The Blair Handbook

The Blair Handbook

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For Freshman and English Composition courses, and other first-year writing classes or seminars in the English and Rhetoric departments.This uniquely organized and acclaimed handbook follows the logical stages of the writing process from inventing and drafting, through researching, to revising and editing. It illustrates the qualities of good writing, and teaches readers how to effectively shape, organize, and develop a voice of their own as they write. Extensive coverage on finding, evaluating, using, and documenting research materials on the Internet, as well as in the library and field, complete this more

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  • Mixed media product | 958 pages
  • 146.05 x 222.25 x 38.1mm | 997.9g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Longman Inc
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0130191973
  • 9780130191977

Table of contents

I. WRITING IN COLLEGE. 1. Questions and Answers About Writing. 2. Reading Critically to Think Critically. 3. The Writing Process. II. PLANNING. 4. Keeping a Journal. 5. Inventing and Discovering. 6. Situating Writing. III. DRAFTING. 7. Reflecting on Experience. 8. Explaining Things. 9. Arguing Positions. 10. Interpreting Texts. IV. RESEARCHING. 11. Writing Research Essays. 12. Conducting Library Research. 13. Conducting Internet Research. 14. Conducting Field Research. 15. Evaluating Research Sources. 16. Using Sources. 17. Documenting Sources: MLA Style. 18. A Sampler of Research Essays. V. REVISING. 19. The Revising Process. 20. Focused Revising. 21. Responding to Writing. VI. EDITING. 22. The Editing Process. Editing for Effectiveness.23. Shaping Strong Paragraphs.24. Improving Openings and Conclusions.25. Strengthening Sentence Structure.26. Creating Emphasis and Variety.27. Building Vital Sentences.28. Being Concise and Direct.29. Adjusting Tone.30. Choosing the Right Word.31. Eliminating Biased Language.Editing Grammar.32. Eliminating Sentence Fragments.33. Correcting Fused Sentences and Comma Splices.34. Using Verbs Correctly.35. Using Modifiers Correctly.36. Using Pronouns Correctly.37. Making Sentences Consistent and Complete.Editing Punctuation.38. End Punctuation.39. Commas.40. Semicolons.41. Colons.42. Apostrophes.43. Quotation Marks.44. Other Punctuation.Editing Mechanics.45. Spelling46. Capitalization.47. Hyphenation.48. Italics.49. Numbers and Abbreviations.VII. PRESENTING YOUR WORK. 50. Designing Documents. 51. Portfolios and Publishing. 52. Making Oral Presentations. VIII. WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM. 53. Understanding the College Curriculum. 54. Writing Essay Exams. 55. Writing in Languages and Literature. 56. Writing in the Humanities. 57. Writing the Social Sciences. 58. Writing in the Sciences. 59. Writing in Business. IX. A GRAMMAR REFERENCE. 60. Parts of Speech. 61. The Elements of a Sentence. 62. Sentence Classification and Sentence Patterns. Glossary of Usage. Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms. ESL Index. more

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