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The Broadview Guide to Writing is a concise yet uncommonly thorough text with a fresh approach to the craft of essay writing. The first part of the book discusses the style and structure of essay writing, and includes a useful discussion of the intangibles involved in the writing process—such as confidence, perseverance, and a willingness to deal with criticism constructively. The second part of the book provides thorough coverage of grammar and usage in a comprehensive reference guide, ranging from the simplest mechanical issues (such as subject verb agreement) to subtle distinctions between words that have similar meanings. A wide range of examples is included throughout the book.
The fourth edition has been extensively updated and now incorporates the 2008 changes to MLA Style guidelines for documentation. Particular attention is paid throughout to the needs of Canadian students.
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Doug Babington is Director of the Writing Centre at Queen's University, and the author of articles both on writing and on literature; Don LePan is the author of The Cognitive Revolution in Western Culture (Macmillan, 1989) and of The Broadview Book of Common Errors in English (5th edition 2003); Maureen Okun is a professor in both the Liberal Studies Department and the English Department at Vancouver Island University.
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How to Use this Book
THE WRITING PROCESS
Voice Work: Attitude, Audience, Purpose
Essential Activities: Reading, Mapping, Dialogue
Reading and Note-Taking
Double Fluency: Logical and Stylistic
Modes of Thought/Modes of Writing
Generalization and Abstraction
Cause and Effect
Modes Combined for Logical Fluency
Subordination and Paragraphing
Figures Of Speech
Collaboration and Research
Using The Library
Computers And Proofreading
"The Sensation Show: Issues of Freedom in a Democratic Society"
Right and Wrong in Writing
Verbs and Verb Tense Difficulties
Sequence of Tenses
Irregular or Difficult Verbs
Infinitives, Gerunds, Objects: "To Be or Not to Be?"
Preposition Problems "Up with which I will not put"
Nouns: Singular Difficulties
Pronouns: Who Cares About Whom?
Part of Speech Confusion: A Question of Principle?
Words: Word Order
Words: One Word or Two?
Words: A Glossary of Usage
PUTTING IDEAS TOGETHER
Words to Connect Ideas That Are Opposed to Each Other
Words to Join Linked or Supporting Ideas
Words Used to Introduce Causes or Reasons
Words Used to Introduce Results or Conclusions
Words Used to Express Purpose
Words Used to Introduce Examples
Words Used to Introduce Alternatives
Words Used to Show Degree or Extent
"That" and "Which"
Words Used to Make Comparisons
Words: A Glossary of Usage
Combining Several Kernels into a Single Sentence
Combining and Recombining
"De-Combining" and Recombining
Help with Grammatical Errors: Two Examples
Help with Reading Challenging Texts
Gaining Awareness of Writing Style
Style: Slang and Informal English
Style: Writing By Computer
Computers and the Writing Process
A Note on Spell-Check
Plagiarism, Copyright, and the Web
Style: Business Writing
Resumes and Application Letters
Style: Writing Across the Disciplines
Bias-free Vocabulary: A Short List
PUNCTUATION, FORMAT, AND SPELLING
Run-On Sentences/Comma Splices
Single Quotation Marks
Direct and Indirect Speech
Format and Spelling
Spelling and Sound
British / American / Canadian Spelling
Other Commonly Misspelled Words
DOCUMENTATION: MLA STYLE
DOCUMENTATION: ALTERNATIVE STYLES
Appendix 1: A Reference Guide to Basic Grammar
Parts of Speech
Parts of Sentences
Types of Clauses
Types of Subordinate Clauses
Type of Phrases
Appendix 2: Some National Variations
Appendix 3: Correction Key
Appendix 4: Essay Checklist
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The Broadview Guide to Writing - Fourth Edition
2009 • 616pp • Spiral-Bound • 9781551119694 / 1551119692