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The Concise Wadsworth Handbook, 3rd Edition

  • Laurie G. Kirszner University of the Sciences, Emeritus
  • Stephen R. Mandell Drexel University
  • ISBN-10: 142829192X  |  ISBN-13: 9781428291928
  • 552 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2008, 2005
  • © 2011 | Published
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About

Overview

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, THIRD 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 Third Edition features strengthened discussions of grammar, style, punctuation, and mechanics as well as 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 Success"--contains chapters on reading for college, writing essay exams, writing for the workplace, designing effective documents, and writing in a digital environment.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book.
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 Material.
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 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 Sentence 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.
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. Using and Evaluating Library Sources.
43. Using and Evaluating Internet 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. Credits. Index. Correction Symbols.

What's New

  • New collaborative writing icons appear alongside features and exercises to emphasize peer review and collaborative work.
  • A new Chapter 45, "Synthesizing Sources," helps students learn to integrate varied source material into their writing projects and provides strategies for writing effective explanatory and argumentative syntheses.
  • New coverage of writing portfolios in Chapter 4, "Drafting and Revising," offers students strategies for showcasing their work.
  • Two new student papers, "Wikipedia: Friend or Foe?" and "The Great Debate: Wikipedia and College-Level Research," now illustrate the writing process in Chapter 4 and the research process in Chapters 41 and 47. Additionally, expanded coverage of MLA and APA documentation styles in Chapters 47 and 48 includes numerous models that help students correctly apply the latest citation guidelines when writing in various disciplines.
  • A new Chapter 13, "Writing in a Digital Environment," offers practical advice on writing in the rapidly evolving world of electronic communications.
  • An expanded and enhanced Part 8, "Bilingual and ESL Writers," discusses essential composition topics in the context of the specific needs and challenges of non-native and bilingual speakers.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"The students I meet are high needs and varied. They need an all-in-one guide with exercises and appropriate research examples. This book provides all of that in an easily understood, upbeat manner."

— Joshua Dickinson, Jefferson Community College

"... Easy to use, and because the explanations contained in the text are thorough, [it allows] ... me to direct students to the text without having to use teaching time explaining typical grammar problems."

— Eve Dunbar, Vassar College

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Laurie G. Kirszner

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

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.