Harris Reference Guide

Harris Reference Guide, 10th edition

  • Muriel Harris, 
  • Jennifer L. Kunka

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The Harris Reference Guide for Writers is your source for expert advice and easy-to-use instruction at every stage of the writing process. In this edition you'll get additional coverage of critical thinking and reading, and examples of interactions with texts, student writing, and explanatory graphics.

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2018

ISBN-13: 9780137496242

Table of contents

TAB 1. FAQs & How To's Question & Correct Compare & Correct
FAQs & How To's FAQ
Question & Correct
Compare & Correct

TAB 2. Reading and Writing Processes
1. Thinking About Reading and Writing
2. Reading and Writing Processes and Strategies
3. Paragraphs
4. Designing Papers and Projects

TAB 3. Reading and Writing for College and Career
5. Reading and Writing in the Disciplines
6. Reading and Writing About Literature
7. Critical Reading, Thinking, and Arguing
8. Visual Argument
9. Professional Writing
10. Writing for Assessment

TAB 4. Revising Sentences for Accuracy, Clarity, and Variety
11. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
12. Subject--Verb Agreement
13. Sentence Fragments
14. Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers
15. Parallel Constructions
16. Consistency (Avoiding Shifts)
17. Faulty Predication
18. Coordination and Subordination
19. Sentence Clarity
20. Transitions
21. Sentence Variety

TAB 5. Parts of Sentences
22. Verbs
23. Nouns and Pronouns
24. Pronoun Case and Reference
25. Adjectives and Adverbs
26. Prepositions
27. Subjects
28. Phrases
29. Clauses
30. Essential and Nonessential Clauses and Phrases
31. Sentences

TAB 6. Style and Word Choice
32. Style Versus Grammar
33. General and Specific Language
34. Glossary of Usage
35. Conciseness and Wordiness
36. Passive Versus Active Voice
37. Unnecessary and Inappropriate Language
38. Appropriate Language
39. Gender-Inclusive Language

TAB 7. Punctuation
40. Commas
41. Apostrophes
42. Semicolons
43. Colons
44. Quotation Marks
45. Hyphens
46. End Punctuation
47. Other Punctuation

TAB 8. Mechanics and Spelling
48. Capitals
49. Abbreviations
50. Numbers
51. Italics
52. Spelling

TAB 9. For Multilingual Writers
53. American Style in Writing
54. Verbs
55. Omitted and Repeated Words
56. Pronouns and Adverbs
57. Count and Noncount Nouns
58. Adjectives and Adverbs
59. Prepositions
60. Idioms

TAB 10. Research
61. Finding a Topic
62. Choosing Primary and Secondary Sources
63. Searching Libraries and Library Databases
64. Using Web Resources
65. Conducting First-hand Research
66. Evaluating Sources
67. Collecting Information
68. Using Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
69. Writing the Research Paper

TAB 11. MLA Documentation
70. Documenting in MLA Style

TAB 12. APA, CMOS, and CSE Documentation
71. Documenting in APA Style
72. Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)
73. Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style
74. Resources for Other Styles

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