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This sixth edition of THE POCKET WADSWORTH HANDBOOK provides up-to-date, realistic advice for today's digital-age students. Instructors and students alike will find it clearly written, thorough, easy to navigate, and indispensable for use in college courses and beyond. As the authors of several composition handbooks, Kirszner and Mandell are consistently praised for their instinct for teaching, clarity, and student-friendliness. Teachers themselves, the authors have successfully brought their student-centered approach to their discussion of writing. Each student text is packaged with a free Cengage Essential Reference Card to the MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition.
- To provide students with quick and easy access to the latest changes in MLA style, The Cengage Essential Reference Card to the MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition, is packaged free with each student text.
- New coverage of reading electronic texts and writing critical responses in Chapter 1, “Reading Critically,” offers key critical reading and analysis strategies.
- Two thoroughly revised student papers, “WIKIPEDIA: Friend or Foe?” and “The Great Debate: WIKIPEDIA and College-Level Research,” illustrate the writing process in Chapter 3 and the research process in Chapters 6 and 11. Additionally, updated and expanded coverage of MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE documentation styles in Chapters 11-14 includes numerous models that help students correctly apply the latest citation guidelines when writing in various disciplines.
- Two thoroughly revised research chapters (Chapter 7, “Finding Information,” and Chapter 8, “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 7 emphasizes the importance of practical research outside the library.
- New coverage of avoiding intentional, unintentional, and other kinds of plagiarism in Chapter 10, “Avoiding Plagiarism,” offers students strategies for managing their time and producing top-quality original work.
- A clear, student-friendly style is the hallmark of authors who regularly teach first-year students.
- The authors provide up-to-date, realistic advice for writing and researching in the digital age.
- THE POCKET WADSWORTH HANDBOOK features extensive treatment of writing and research with abundant student writing samples.
- The text includes the most current guidelines for MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE documentation; an extensive writing-centered treatment of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics; a section on practical assignments (designing documents, writing in a digital environment, writing for the workplace, making oral presentations, and writing in the disciplines); an entire part addressing ESL concerns; and many checklists, close-up boxes, and cross-references students can use to practice and improve their writing and research skills.
Part I: WRITING ESSAYS AND PARAGRAPHS.
1. Reading Critically.
2. Understanding Purpose and Audience.
3. Writing an Essay.
4. Writing Paragraphs.
5. Writing an Argumentative Essay.
Part II: WRITING WITH SOURCES.
6. Writing a Research Paper.
7. Finding Information.
8. Evaluating Sources.
9. Integrating Source Material into Your Writing.
10. Avoiding Plagiarism.
Part III: DOCUMENTING SOURCES.
11. MLA Documentation Style.
12. APA Documentation Style.
13. Chicago Documentation Style.
14. CSE and Other Documentation Styles.
Part IV: WRITING GRAMMATICAL SENTENCES.
15. Revising Run-ons.
16. Revising Fragments.
17. Understanding Agreement.
18. Using Verbs.
19. Using Pronouns.
20. Using Adjectives and Adverbs.
Part V: WRITING EFFECTIVE SENTENCES.
21. Writing Varied Sentences.
22. Writing Concise Sentences.
23. Revising Awkward or Confusing Sentences.
24. Using Parallelism.
25. Placing Modifiers Carefully.
26. Choosing Words.
Part VI: UNDERSTANDING PUNCTUATION.
27. Using End Punctuation.
28. Using Commas.
29. Using Semicolons.
30. Using Apostrophes.
31. Using Quotation Marks.
32. Using Other Punctuation Marks.
Part VII: UNDERSTANDING SPELLING AND MECHANICS.
33. Becoming a Better Speller.
34. Knowing When to Capitalize.
35. Using Italics.
36. Using Hyphens.
37. Using Abbreviations.
38. Using Numbers.
Part VIII: DEVELOPING STRATEGIES FOR ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS.
39. Ten Habits of Successful Students.
40. Designing Effective Documents.
41. Writing in a Digital Environment.
42. Writing for the Workplace.
43. Making Oral Presentations.
44. Writing in the Disciplines.
Part IX: RESOURCES FOR BILINGUAL AND ESL WRITERS.
45. Adjusting to the US Classroom.
46. Grammar and Style for ESL Writers.
Appendix A: Grammar Review.
Appendix B: Usage Review.
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