Rules of thumb: A guide for writers

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This is aimed at those who love to write and those who have to write. "Rules of Thumb" is a quick reference guide that tries to reduce each writing problem to a few practical points - enabling the reader to write with confidence. It is a brief, inexpensive, and easy-to-use handbook written in plain English and exhibiting a friendly voice that is reassuring and stands out in a sea of grammar books that preach decorum. Part 1 - correctness, covers the most common mistakes. These rules are placed first because they are what most writers worry about and will want to have handy. Part 2 - meeting specific assignments, offers help with writing under time pressure and writing reports. Part 3 - putting a paper together, helps the writer with both content and style issues-such as if one needs to make a paper longer or is faced with choppy sentences. Part 4 - writing with elegance, offers ways to grow as a writer.

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Rule of thumb: A method or procedure derived entirely from practice or experience [ . . . ] a roughly practical method.- Oxford English Dictionary

Brevity and practicality are the hallmarks of Rules of Thumb. The 2002 APA Update Version reflects the most current APA and MLA documentation styles and remains the ideal handbook to improve grammar without overwhelming student writers with specialized terminology, or – at under $17 in most bookstores – with expense.

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This handbook has been extensively class-tested and should be a useful companion for writers at all levels of ability, offering advice on the writing and research process, as well as specific guidance on punctuation, mechanics, usage and a wide variety of common assignments.

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