The College Writer's Reference

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The College Writer's Reference offers you a brief writing guide and complete handbook reference in one easy-to-use book. In addition, you also receive a free one-year online subscription to the "Me, Myself, and I" book, which includes: *The College Writer's Reference, Fourth Edition i-Book *The New York Times Archive *The Financial Times Archive *25,000 Journal Articles *Understanding Plagiarism Tutorial *Self-graded Exercises and Diagnostic Tests *Tutor Center by e-mail, fax, or phone Simply subscribe at www.prenhall.com/fulwiler

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A progressive alternative to traditional handbooks, this compact reference for writers offers concise yet thorough coverage of all handbook concerns, with material uniquely organized around the stages of the writing process. Traditional topics on issues of style, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics are presented as "editing" choices students make in the final stage of the writing process. With composition expert Toby Fulwiler's advice on writing, The College Writer's Reference offers the only teachable treatment of the writing process available in a brief handbook. The four–color text design, lay–flat spiral binding, and abundant use of student writing and hand-edited examples all make information easy to find, use, and understand.

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The College Writer's Reference, Fourth Edition, is the clearest, most accessible edition yet. It continues to explain and illustrate the qualities of good writing as well as the logic behind the traditional conventions of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage. And it continues to insist that good writing is a thoughtful mix of imaginative composing, careful revising, and rigorous editing, and not the slavish following of mechanical prescriptions. At the same time, the new edition features an expanded discussion of Internet research, evaluating all research sources, updated documentation conventions, fresh samples of student writing, and complete information on publishing student writing.

Initially, we wrote this handbook to give students a portable, common sense guide to improving their writing skills. The basic approach in all editions of The College Writer's Reference is to focus honestly on the needs of undergraduate writers through a process approach, examining the different but overlapping stages of planning, drafting, researching, revising, and editing. The book addresses rhetorical issues of audience, purpose, situation, and voice, as well as the more technical issues of style, grammar, and mechanics, examining the range of choices rather than fixed rules writers might follow.

As a composition teacher with 35 years of experience, Toby Fulwiler is keenly aware that student writers need to gain confidence in their voices and ideas as much as practice in the technical requirements of good writing. As a practicing journalist with 25 years of experience, Alan Hayakawa insists on the importance of conventional correctness in writing destined for the real world in which writing is published. For this reason, The College Writer's Reference devotes equal time to the whys (the emphasis on rhetoric) as well as the hows (grammar, spelling, punctuation) of good writing.

Features

As a progressive alternative to traditional brief handbooks, the fourth edition of The College Writer's Reference has several important features that make this book a useful tool for inside as well as outside the classroom.

ORGANIZATION

The College Writer's Reference offers concise yet thorough coverage of all handbook concerns, organized according to the logic of the writing process: the opening section focuses on planning and drafting; the later sections examine research, revision, and editing. Traditional topics of style, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics are thus presented as "editing" choices that writers make in the final stage of the writing process. The editing sections most writers need most often (punctuation, spelling, conventions) are placed before the sections reviewing matters of basic grammar.

THE WRITING PROCESS

The opening chapters of The College Writer's Reference examine the creative but frustrating messiness of the writing process, offering plenty of ideas and strategies to help writers shape, organize, and give voice to their work. This fully teachable treatment of the writing process discusses inventing, composing, revising, editing, and publishing. Detailed chapters cover four common purposes for writing: recounting experiences, explaining things, interpreting texts, and arguing positions. This handbook also includes thorough explanations of both journal writing and advanced revision techniques.

This new edition of The College Writer's Reference includes expanded coverage of both oral and visual presentation strategies useful for students who need to make classroom or public presentations.

EMPHASIS ON EFFECTIVENESS

The editing chapters focus on editing for effectiveness, punctuation, and mechanics as well as grammar and usage fundamentals that also depend upon the writer's purpose, audience, and situation. Hand-edited examples illustrate how writers revise and edit, showing proven strategies for focusing loose paragraphs, strengthening weak sentences, and finding the most precise and suitable words. The College Writer's Reference emphasizes grammatical and mechanical processes in everyday language rather than the technical language of English grammarians.

EMPHASIS ON CONVENTIONS

This edition of The College Writer's Reference continues to explain conventions of standard, written English as ways to facilitate efficient communication, not as arbitrary rules to be memorized and followed by rote. The text spends less time instructing students in grammatical terminology and more time showing students how to identify, analyze, and solve problems that can confuse readers.

TREATMENT OF ELECTRONIC RESEARCH METHODS

This edition of The College Writer's Reference includes the most up-to-date strategies of using the Internet for research and for documenting Internet sources correctly according to newly revised MLA, APA, Chicago, and Columbia style guides. The chapters devoted to research guide writers through the many stages of the whole process, which is viewed here as yet another matter of making choices: from keeping a project log and learning how to find sources (including the proliferation of electronic choices), to conducting field research, to using and documenting sources. These chapters offer strategies for planning, organizing, and writing major research papers.

Because of the ever-increasing ease with which material is copied from electronic sources, we have greatly expanded our discussion of plagiarism in both its intentional and unintentional forms. Clear explanations and illustrations of the do's and don't's of quoting and documenting will help students avoid any breach of academic ethics.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

The College Writer's Reference pays careful attention to the needs of second language students. Graphically distinct boxes throughout the text provide information on everything from grammar, word idioms, and usage, to the how and why of rhetorical conventions. All of these boxes have been critically reexamined and revised for the fourth edition.

DESIGN ENABLES EASY REFERENCE

The four-color design of the book helps students locate information quickly, as they can identify the parts of the book, such as "grammar" and "mechanics," with their corresponding color bands. Thus, navigating the text becomes a visual as well as mental activity. The spiral binding allows the book to lie flat and fold back on itself for ease of use next to a computer.

CUSTOMIZABLE TABS

Easy-to-use customizable tabs are included in the front of every new copy of the fourth edition. Just write down the topic the user wants to reference, peel off the tab sticker, and place it on the appropriate page. Users can insert handy tabs for speedy access to commonly referenced material.

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