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Writer's FAQs, The: A Pocket Handbook, MLA Update, 6th edition

  • Muriel Harris
  • Jennifer L. Kunka

Published by Pearson (January 30th 2017) - Copyright © 2018

6th edition

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Overview

For courses in First-Year Composition.
This version of The Writer's FAQs: A Pocket Handbook has been updated to reflect the 8th Edition of the MLA Handbook (April 2016)*

 

Writing techniques, organized by student questions

This pocket-sized handbook is an easy-to-use, go-to guide that answers questions students have about grammar, punctuation, and research. Clear explanations are supplemented with engaging visual aids. Its lucid instruction, visual design, and authentic examples make The Writer's FAQs a favorite among those instructors who want their students to have a useful handbook that fits (in) their pocket. The Sixth Edition engages students with new illustrations, explanations, and research aids that strengthen practical writing skills useful in any future career.


* The 8th Edition introduces sweeping changes to the philosophy and details of MLA works cited entries. Responding to the “increasing mobility of texts,” MLA now encourages writers to focus on the process of crafting the citation, beginning with the same questions for any source. These changes, then, align with current best practices in the teaching of writing which privilege inquiry and critical thinking over rote recall and rule-following.

Table of contents

Part 1: Composing, Conversing, Collaborating

1. Writing Processes and Strategies

2. Arguments

3. Writing about Literature

4. Document Designs

5. Multimedia Projects

 

Part 2: Sentence Choices with Style

6. Clarity

7. Variety

8. Conciseness

9. Active/Passive Verbs

10. Voice, Formality, and Word Choice

11. General and Specific Language

12. Inclusive Language

13. Transitions

 

Part 3: Sentence Grammar

14. Fragments

15. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

16. Subjects and Verbs

17. Pronouns

18. Adjectives and Adverbs

19. Modifiers

20. Shifts    

21. Parallelism

                                                                        

Part 4: Punctuation

22. Sentence Punctuation Patterns (for Commas and Semicolons)

23. Commas

24. Apostrophes

25. Semicolons

26. Quotation Marks

27. Other Punctuation

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