Writer's Choice: A Portable Guide for Canadian Writers, 1st edition

  • Margot Northey
  • Margaret Procter

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Appropriate for courses with a large writing component at both universities and colleges. This handbook provides students with a reliable and up-to-date reference guide to writing, within any field of study. The choice of material reflects a research survey of about 400 students in community colleges and universities. The resulting handbook allows students to learn how to connect with the reader and put ideas into coherent prose.

Table of contents

1. The Writing Process: Making Effective Choices.

Planning. Practical Tip: Understanding the Assignment. Practical Tip: The Reverse Outline. Creating a First Draft. Practical Tip: Overcoming Writer's Block. A Special Situation: Collaborative Writing. Editing.

2. Sources: Building on Other Texts.

Choosing Research Sources. The Special Qualities of Journal Articles. Reading Your Sources. Practical Tip: Critical Reading. Taking Useful Notes. Acknowledging Sources. Practical Tip: Basic Formula for MLA Systems. Footnotes or Endnotes in Any System. Practical Tip: Basic Formula for Endnotes/Footnotes System. Practical Tip: Basic Formula for APA System. Practical Tip: Basic Formula for Numbered-List System.

3. The Essay: A Way of Exploring Ideas.

Organizing the Essay. The Special Case of Essays. Analyzing Literature or Art. Practical Tip: When to Write the Introduction. Practical Tip: What to Do if Your Essay Is Too Short. The Critique, Book Review, or Book Report. Editing the Essay : Special Concerns.

4. The Report: Thinking About Facts.

The Lab Report. Field Notes. The Business Report. Practical Tip: Editing for Objectivity. Special Visual Effects.

5. Other Practical Forms: Getting Things Done.

Proposals. Electronic Mail (E-Mail) Messages. Résumés and Letters of Application. Practical Tip: Having Résumés Ready. Practical Tip: Making the Most of Application Forms. Practical Tip: Creating an Electronic Résumé. Admission Letters.

6. Strong Style: Connecting to Your Reader.

Developing Coherent Paragraphs. Practical Tip: Using Sentence Structure Subjects to Unify Paragraphs. Creating Lively Sentences. Using Exact, Plain Language. Practical Tip: Using Readability Scores.

7. Standard Grammar: Making Things Clear.

Respecting Sentence Boundaries. What is a Sentence? Practical Tip: Using However and Therefore. Maintaining Subject-Verb Agreement. Practical Tip: Dealing with Verb Endings. Practical Tip: Avoiding He or She. Verbs: The Forms They Take. Combining Verb Forms. Keeping Pronouns Clear. Personal Pronouns: The Forms They Take. Practical Tip: Choosing Between Who and Whom.

8. The Right Words: Adapting to Fit.

Increasing Your Vocabulary. Practical Tip: Using the Dictionary Profitably. Practical Tip: Using the Thesaurus Safely. Choosing Unbiased Language. Getting the Details Right. Practical Tip: Ending a Sentence with a Preposition. Spelling With out Tears. Sorting Out Confusable or Misused Words.

9. Punctuation and Other Conventions: Guiding Your Reader.

The Period. Practical Tip: Getting Abbreviations Right. Practical Tip: Spelling Out Abbreviations and Acronyms. The Semicolon. The Colon. The Comma. Practical Tip: Choosing Between That and Which. The Dash. The Exclamation Mark. Quotation Marks. The Apostrophe. Practical Tip: Choosing Between It's and Its. Parentheses. Brackets. The Hyphen. Practical Tip: Testing for Hyphens. The Ellipsis. Italics, Boldface, and Underlining. Capitals. Other Conventional Symbols. Index.

Published by Pearson Canada (June 30th 1997) - Copyright © 1998