This handbook is developed around students' real writing needs, offering advice on the writing and research process, as well as specific guidance on punctuation, mechanics, usage and a wide variety of common assignments.
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Free Electronic Tutor CD-ROM: An activities and workbook CD-ROM is packaged free with each new copy of the text. It contains: learning styles assessment software, exercises in grammar and usage, the Electronic Research Guide, and web links for student study and reference.
The Research Paper: This new Part walks students through the steps of the research process, with updated directions on using the Internet. New chapters on APA and Chicago styles of documentation complement an already thorough discussion of the basics of MLA.
New and Expanded Chapters: Two new chapters - Addressing Your Audience and
Using Strong Verbs - join the expanded chapter on Writing Literature Papers to provide fuller coverage of writing and research.
How to Size Up a Website: This new text element offers strategies for evaluating online content for accuracy, bias, and currency invaluable for today's student.
Jargon Free: Students with grammar problems are the very ones who do not know grammatical terminology. Rules of Thumb speaks to these students in terms with which they are readily familiar.
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A graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia, Jay Silverman has received fellowhsips from the Fulbright-Hayes Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has taught at Vriginia Highlands Community College and at Nassau Community College where he received the Honors Program award for Excellence in Teaching. Elaine Hughes came to New York City from Mississippi in 1979 to attend a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar at Columbia Uniersity. She has taught writing for more than 25 years--primarily at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi, and at Nassau Community College--and has conducted writing workshops for many organizations. She is the author of WRITING FROM THE INNER SELF. As Chair of the English Department of Nassau Community College for six years, Diana Roberts Wienbroer coordinated a department of 150 faculty members and served on the Executive Council of the Association of Departments of English. Besides teaching writing for over thirty years, both in Texas and New York, she has studied and taught film criticism. She is also the author of THE McGRAW-HILL GUIDE TO ELECTRONIC RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION, 1997.
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