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The Brief Cengage Handbook, 2016 MLA Update 8th Edition

Laurie G. Kirszner, Stephen R. Mandell

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  • Previous Editions 2017
  • 688 Pages
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Overview

THE BRIEF CENGAGE HANDBOOK, 8th Edition, provides students with extensive coverage of rhetorical concerns, the writing and research process, composing in digital environments and in various genres, and other topics essential for 21st century student writers. This versatile and proven text is a uniquely effective guide to help students develop the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills they need to become successful communicators in college and beyond. Experienced teachers and collaborative writing partners throughout their careers, Kirszner and Mandell bring an "in-the-trenches" pragmatic understanding of instructor and student needs to every page of this edition. This edition has been updated to reflect guidelines from the 2016 MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition.

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.
  • The MLA documentation reflects significant changes in the new MLA HANDBOOK Eighth Edition, published in April 2016.
  • Updated and expanded coverage of the rhetorical situation in Chapter 1, "Understanding the Rhetorical Situation," helps students make informed choices about content, emphasis, organization, format, style, and tone.
  • Three new chapters (Chapter 9, "Writing Proposals"; Chapter 21, "Understanding, Exploring, and Developing Multimodal Texts"; and Chapter 25, "Composing a Rhetorical Analysis") guide students through the process of developing and delivering various texts in a range of genres.
  • Two thoroughly revised research chapters (Chapter 12, "Finding Information," and Chapter 13, "Evaluating Sources") reflect the way students conduct research and address the issues they're likely to encounter.
  • Updated and expanded coverage of MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE documentation styles in Chapters 17−20 includes numerous model citations that help students correctly apply the latest documentation guidelines when writing in various disciplines.
  • New planning guides throughout the text help students plan and organize a range of documents in various formats.
  • New exercises throughout the text allow students to practice at each stage of the writing, revising, and editing processes.
  • A new "Ten Habits of Successful Students" foldout illustrates and helps students apply the strategies of successful students both in and out of college.
  • The text covers MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE documentation styles and provides sample student essays to illustrate proper use of the styles.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at the beginning of each part, marginal FAQ icons in each chapter, and numerous checklists summarizing key information students can quickly access as they work on writing projects all help to reinforce learning and make preparing for assignments and exams easier.
  • This remarkably accessible brief handbook features an open, uncluttered design using 13 tabbed dividers in corresponding colors for each section to help students find information quickly and easily.
How to Use This Book.
Acknowledgments.
Part I: APPROACHING TEXTS.
1. Understanding the Rhetorical Situation.
2. Reading and Interpreting Texts.
3. Reading and Interpreting Visuals.
Part II: DEVELOPING ESSAY PROJECTS.
4. Planning.
5. Shaping.
6. Drafting and Revising.
Part III: DEVELOPING CRITICAL THINKING AND ARGUMENTATION SKILLS.
7. Thinking Critically.
8. Writing an Argumentative Essay.
9. Writing Proposals.
10. Using Visuals as Evidence.
Part IV: CONDUCTING RESEARCH.
11. Developing a Research Project.
12. Finding Information.
13. Evaluating Sources.
14. Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Sources.
15. Synthesizing Sources.
16. Using Sources Ethically.
Part V: DOCUMENTING SOURCES.
17. MLA Documentation Style.
18. APA Documentation Style.
19. Chicago Documentation Style.
20. CSE and Other Documentation Styles.
Part VI: COMPOSING AND EVALUATING DIGITAL DOCUMENTS.
21. Understanding, Exploring, and Developing Multimodal Texts.
22. Composing in Digital Environments.
23. Designing Effective Documents.
Part VII: COMPOSING IN THE DISCIPLINES.
24. Composing in the Humanities.
25. Composing a Rhetorical Analysis.
26. Composing a Literary Analysis.
27. Composing in the Social Sciences.
28. Composing in the Natural and Applied Sciences.
Part VIII: COMPOSING IN OTHER GENRES.
29. Creating a Writing Portfolio.
30. Writing Essay Exams.
31. Writing for the Public.
32. Writing in the Workplace.
33. Developing and Delivering Presentations.
Part IX: DEVELOPING PARAGRAPH AND SENTENCE STYLE.
34. Writing Effective Paragraphs.
35. Writing Varied Sentences.
36. Writing Emphatic Sentences.
37. Writing Concise Sentences.
38. Using Parallelism.
39. Choosing Words.
Part X: UNDERSTANDING SENTENCE GRAMMAR.
40. Using Verbs.
41. Using Pronouns.
42. Using Adjectives and Adverbs.
43. Revising Fragments.
44. Revising Run-Ons.
45. Revising Agreement Errors.
46. Revising Awkward or Confusing Sentences.
47. Revising Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers.
Part XI: UNDERSTANDING PUNCTUATION.
48. Using End Punctuation.
49. Using Commas.
50. Using Semicolons.
51. Using Apostrophes.
52. Using Quotation Marks.
53. Using Other Punctuation Marks.
Part XII: UNDERSTANDING SPELLING AND MECHANICS.
54. Improving Spelling.
55. Knowing When to Capitalize.
56. Using Italics.
57. Using Hyphens.
58. Using Abbreviations.
59. Using Numbers.
Part XIII: COMPOSING FOR MULTILINGUAL WRITERS.
60. Adjusting to the US Classroom.
61. Grammar and Style for Multilingual Writers.
Appendix A: Parts of Speech.
Appendix B: Sentence Review.
Appendix C: Glossary of Usage.
Credits.
Index.
Correction Symbols.
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