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The Concise Wadsworth Handbook 4th Edition

Laurie G. Kirszner, Stephen R. Mandell

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  • Previous Editions 2011, 2008, 2008
  • 592 Pages
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Tailored to student learning styles and needs, grounded in student models, and used as a resource for all academic and workplace contexts, THE CONCISE WADSWORTH HANDBOOK, Fourth Edition, offers practical writing advice for today's student--emphasizing the writing and research processes in a brief, affordable, spiral-bound format. Student and instructor friendly, easy to use, and offering comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the writing and research processes, the Fourth Edition features revised checklists and other boxed features to help students comprehend and apply important concepts to their writing. In addition, a unique section--Part 2, "Developing Strategies for Academic and Professional Success"--contains chapters on reading for college, writing essay exams, writing for the workplace, designing effective documents, and writing in a digital environment. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

Laurie G. Kirszner, University of the Sciences, Emeritus

Laurie G. Kirszner is a best-selling author who is well known nationally. Kirszner, together with coauthor Stephen R. Mandell, has written best sellers for nearly every English market. They have the deepest publishing record of any literature anthology author team and have successfully published up and down the curriculum from developmental to literature.

Stephen R. Mandell, Drexel University

Stephen R. Mandell is a best-selling author who is well known nationally. Mandell, together with coauthor Laurie G. Kirszner, has written best sellers for nearly every English market. They have the deepest publishing record of any literature anthology author team and have successfully published up and down the curriculum from developmental to literature.
  • New coverage of reading electronic texts and writing critical responses in Chapter 9, "Reading to Write," offers students key critical reading and analysis strategies.
  • InfoTrac® Student Collections are specialized databases expertly drawn from the Gale Academic One library. Each InfoTrac® Student Collection enhances the student learning experience in the specific course area related to the product. These specialized databases allow access to hundreds of scholarly and popular publications - all reliable sources - including journals, encyclopedias, and academic reports. Learn more and access at:
  • Two thoroughly revised student papers, "
  • Two thoroughly revised research chapters (Chapter 42, "Finding Information," and Chapter 43, "Evaluating Sources") reflect the way students conduct research and address the issues they're likely to encounter. Additionally, expanded coverage of field research in Chapter 42 emphasizes the importance of practical research outside the library.
  • New coverage of avoiding intentional, unintentional, and other kinds of plagiarism in Chapter 46, "Avoiding Plagiarism," offers students strategies for managing their time and producing top-quality original work.
  • Numerous checklists summarize key information that students can quickly access as needed.
  • Close-up boxes provide an in-depth look at some of the more perplexing writing-related issues students will encounter.
  • Chapters 47 and 48 include the most up-to-date documentation and format guidelines from the Modern Language Association and the American Psychological Association.
  • Marginal cross-references throughout the book allow students to flip directly to other sections that treat topics in more detail.
How to Use This Book.
Introduction: Ten Habits of Successful Students.
1. Understanding Purpose and Audience.
2. Planning an Essay.
3. Using a Thesis to Shape Your Essay.
4. Drafting and Revising.
5. Writing Paragraphs.
6. Thinking Critically.
7. Writing Argumentative Essays.
8. Writing Essays about Literature.
9. Reading to Write.
10. Writing Essay Exams.
11. Writing for the Workplace.
12. Designing Effective Documents.
13. Writing in a Digital Environment.
14. Building Sentences.
15. Writing Varied Sentences.
16. Writing Emphatic Sentences.
17. Writing Concise Sentences.
18. Using Parallelism.
19. Choosing Words.
20. Using the Parts of Speech.
21. Using Nouns and Pronouns.
22. Using Verbs.
23. Using Adjectives and Adverbs.
24. Revising Fragments.
25. Revising Run-ons.
26. Revising Agreement Errors.
27. Revising Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers.
28. Revising Awkward or Confusing Sentences.
Overview of Sentence Punctuation: Commas, Semicolons, Colons, Dashes, Parentheses (Chart).
29. Using End Punctuation.
30. Using Commas.
31. Using Semicolons.
32. Using Apostrophes.
33. Using Quotation Marks.
34. Using Other Punctuation Marks.
35. Improving Spelling.
36. Knowing When to Capitalize.
37. Using Italics.
38. Using Hyphens.
39. Using Abbreviations.
40. Using Numbers.
41. Writing a Research Paper.
42. Finding Information.
43. Evaluating Sources.
44. Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Sources.
45. Synthesizing Sources.
46. Avoiding Plagiarism.
47. MLA Documentation Style.
48. APA Documentation Style.
49. Grammar and Style for ESL Writers.
Glossary of Usage.
Answers to Selected Exercises.
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