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Useful Lists and Guidelines

from The New St. Martin's Handbook and other sources

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Argumentation Becoming a Researcher Bibliography: APA Checklists
Conducting Research Coordination, Subordination Designing Documents Memorable Prose
Oral Presentations Outlining Paragraphs Parallelism
Research Essay Revising and Editing Sentences Sentence Variation
Twenty Common Errors Using Sources    



  • Ch. 06 "Constructing Paragraphs"
    • Overview of Chapter
    • Editing Tips: "Editing the paragraphs in your writing" (p. 103)
    • Useful Lists and Guidelines: "Commonly used transitions" (pp. 114-115)

  • Ch. 43 "Writing a Research Essay"
    • Overview of Chapter
    • Useful Lists and Guidelines: "A list of signal verbs" (pp. 508-509)

  • Ch. 4, "Revising and Editing: Useful Lists and Guidelines"
    • Editing Tips: "Editing the paragraphs in your writing"
    • Useful Lists and Guidelines: "Reviwing a Draft" (pp. 52 - 53)
    • "An editing inventory" (p. 65 in text)
      • Continue making your own personal inventory

  • Ch. 42 "Using Sources: Useful Lists and Guidelines"
    • "Tips on keeping a working bibliography" (pp. 477-478 text)
    • "Deciding whether to quote, paraphrase, or summarize" (pp. 485-486 text)
    • "Tips on taking notes" (pp. 484-485 text)
    • "Tips on quoting accurately" (p. 487 text)
    • "Tips on paraphrasing accurately" (p. 491 text)
    • "Tips on summarizing accurately" (p. 492 text)
    • "Tips on acknowledging sources" (p. 497 text)

  • Ch. 40 "Becoming a Researcher"
    • §40b "Scheduling a research project" (p. 439 text)

  • Ch. 41 "Conducting Research,"
    • §41h.2 "Conducting field research -- Interviewing"
    • "Useful Lists and Guidelines"
      • p. 1 "Web guides and search engines"
      • p. 2 "Tips for conducting observation" (pp. 471-472 text)
      • p. 3 "Planning an interview" (p. 473 text)
      • p. 4 "Designing a questionnaire" (pp. 474-475 text)

  • Ch. 19 "Effective Sentences"
    • Overview of Chapter
    • Editing Tips: "Editing for emphasis and conciseness" (p. 250)
    • Exercises: "Emphasizing main ideas"

  • Ch. 20 "Coordination, Subordination"
    • Overview of Chapter
    • Editing Tips: "Editing for coordination and subordination" (p. 256)

  • Ch. 21 "Parallelism"
    • Overview of Chapter
    • Editing Tips: "Editing for parallelism" (p. 264)
    • Exercises: "Parallelism"
    • Common errors:
      • Missing commas in a series

  • Ch. 22 "Varied Sentences"
    • Overview of Chapter
    • Editing Tips: "Editing to vary sentence length" (p. 270)
    • Useful Lists and Guidelines: "Commonly used transitions" (pp. 114 - 115)
    • Common errors:
    • Missing comma after an introductory element

  • Ch. 23 "Memorable Prose"
    • Overview of Chapter
    • Editing Tips: "Editing verbs and nouns" (p. 280)

  • Ch. 51 "Designing Documents"
    • Overview of Chapter
    • Useful Lists and Guidelines: "Guidelines for using visuals" (p. 660)

  • Ch. 05 "Thinking Critically: Constructing and Analyzing Arguments"
    • 5j2 "The Toulmin System" (pp. 92 - 92)
      • Useful Lists and Guidelines: "Analyzing an Argument with the Classical System" (pp. 99 - 100)

  • Ch. 03 "Exploring, Planning, and Drafting"
    • Useful Lists and Guidelines: "Example of clustering" (p. 36)
    • Useful Lists and Guidelines: "Guidelines for drafting" (p. 46)
    • 3e "Writing out a plan" [outlining] (pp. 43 - 45)

  • Ch. 50 "Oral Presentations"
  • Ch. 45 "APA Documentation"


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