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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 http://gocengage.com/infotrac.
- New coverage of reading electronic texts and writing critical responses in Chapter 9, "Reading to Write," offers students key critical reading and analysis strategies.
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- 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.
Introduction: Ten Habits of Successful Students.
PART I: WRITING ESSAYS.
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.
PART II: DEVELOPING STRATEGIES FOR ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS.
9. Reading to Write.
10. Writing Essay Exams.
11. Writing for the Workplace.
12. Designing Effective Documents.
13. Writing in a Digital Environment.
PART III: SENTENCE STYLE.
14. Building Sentences.
15. Writing Varied Sentences.
16. Writing Emphatic Sentences.
17. Writing Concise Sentences.
18. Using Parallelism.
19. Choosing Words.
PART IV: UNDERSTANDING GRAMMAR.
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.
PART V: UNDERSTANDING PUNCTUATION.
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.
PART VI: UNDERSTANDING SPELLING AND MECHANICS.
35. Improving Spelling.
36. Knowing When to Capitalize.
37. Using Italics.
38. Using Hyphens.
39. Using Abbreviations.
40. Using Numbers.
PART VII: DOING RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTING SOURCES.
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.
PART VIII: BILINGUAL AND ESL WRITERS.
49. Grammar and Style for ESL Writers.
Glossary of Usage.
Answers to Selected Exercises.
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