commas.45. Semicolons.46. Colons.47. Apostrophes.48. Quotation Marks.49. Other Punctuation.Editing Mechanics.
50. Spelling.51. Capitalization.52. Hyphenation.53. Italics.54. Numbers.55. Abbreviations.VII. PRESENTING YOUR WORK.

56. Designing Document.
57. Creating Writing Portfolios.
58. Making Oral Presentations.
VIII. WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM.

59. Writing Across the Curriculum.
60. Writing Essay Examinations.
61. Writing in Languages and Literature.
62. Writing in the Humanities.
63. Writing in the Social Sciences.
64. Writing in the Physical Sciences.
65. Writing in Business.
IX. A GRAMMAR REFERENCE.

66. Parts of Speech.
67. The Elements of a Sentence.
68. Sentence Classification and Sentence Patterns.
Glossary of Usage.
Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms.
ESL Index.
Index.
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