Simon & Schuster Quick Access Reference for Writers/Mla 98 Update

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9780130997906: Simon & Schuster Quick Access Reference for Writers/Mla 98 Update

Now in its fifth edition, Quick Access is written by trusted authors Lynn Troyka and Doug Hesse.  Quick Access is a brief, spiral-bound, tabbed (12 tabs) handbook, published in full color.  Quick Access is also accompanied by a valuable supplements and media package, including an interactive eBook, a personal writing plan, tutoring, and tools on the Web.

The Troyka/Hesse family of handbooks provides the most balanced coverage of writing process, grammar, research, and topics important to today’s writers.  Both respected teachers and authors, Troyka and Hesse give practical advice to writers about the writing they will do in composition courses, in other classes, and in the world beyond. 

Will answer any questions a writer has about grammar, the writing process, or research. The writing process, critical thinking, argumentative writing, style, grammar, mechanics, usage, the research process, how to document sources. Anyone who wants a reliable writing reference book.

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This quick reference handbook offers the same user-friendly, student-oriented approach widely-hailed in Troyka's other best-selling handbooks -- with additional features that allow students and teachers alike to access information quickly.

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If you sometimes feel a bit unsure as you write, try using the QUICK FIND ROADMAP to get you back on track to effective writing. The roadmap reflects some of the most common writing errors that frustrate writers.  To find the information you need, choose the item that best describes the issue you are facing and then turn to the pages referenced.



Write complete sentences instead of fragments.

Join independent clauses correctly by avoiding comma splices and run-ons.

Match grammatical forms within sentences to avoid shifts and keep sentences clear.

Make sentences with introductory phrases and with modifiers clear.

Know when to use its or it's.



Match subjects and verbs in number and person.

Match pronouns to the word or words they refer to.

Use correct verb endings.

Choose verbs that correctly express time in tense and form.

Describe relationships with the correct prepositions for time and place.



Use commas after introductory elements.

Use commas in compound sentences.

Use commas to set off nonrestrictive elements.

Do not use commas to set off restrictive elements.

Use commas with a series of three or more elements that share the same grammatical form.

Use apostrophes correctly.



Choose the best words for your meaning.

Make your writing to the point and concise.

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