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.
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Freshman Composition Handbook-English
For any writing course in English or other disciplines
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A brief, spiral-bound handbook for writers who want a clear,
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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 writersnot only those in
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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.
NEWOpen, easy access design which includes
tabs that have key questions to help reference specific sections of
NEWFeatures four chapters on the Internet
and on-line research, including evaluating on-line sources.
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they are looking for by examining the tools and techniques of online
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World Wide Web search engines and websitesincluding a list of
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their on-line research.
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- Prepares students for writing in the professional world
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NEWNumerous revised exercisesMaking
it one of the few brief handbooks which include exercises in the text.
- Students are fully supported in writing across all disciplines.
NEWDevotes an entire section to English
as a Second Languageincluding all-new coverage of American style
in writingthen supports these discussions by integrating frequent
ESL tips throughout the remainder of the book.
- Offers proofreading practice with paragraphs on high-interest
topics and pattern practice opportunities to incorporate rules into
students' own sentences.
Compare and Correct and Question and Correct
sections guide students to the information they need.
- Non-native speakers receive directed, useful, and consistent
advice on writing in English.
Presents clear, concise discussions; frequent Hints
boxes and frequently asked student questions.
- Helps writers locate the section of the book they need,
avoiding the need to know grammatical terminology, in section headings
as well as explanations.
Revision checklists analyze both larger concerns and
later, grammatical concerns.
- User-friendly approach develops confident, independent
- Provides a proven, systematic method for checking papers.
I. THE WRITING PROCESS.
1. Purposes and Audiences.
2. Writing Processes and Strategies.
5. Writing with Computers.
II. REVISING SENTENCES: ACCURACY, CLARITY, AND VARIETY.
6. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences.
III. PARTS OF 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.
16. Sentence Variety.
18. Nouns and Pronouns.
19. Pronoun Case and Reference.
20. Adjectives and Adverbs.
25. Essential and Nonessential Clauses and Phrases.
V. MECHANICS AND SPELLING.
31. Quotation Marks.
33. End Punctuation.
34. Other Punctuation.
VI. STYLE AND WORD CHOICE.
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.
X. ESL CONCERNS.
53. Documenting in APA Style.
54. Documenting in Other Styles.
55. American Style in Writing.
57. Omitted Words.
58. Repeated Words.
59. Count and Noncount Nouns.
60. Adjectives and Adverbs.
Appendix A: Document Design.
Appendix B: Résumés.
Glossary of Usage.
Glossary of Grammatical Terms.
Using Compare and Correct and Question and Correct.
Compare & Correct.
Question & Correct.