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The Writer's Harbrace Handbook, 2016 MLA Update 6th Edition

Cheryl Glenn | Loretta Gray

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THE WRITER'S HARBRACE HANDBOOK, 6th Edition, builds on the belief that an understanding of the rhetorical situation is the best starting point for effective writing and reading. This handbook guides students in using rhetorical understanding as they choose the most effective information to include, the best arrangement and delivery of that information, and the most appropriate language. This updated edition includes several sample student papers and instructions for successfully completing similar assignments. It also addresses WPA Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition (version 3.0) criteria. Packaged with a free Cengage Essential Reference Card to the MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition.

Cheryl Glenn, The Pennsylvania State University

Distinguished Professor of English and Women's Studies and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at The Pennsylvania State University, Cheryl Glenn is widely known for her scholarship, leadership, and teaching. Besides authoring THE HARBRACE GUIDE TO WRITING and co-authoring THE HARBRACE HANDBOOKS, she is author of the prize-winning RHETORIC RETOLD: REGENDERING THE TRADITION FROM ANTIQUITY THROUGH THE RENAISSANCE; UNSPOKEN: A RHETORIC OF SILENCE; RHETORICAL EDUCATION IN AMERICA; LANDMARK ESSSAYS ON RHETORIC AND FEMINISM; RHETORIC AND WRITING IN THE NEW CENTURY; and several other titles. Dr. Glenn's rhetorical scholarship has earned her many awards, including three National Endowment for the Humanities awards, the Conference on College Composition and Communication's Richard Braddock Award, Rhetoric Review's Outstanding Essay Award, Best Book/Honorable Mention from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, and Rhetorician of the Year. She has served as Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the largest organization of writing and rhetoric teachers in the world; as President of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition; on the CCCC and NCTE Executive Committees; as Chair of the Modern Language Association (MLA) Division on the History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition; and as a member of the MLA Delegate Assembly. Dr. Glenn's teaching and scholarship have earned her six university teaching and mentoring awards.

Loretta Gray, Central Washington University

Professor of English at Central Washington University, Loretta Gray has three degrees related to her interest in composition and applied linguistics: Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (School for International Training), Master of Arts in Spanish (Middlebury College), and Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics (Boston University). She has experience teaching English to non-native speakers in Mexico, Spain, and the United States. In addition, she taught Spanish at Clemson University and applied linguistics at the School for International Training. Dr. Gray has been teaching composition and applied linguistics courses at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, since 1992. She also is co-author of the textbook RHETORICAL GRAMMAR.

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The Writer's Harbrace Handbook, 2016 MLA Update


1. Reading, Writing, and the Rhetorical Situation.
2. Planning and Drafting Essays.
3. Revising and Editing Essays.
4. Managing Academic Writing.
5. Communicating Online.
6. Multimodal Composing.
7. Composing Arguments.
8. Planning Research.
9. Finding Appropriate Sources.
10. Evaluating Print and Online Sources.
11. Using Sources Critically and Responsibly.
12. Writing about Literature.
13. MLA Documentation.
14. Writing in the Social Sciences.
15. APA Documentation.
16. Writing in the Humanities.
17. CMS Documentation.
18. Writing in the Natural Sciences.
19. CSE Documentation.
20. Writing in Business.
21. Sentence Essentials.
22. Phrases and Clauses in Sentences.
23. Sentence Fragments.
24. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences.
25. Verbs.
26. Pronouns.
27. Modifiers.
28. Sentence Unity.
29. Subordination and Coordination.
30. Parallelism.
31. Emphasis.
32. Variety.
33. Good Usage.
34. Precise Word Choice.
35. Conciseness.
36. The Comma.
37. The Semicolon and Colon.
38. The Apostrophe.
39. Quotation Marks.
40. The Period and Other Punctuation Marks.
41. Spelling, the Spell Checker, and Hyphenation.
42. Capitals.
43. Italics.
44. Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Numbers.
45. Determiners, Nouns, and Adjectives.
46. Verbs and Verb Forms.
47. Word Order.
Glossary of Usage.
Glossary of Terms.

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