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Writer's Handbook: Developing Writing Skills for University Students 4ed

by Leslie E Casson Broadview Press
Pub Date:
03/2018
ISBN:
9781554813704
Format:
Spb 168 pages
Price:
AU$27.99 NZ$28.69
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Written collaboratively by writing instructors at the Queen’s University Writing Centre, A Writer’s Handbook is a compact yet thorough guide to academic writing. This clear and concise handbook outlines strategies both for thinking assignments through and for writing them well.


The fourth edition is revised and updated throughout and reflects changes to MLA style for 2016.

Chapter one: Understanding the Assignment


Looking for Action


Different Verbs, Different Essays


Chapter two: Planning and Outlining


Gathering Material


What/How/Why


Organizing Material—Developing Your Thesis and Outline


Chapter three: Paragraphs


The Long and the Short of It


What/How/Why … Again


Focus and Coherence


Transitions


Beginnings and Endings


Know Your Project


Chapter four: Stylistic Decisions


Editing with Your Ears


Content vs. Grammar


To Be or Not …


Prepositional Phrases


Tone


Beware Your Thesaurus


Figurative Language


Be Precise and Be Realistic


Chapter five: Essential Grammar


Clauses


Voice: Passive or Active?


Making Contact: Working with Connectors


She or Her, Who or Whom? It All Depends on the Case


He, She, or They?: Pronoun Agreement and Gender Neutrality


Chapter six: Punctuation


That’s All I Have to Say. Period.


Connecting Ideas: Commas and Dashes


Connecting More Ideas: Colons and Semicolons


Exclamation Points!


Ellipses and Brackets: Clarifying Quoted Material


Contraction and Possession: The Apostrophe


Apostrophes and Plurals


When Not to Use an Apostrophe: Possessive Pronouns


Chapter seven: Documentation


The P Word: Plagiarism


When to Cite a Source


When Not to Cite a Source


Documentation Systems


Modern Language Association (MLA) Format


American Psychological Association (APA) Format


Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago Style) Format


Chapter eight: Business Writing


Reader-Centred Writing: It’s All about You


Always Look on the Bright Side: Making Negatives Positive


Creating Information Snapshots: Parallel Structure


Creating More Information Snapshots: Bullets and Headings


Memos, Letters, and Reports: Conventional Formats


Some Notes on Email


Chapter nine: Writing in the Sciences


IMRAD: Formatting Your Lab Report


Abstracts: Making the Essentials Concrete


Passive Voice: It’s Not All about You


Giving Credit: Documentation Formats


Tone: Be Direct and Be Objective


Appendix: Confusable Words: Usage and Misusage

Praise for previous editions


“The third edition of A Writer’s Handbook beautifully speaks to and meets the needs of its target readers: university undergraduate students. Casson and the other contributors truly understand the common and most significant issues of undergraduate writing, whether in the humanities or the sciences, and they communicate with refreshing clarity the strategies, techniques, and information students will need in order to write effectively. An accessible, concise, and engaging resource. Highly recommended!” — Michael Johnstone, University of Toronto


“My students will find A Writer’s Handbook immediately helpful; it makes sense of what professors often fail to explain but expect students to know and perform effortlessly.” — Caroline L. Eisner, Director of Academic Writing, AcademicCoachingandWriting.org, and co-editor of Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age
Leslie E. Casson is Associate Dean, Justice Studies and Applied Arts at St. Lawrence College.