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A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR WRITING IN THE HUMANITIES is an inexpensive concise guide to composition for students in the humanities. This simple, straightforward guide to the structure and style of college writing is meant for students of Humanities instructors who require writing assignments but have little time to give formal instruction in composition.
1. The Formal Essay.
2. Preparing to Write: Critical Thinking.
3. The First Step: The Thesis.
4. Sample Analysis: Poetry, Dickinson, "I Heard a Fly Buzz when I Died".
5. Sample Analysis: Painting, David, Oath of the Horatii.
6. Preparing the Structure: The Outline.
7. Preparing the Final Product: The Format.
8. Sample Paper in the MLA Style.
PART II: WRITING AND RESEARCH BASICS.
9. Notes on Style and Format.
10. Punctuation of Titles, Names, and Other Matters.
11. The Research Paper.
12. Primary and Secondary Sources.
13. Using the Computer in Library Research.
14. The Use Of Sources.
16. In-Text Citation of Source.
Part III: CONSTRUCTING A BIBLIOGRAPHY.
17. Bibliographical Documentation.
18. Bibliographical Documentation in the MLA Style.
19. Bibliographical Documentation in Chicago Style.
20. Bibliographical in the Columbia Online Humanities Style.
21. Sample Bibliography in the MLA Style.
22. Sample Bibliography in Chicago Style.
23. Sample Research Paper in MLA Style.
Part IV: ANALYZING YOUR PAPER.
24. Analysis of the Research Paper.
25. Editing and Rewriting.
26. Sentence Punctuation.
27. Sample Grading Sheet.
28. Grading Abbreviations, Words, and Symbols.
Part V: APPENDIXES.
Appendix I: How to Study in College.
Appendix II: How to Read.
Appendix III: How to Read a Textbook.
Appendix IV: How to Take Notes.
Appendix V: How to Answer an Essay Question.
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