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Prentice Hall Reference Guide to Grammar and Usage, 4/e

Muriel Harris, Purdue University

Published August, 1999 by Prentice Hall Humanities/Social Science

Copyright 2000, 404 pp.
Spiral Bound
ISBN 0-13-021022-6

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For any writing course in English or other disciplines where writing is done. A brief, spiral-bound handbook for writers who want a clear, concise, user-friendly reference beside them while they write. Its easy-to-navigate coverage offers a wide variety of traditional topics and ESL tips as well as the most current information on writing with computers, conducting online research, and using MLA, APA, Chicago Manual, and CBE citation formats. ALL writers—not only those in composition courses—will find valuable assistance with the writing process (including help with peer response and using computers effectively); argument; all major areas of grammar and mechanics; conducting research in libraries and online; using the World Wide Web as a resource; documenting and evaluating both print and electronic sources; document design; and writing résumés and cover letters. One of the few brief handbooks to include exercises in the book.


NEW—Open, easy access design which includes tabs that have key questions to help reference specific sections of the book.

  • New design makes it easier for students to find the information they are looking for by examining the tools and techniques of online research; using, evaluating and documenting Internet sources; and World Wide Web search engines and websites—including a list of useful web addresses.
NEW—Features four chapters on the Internet and on-line research, including evaluating on-line sources.
  • Arms students with all the tools/advice they need to effectively conduct on-line research.
NEW—Interactive Companion Website including self-graded practice questions for each chapter and additional material on doing on-line research (contained in the website).
  • Offers students additional practice with immediate feedback, as well as a centralized web-location from which to launch their on-line research.
NEW—The most current job-search resources—Including information on scannable résumés, new samples and more discussion of cover-letter writing.
  • Prepares students for writing in the professional world as well as in the academic world.
NEW—Includes MLA, APA, Chicago Manual and CBE documentation styles as well as electronic sources in MLA and APA style.
  • Students are fully supported in writing across all disciplines.
NEW—Numerous revised exercises—Making it one of the few brief handbooks which include exercises in the text.
  • Offers proofreading practice with paragraphs on high-interest topics and pattern practice opportunities to incorporate rules into students' own sentences.
NEW—Devotes an entire section to English as a Second Language—including all-new coverage of American style in writing—then supports these discussions by integrating frequent ESL tips throughout the remainder of the book.
  • Non-native speakers receive directed, useful, and consistent advice on writing in English.
Compare and Correct and Question and Correct sections guide students to the information they need.
  • Helps writers locate the section of the book they need, avoiding the need to know grammatical terminology, in section headings as well as explanations.
Presents clear, concise discussions; frequent Hints boxes and frequently asked student questions.
  • User-friendly approach develops confident, independent writers.
Revision checklists analyze both larger concerns and later, grammatical concerns.
  • Provides a proven, systematic method for checking papers.

Table of Contents
    1. Purposes and Audiences.
    2. Writing Processes and Strategies.
    3. Paragraphs.
    4. Argument.
    5. Writing with Computers.

    6. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences.
    7. Subject-Verb Agreement.
    8. Sentence Fragments.
    9. Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers.
    10. Parallel Constructions.
    11. Consistency (Avoiding Shifts).
    12. Faulty Predication.
    13. Coordination and Subordination.
    14. Sentence Clarity.
    15. Transitions.
    16. Sentence Variety.
    17. Verbs.
    18. Nouns and Pronouns.
    19. Pronoun Case and Reference.
    20. Adjectives and Adverbs.
    21. Prepositions.
    22. Subjects.
    23. Phrases.
    24. Clauses.
    25. Essential and Nonessential Clauses and Phrases.
    26. Sentences.
    27. Commas.
    28. Apostrophes.
    29. Semicolons.
    30. Colons.
    31. Quotation Marks.
    32. Hyphens.
    33. End Punctuation.
    34. Other Punctuation.
    35. Capitals.
    36. Abbreviations.
    37. Numbers.
    38. Underlining/Italics.
    39. Spelling.
    40. Sexist Language.
    41. Unnecessary Words.
    42. Appropriate Words.
    43. Finding a Topic.
    44. Searching for Information.
    45. Evaluating Sources.
    46. Taking Notes.
    47. Using Sources.
    48. Research Online.
    49. Web Resources.
    50. Evaluating Internet Resources.
    51. Citing Internet Resources.
    52. Documenting in MLA Style.
    53. Documenting in APA Style.
    54. Documenting in Other Styles.
    55. American Style in Writing.
    56. Verbs.
    57. Omitted Words.
    58. Repeated Words.
    59. Count and Noncount Nouns.
    60. Adjectives and Adverbs.
    61. Prepositions.
    62. Idioms.
    Appendix A: Document Design.
    Appendix B: Résumés.
    Glossary of Usage.
    Glossary of Grammatical Terms.
    Using Compare and Correct and Question and Correct.
    Compare & Correct.
    Correction Symbols.
    Question & Correct.


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