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Overview

MindTap™ English Handbook provides students and instructors all the tools they need to navigate and manage the challenging demands of today’s college composition courses. A value-priced, all-in-one digital solution, MindTap Handbook includes reliable, searchable composition instruction, answers to students’ most frequently asked questions about writing, and a robust set of auto-graded self-assessment tools to guide students through the writing process. Access to millions of scholarly books, academic journals, articles and newspapers is a click away via Cengage Learning’s unique resource, the Questia database. Students will learn to properly organize and cite these resources with the program’s easy to use bibliography building and citation generation tools. MindTap Handbook includes a mobile app option as well—this innovative, user-centered resource offers students access to the information and tools they need when and where they need them.

  • Easily grade student papers electronically using customizable rubrics and correction mark sets that link to related content in the eBook. Save time managing peer review electronically and catch citation and plagiarism issues early with our originality checker.
  • Select readings to include in your course from a database of over 9 million articles and 78,000 full books.
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  • A variety of activity options allow your students to create their own multimodal compositions and share them with their peers.
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PART I: WRITING.
Getting Started: Why We Write
1. Planning.
Quick Reference; A General Subject; Ideas and Planning; A Specific Topic; Your Role, Readers, and Purpose; A Working Thesis Statement.
2. Drafting.
Quick Reference; Organization; An Outline; A Rough Draft; A Title and Introductory and Concluding Paragraphs.
3. Revising.
Quick Reference; Content Revision; Style Revision ; Technical Revision; Peer Editing; The Final Draft.
4. Paragraphs.
Quick Reference; Unified Paragraphs; Coherent Paragraphs; Paragraph Length; Organization and Development.
5. Critical Thinking and Argumentation.
Quick Reference; Principles of Reasoning; Purposes of Writing; Ways to Respond Critically; Argumentation; A Sample Argument.
6. Essay Exams.
Quick Reference; Strategies; Organization and Development; Timed Practice.
7. Business Writing.
Quick Reference; Business Writing; The Résumé; Business Correspondence.
8. Writing about Literature.
Quick Reference; Analyzing Literature: Preparing to Write; Choosing an Approach; Structuring the Paper; Following Style and Documentation Guidelines; A Glossary of Literary Terms; A Sample Literature Paper.
9. Document Design and Manuscript Preparation.
Quick Reference; A Document’s Purpose; Basic Printing Features; Visual Elements; Website Design.
PART II: RESEARCH.
Getting Started: Engage with Everyday Research.
10. Developing a Subject into a Thesis.
Quick Reference: Topic, Research, and Note Taking; Subject to Topic; A Working Thesis Statement or Research Question.
11. Finding and Evaluating Sources.
The Library; Online Catalogs; Periodical Databases; Using Electronic Sources; Selecting and Evaluating Sources.
12. Taking Notes and Avoiding Plagiarism.
Taking Notes; Avoiding Plagiarism.
13. Organizing and Writing Research Projects.
Overview: Organizing, Writing, and Documenting; Organization; A Rough Draft; Incorporating Source Material and Avoiding Plagiarism; Revision; A Final Manuscript.
14. Sample Research Papers.
A Sample Research Paper (MLA Format); A Sample Research Paper (APA Format).
15. Disciplines: Links and Resources.
PART III: CITATIONS (MLA/APA).
Getting Started: Identifying Sources and Their Publication Information.
16. MLA Style.
Overview: MLA Style; In-Text Citations; Works-Cited Entries: General Formatting Guidelines; Books; Periodicals; Sources Available Only Online or Electronically; Other Types of Sources; MLA Paper Format; Sample Research Paper in MLA Format.
17. APA Style.
Overview; In-Text Citations; Reference List Entries; Books; Periodicals ; Sources Available Only Online or Electronically; Other Types of Sources; APA Paper Format; Sample Research Paper in APA Format.
PART IV: STYLE.
Getting Started.
18. Sentence Variety.
Quick Reference; Sentence Length; Sentence Types; Sentence Beginnings; Coordination and Subordination.
19. Emphasis.
Quick Reference; Active and Passive Sentences; Concision.
20. Diction.
Quick Reference; Levels of Diction; Denotations and Connotations; Specific Words; Biased Language; Slang and Regionalisms; Clichés and Triteness; Forms of Idioms; Jargon; Euphemisms; Pretentious Language; Figures of Speech; Neologisms and Archaisms.
21. Word Usage.
PART V: GRAMMAR.
Getting Started: Evaluating a Cover Letter.
22. Parts of Speech.
Quick Reference; Nouns; Pronouns; Verbs; Adjectives; Adverbs; Conjunctions.
23. Sentences.
Quick Reference; Parts of Sentences; Kinds of Sentences.
24. Fragments.
Quick Reference; Without Subjects or Verbs; Subordinate Clauses; Special Use of Fragments.
25. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences.
Quick Reference; Forming Two Sentences; Using a Semicolon; Using Coordinating and Subordinating Conjunctions; Conjunctive Adverbs.
26. Agreement.
Quick Reference; Subjects and Verbs; Pronouns and Antecedents.
27. Parallelism.
Quick Reference: Parallelism; With Coordinating Conjunctions; With Correlative Conjunctions; Repetition of Sentence Elements.
28. Pronoun Reference.
Quick Reference; Unclear Pronoun Reference; Reflexive Pronouns and Subjects of Sentences; Clear Pronoun References.
29. Pronoun Case.
Quick Reference; Subjective Case; Objective Case; Possessive Case; Appositives and Elliptical Constructions; Who and Whoever and Whom and Whomever.
30. Positioning Modifiers.
Quick Reference; Clarity and Smoothness; Dangling Modifiers; Squinting Modifiers.
31. Verb Tenses.
Quick Reference; Verb Forms; Simple Tenses; Perfect Tenses; Progressive Tenses; Relationships among Actions and Conditions; Mood.
32. Adjectives and Adverbs.
Quick Reference; Modifying Nouns and Pronouns; Modifying Verbs, Adjectives, and Adverbs; Positive, Comparative, and Superlative Adjectives and Adverbs; Troublesome Adjective and Adverb Pairs.
33. For ESL Writers: Working beyond Mechanics.
Quick Reference; Writing in the American Culture; General Issues of Writing; Special Concerns; Technical Issues for ESL Writers: A Guide.
34. Glossary of Grammatical Terms.
PART VI: PUNCTUATION.
Getting Started: Signs of Trouble.
35. End Punctuation.
Quick Reference; Periods; Question Marks; Exclamation Points.
36. Commas.
Quick Reference; Three or More Items in a Series; Compound and Compound-Complex Sentences; Introductory Words and Phrases; Nonrestrictive Information; Contrasting Sentence Elements; Expressions That Signal Direct Quotations; Numbers, Dates, Addresses, Place Names, and Titles; Unnecessary Commas.
37. Semicolons and Colons.
Quick Reference; Independent Clauses; Sentence Elements That Contain Commas; Incorrect Use of Semicolons; To Introduce Elements; Numerals; Incorrect Use of Colons.
38. Apostrophes.
Quick Reference; Possessive Case; Omission of Letters and Numbers; Not with Possessive Pronouns.
39. Other Marks of Punctuation.
Quick Reference; Dashes; Hyphens; Parentheses; Brackets; Ellipses Points.
40. Capitals.
Quick Reference; The First Word in Every Sentence; Proper Nouns and Proper Adjectives; Titles and Subtitles.
41. Italics.
Quick Reference: Italics; Titles of Lengthy Published Works; Specific Names of Ships, Trains, Aircraft, and Spacecraft; Unfamiliar Foreign Words and Phrases; Words Used as Words, Letters Used as Letters, and Numbers Used as Numbers; For Emphasis.
42. Quotation Marks.
Quick Reference; Direct Quotations and Dialogue; Punctuation with Quotation Marks; Titles of Brief Works, Parts of Long Works, and Unpublished Works; Ironic or Other Special Use of a Word.
43. Numbers and Abbreviations.
Quick Reference: Numbers and Abbreviations; Numbers; Abbreviations.
44. Spelling.
Quick Reference; General Rules; Dictionaries; Technical Words and British Variants.
45. Glossary of Grammatical Terms.
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“MindTap meets students in the fully digital age in which they live, tapping into their needs and interests, while giving instructors freedom and flexibility to customize courses to fit their needs and interests, too.”

“I like how everything is in one spot. They can read, do their assignments, and watch video right in the same location. It seems easy to navigate and customize.”

“MindTap is at the vanguard of developing means to generate student appeal while engaging them in the learning - writing - process. In an age where data and tech permeates the classroom, MindTap is a refreshing addition to education.”

“I felt like I had a tutor helping me, and reminding me all the good things to do for studying and completing assignments. It helped me stay on track.”

“The fact that MindTap Handbook is an app is phenomenal and will likely increase student use. Many of my students use mobile devices… to take notes in class, remember homework, and even begin basic prewriting for their essays. Integrating their handbook into a device they already use and are comfortable with makes sense.”

“MindTap meets students in the fully digital age in which they live, tapping into their needs and interests, while giving instructors freedom and flexibility to customize courses to fit their needs and interests, too.”

“I like how everything is in one spot. They can read, do their assignments, and watch video right in the same location. It seems easy to navigate and customize.”

“MindTap is at the vanguard of developing means to generate student appeal while engaging them in the learning - writing - process. In an age where data and tech permeates the classroom, MindTap is a refreshing addition to education.”

“I felt like I had a tutor helping me, and reminding me all the good things to do for studying and completing assignments. It helped me stay on track.”

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ISBN: 9781305403338
MindTap™ English Handbook provides students and instructors all the tools they need to navigate and manage the challenging demands of today’s college composition courses. A value-priced, all-in-one digital solution, MindTap Handbook includes reliable, searchable composition instruction, answers to students’ most frequently asked questions about writing, and a robust set of auto-graded self-assessment tools to guide students through the writing process. Access to millions of scholarly books, academic journals, articles and newspapers is a click away via Cengage Learning’s unique resource, the Questia database. Students will learn to properly organize and cite these resources with the program’s easy to use bibliography building and citation generation tools. MindTap Handbook includes a mobile app option as well—this innovative, user-centered resource offers students access to the information and tools they need when and where they need them.

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