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Pren Hall Reference GD for Professnl Writg

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

This handbook is designed to help students find quick answers to their questions about the writing required in their workplace and in the real world. 


Muriel Harris was the director of the Purdue Writing Center where she worked elbow-to-elbow with students and for over twenty-five years.  As she worked with students, she realized that they asked the same questions over and over.  Based on her experience with thousands of students in the writing center, Muriel Harris authored this spiral-bound, tabbed and brief handbook.  Her unique feature, "Compare and Correct," and "Question and Correct," allows students to find what they need to help themselves with their writing, without needing to know the terms of grammar.  Muriel Harris' Prentice Hall Reference Guide is the easiest handbook for students and instructors to use.

Table of Contents


Hints for Using This Book


Question and Correct & Compare and Correct

Question and Correct: Some of the Most Commonly Asked Questions About Writing

Compare and Correct 


The Writing Process


1 Purposes and Audiences 

   a. Purpose

   b. Topic

   c. Thesis

   d. Audience


2 Writing Processes and Strategies 

   a. Planning

   b. Drafting

   c. Organizing

   d. Collaborating

   e. Revising

   f.  Editing and Proofreading


3 Paragraphs 

   a. Unity

   b. Coherence

   c. Development

   d. Introductions and Conclusions

   e. Patterns of Organization


5 Visual Argument 

            a. Similarities and Differences between Verbal and Visual Argument

   b. Reading Visual Arguments

   c. Writing Visual Arguments


Public and Professional Writing


6 Public Writing 

   a. Public Documents

   b. Résumés


7 Allied Health

   a. Allied Health Careers

   b. How Writing Relates to Allied Health

   c. How This Handbook Can Help You in the Allied Health Field

   d. Representative Writing in the Allied Haelth Field

   e. Writing Tips and Strategies for Allied Health


8 AutoCAD

   a. AutoCAD Careers

   b. How Writing Relates to AutoCAD

   c. How This Handbook Can Help You in AutoCAD

d. Representative Writing for AutoCAD

   e. Writing Tips and Strategies for AutoCAD


9 Auto Technology

   a. Automotive Technology Careers

   b. How Writing Realtes to Automotive Careers

   c. How This Handbook Can Help You in Automotive Technology

   d. Representative Writing for Automotive Technology

   e. Writing Tips for Automotive Technology


10 Business

   a. Business Careers

   b. How Writing Skills Relate to Business

   c. How This Handbook Can Help You in Business

   d. Represenative Writing for Business

   e. Writing Tips for Business


11 Criminal Justice

   a. Criminal Justice Careers

   b. How Writing Skills Relate to Criminal Justice

   c. How This Handbook Can Help You in Criminal Justice

   d. Representative Writing for Criminal Justice Fields

   e. Writing Tips and Strategies for Criminal Justice Professionals


12 Electronics

   a. Careers in Electronics

   b. How Writing Relates to Careers in Electronics

   c. How This Handbook Can Help You in Electronics

   d. Representative Writing in Electronics

   e. Writing Tips and Strategies in Electronics


13 Information Technology

   a. How Writing Relates to IT Careers

   b. How This Handbook Can Help You in IT Careers

   c. Representative Writing for IT Careers

   d. Writing Tips and Strategies for IT


14 Document Design 

   a. Principles in Document Design

   b. Visual Elements

   c. Web Page Design

   d. Paper Preperation


Revising Sentences for Accuracy, Clarity, and Variety


15 Comma Splices and Fused Sentences 

   a. Comma Splices

   b. Fused or Run-On Sentences


16 Subject-Verb Agreement 

   a. Singular and Plural Subjects

   b. Buried Subjects

   c. Compound Subjects

   d. Or and Either/Or in Subjects

   e. Casues and Phrases as Subjects

   f. Indefinites as Subjects

   g. Collective Nounsa and Amounts as Subjects

   h. Plural Words as Subjects

   i. Titles. Company Names, Words, and Quotations as Subjects

   j. Linking Verbs

   k. There (is/are), Here (is/are), and It

   l. Who , Which, That, and One as Subjects


17 Sentence Fragments 

   a. Unintentional Fragments

   b. Intentional Fragments


19 Parallel Constructions 

   a. Parralell Structure

   b. Faulty Parallelism


20 Consistency (Avoiding Shifts)

   a. Shifts in Person or Number

   b. Shifts in Verb Tense

   c. Shifts in Tone

   d. Shifts in Voice

   e. Shifts in Discourse


21 Faulty Predication 


22 Coordination and Subordination

   a. Coordination

   b. Subordination


23 Sentence Clarity 

   a. Moving From Known (Old) to Unknown (New) Information

   b. Using Positive Instead of Negative Statements

   c. Aviodin g Double Negatives

   d. Using Verbs Instead of Nouns

   e. Making the Intended Subject the Sentence Subject

   f. Using Active Instead of Passive Voice


24 Transitions 

   a.  Repetition of a Key Term or Phrase 

b.  Synonyms 

c.  Pronouns 

d.  Transitional Words and Phrases 

e.  Transitions in and Between Paragraphs 


a.  Combining Sentences 

b.  Adding Words 

c.  Changing Words, Phrases, and Clauses 

26 Verbs 

a.  Verb Phrases 

b.  Verb Forms 

c.  Verb Tense 

d.  Verb Voice 

e.  Verb Mood 

f .  Modal Verbs


27 Nouns and Pronouns

a.  Nouns 

b.  Pronouns 


28 Pronoun Case and Reference 

a.  Pronoun Case

b.  Pronoun Reference 


29 Adjectives and Adverbs

a.  Adjectives and Adverbs 

b.  A/An/The 

c.  Comparisons 


30 Prepositions 

a. Common Prepositions 

b. Idiomatic Prepositions 

c. Other Prepositions 


31 Subjects 


32 Phrases 


33 Clauses 

a.  Independent Clauses 

b.  Dependent Clauses 


34 Essential and Nonessential Clauses and Phrases 

   a.  Essential Clauses and Phrases 

b.  Nonessential Clauses and Phrases 


35 Sentences 

a.  Sentence Purposes 

b.  Sentence Structures Punctuation




36 Commas 

a.  Commas in Compound Sentences 

b.  Commas After Introductory Words, Phrases, and Clauses

c.  Commas with Essential and Nonessential Words, Phrases, and Clauses 

d.  Commas in Series and Lists 

e.  Commas with Adjectives 

f .  Commas with Dates, Addresses, Geographical Names, and Numbers 

g.  Other Uses for Commas 

h.  Unnecessary Commas 


37 Apostrophes

a. Apostrophes with Possessives 

b. Apostrophes with Contractions 

c. Apostrophes with Plurals 

d. Unnecessary Apostrophes 


38 Semicolons 

a. Semicolons in Compound Sentences 

b. Semicolons in a Series 

c. Semicolons with Quotation Marks 

d. Unnecessary Semicolons


39 Colons

a. Colons to Announce Elements at the End of a Sentence 

b. Colons to Separate Independent Clauses 

c. Colons to Announce Quotations 

d. Colons in Salutations and Between Elements

e. Colons with Quotation Marks

f. Unnecessary Colons 


40 Quotation Marks

a. Quotation Marks with Direct and Indirect Quotations

b. Quotation Marks for Minor Titles and Parts of Wholes

c. Quotation Marks for Words

d. Use of Other Punctuation with Quotation Marks

e. Unnecessary Quotation Marks


41 Hyphens 

     a. Hyphens to Divide Words

b. Hyphens to Form Compound Words

c. Hyphens to Join Word Units

d. Hyphens to Join Prefixes, Suffixes, and Letters to a Word

e. Hyphens to Avoid Ambiguity


42 End Punctuation cull

     a. Periods

b. Question Marks

c. Exclamation Points


43 Other Punctuation 

a. Dashes

b. Slashes

c. Parentheses

d. Brackets

e. Ellipsis (Omitted Words) Mechanics and Spelling


Mechanics and Spelling


44 Capitals 


45 Abbreviations 

     a. Abbreviating Numbers

b. Abbreviating Titles

c. Abbreviating Place Names

d. Abbreviating Measurements

e. Abbreviating Dates

f. Abbreviating Initials Used as Names

g. Abbreviating Latin Expressions

h. Abbreviating Documentation


46 Numbers 


47 Underlining/Italics 

     a. Underlining for Titles

b. Other Uses of Underlining


48 Spelling 

     a. Proofreading

b. Using Spell-Checkers

c. Some Spelling Guidelines

d. Plurals

e. Sound-Alike Words (Homonyms) Style and Word Choice


Style and Word Choice


49 Sexist Language 

a. Alternatives to Man

b. Alternative Job Titles

c. Alternatives to the Male or Female Pronoun


50 Unnecessary Words 

   a. Conciseness

   b. Clichés

   c. Pretentious Language


51 Appropriate Words 

a. Standard English

b. Colloquialisms, Slang, and Regionalisms

c. Levels of Formality

d. Jargon and Technical Terms

e. General and Specific Words

f. Concrete and Abstract Words

g. Denotation and Connotation

h. Offensive Language


ESL and Multilingual Writers


52 American Style in Writing 


53 Verbs 

   a. Helping Verbs with Main Verbs

   b. Two-Word (Phrasal) Verbs

   c. Verbs with -ing and to + Verb Forms


54 Omitted Words 

   a. Verbs

   b. Subjects and There or It


55 Repeated Words 

   a. Subjects

   b. Pronouns and Adverbs


56 Count and Noncount Nouns 


57 Adjectives and Adverbs 

a. Placement

b. Order

c. A/An/The

d. Some/Any, Much/Many, Little/Few,Less/Fewer, Enough, No


58 Prepositions


59 Idioms




60 Finding a Topic 

   a. Deciding on a Purpose

   b. Understanding Why Plagiarism Is Wrong

   c. Deciding on a Topic

   d. Narrowing the Topic

   e. Formulating a Research Question

   f.  Formulating a Thesis


61 Searching for Information 

   a. Choosing Primary and Secondary Sources

   b. Searching the Internet

   c. Searching Libraries

   d. Searching Other Sources


62 Using Web Resources 

   a. Web Site Bibliographic Information

   b. Useful Web Sites


63 Evaluating Sources

   a. Getting Started

   b. Evaluating Internet Sources

   c. Evaluating Bibliographic Citations

   d. Evaluating Content


64 Collecting Information 

   a. Keeping Notes on a Computer

   b. Printing and Annotating Photocopies and Printouts

   c. Starting a Working Bibliography

   d. Writing Notecards


65 Using Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism 

   a. Recognizing Plagiarism

   b. Summarizing Without Plagiarizing

   c. Paraphrasing Without Plagiarizing

   d. Using Quotation Marks to Avoid Plagiarizing

   e. Using Signal Words and Phrases to Integrate Sources



66 Writing the Research Paper 

   a. Getting Started

   b. Planning and Organizing

   c. Writing a Draft

   d. Reviewing the Draft

   e. Revising, Editing, and Checking  the Format


MLA Documentation


67 Documenting in MLAStyle 

a. In-Text Citations

b. Endnotes

c. Works Cited List

d. Sample MLA-Style Research



APA, CSE and Other Documentation


68 Documenting in APA Style 

   a. In-Text Citations

   b. Footnotes

   c. References List

   d. Sample APA-Style Research Paper


69 Documenting in Other Styles 

   a. Council of Science Editors (CSE)

   b. Resources for Other Styles



Index and Glossaries.


Glossary of Usage

Glossary of Grammatical Terms


Product Details

Harris, Muriel G.
Harris, Muriel G., Professor Emerita
Muriel G. Harris Professor Emerita
Harris, Muriel
Composition & Creative Writing
MyCompLab Series
Publication Date:
December 2006
Miscellaneous printed material
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
8.91x6.50x.18 in. .11 lbs.

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