The Canadian Writers Handbook: Essentials Edition

Paperback | February 15, 2012

byWilliam E. Messenger, Jan de Bruyn, Judy Brown

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This essentials edition of Canada's most trusted guide to research, writing, and documentation offers advice that is guaranteed to help writers of all skill levels master the writing process. Maintaining the straightforward, class-tested structure of the original version, this editionprovides streamlined discussions of composition, grammar and style, spelling and punctuation, research practices, proper documentation, and more. With a dynamic full-colour design and an array of illustrative examples throughout, The Canadian Writer's Handbook, Essentials Edition, is a valuablereference for all students.

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This essentials edition of Canada's most trusted guide to research, writing, and documentation offers advice that is guaranteed to help writers of all skill levels master the writing process. Maintaining the straightforward, class-tested structure of the original version, this editionprovides streamlined discussions of composition, gr...

William E. Messenger (now deceased) and Jan de Bruyn, both emeritus professors of the University of British Columbia, produced the first edition of The Canadian Writer's Handbook (main volume) in 1980. Judy Brown joined the project as an editorial consultant on the third edition of the main volume; she is a senior instructor in the De...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 4.5 × 0.04 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Essentials of Composition1. The Writing Process: Planning, Writing, and Revising the Whole Essay1a Finding and Limiting a Subject1b Considering Audience and Purpose1c Gathering and Organizing Evidence1d Crafting a Thesis Statement1e Crafting an Outline1f Writing a First Draft1g Beginnings1h Revising, Editing, and Proofreading1i Preparing the Final Draft2. Paragraphs2a Unity2b Organizational Coherence2c Structural Coherence2d Emphasis and VarietyPart II: Essentials of Grammar and Style: Sentences3. Sentence Elements and Patterns3a Subject and Predicate, Noun and Verb3b Articles and Other Modifiers3c Structure Words3d Phrases3e Independent (Main) Clauses3f Subordinate (Dependent) Clauses3g Kinds of Sentences: Grammatical Types4. Working with Sentence Elements to Create Variety and Emphasis4a Basic Sentence Elements and Their Modifiers4b Variety in Lengths4c Variety in Kinds4d Variety in Structures4e Emphasizing a Whole Sentence4f Emphasis by Position and Word Order4g Emphasis by Repetition4h Emphasis by Contrast4i Emphasis by Syntax5. Common Sentence Problems5a Sentence Fragments5b Comma Splices5c Run-on (Fused) Sentences5d Misplaced Modifiers5e Dangling Modifiers5f Mixed Constructions5g Shifts in Perspective: Inconsistent Point of View5h Faulty ParallelismPart III: Essentials of Grammar and Style: Parts of Speech; Diction6. Nouns6a Inflection of Nouns: Number; Possessive Case6b Grammatical Functions of Nouns6c Nouns and Articles: a, an, and the7. Pronouns7a Pronoun Types7b Case7c Agreement of Pronouns with Their Antecedents7d Pronoun Reference7e Pronouns and Inclusive Language8. Verbs8a Transitive, Intransitive, and Linking Verbs8b Inflection of Verbs: Principal Parts8c Irregular Verbs8d Auxiliary Verbs8e Verb Tenses and Their Functions8f Tense Sequence8g Mood8h Voice9. Agreement Between Subject and Verb9a Words Intervening Between Subject and Verb9b Compound Subjects9c Agreement with Indefinite Pronouns9d Subject Following Verb9e Agreement with Relative Pronouns10. Adjectives10a Kinds of Adjectives10b Comparison of Descriptive Adjectives10c Placement and Ordering of Adjectives11. Adverbs11a Kinds and Functions of Adverbs11b Comparison of Adverbs11c Placements of Adverbs12. Verbals12a Infinitives12b Participles12c Gerunds13. Connecting Words; Interjections13a Prepositions13b Conjunctions: Coordinate, Correlative, Subordinate13c Interjections14. Diction14a Level14b Concrete and Abstract Diction14c Euphemisms14d Wrong Words14e Idiom14f Wordiness, Cliches, Jargon, and Associated Problems14g A Checklist of Troublesome Words and PhrasesPart IV: Essentials of Punctuation15. The Comma15a The Comma with Coordinating Conjunctions15b The Comma with Items in a Series15c The Comma with an Introductory Word, Phrase, or Subordinate Clause15d The Comma with Nonrestrictive Elements15e The Comma with Sentence Interrupters16. The Semicolon16a The Semicolon with Independent Clauses16b The Semicolon with Conjunctive Adverbs and Transitions16c The Semicolon with Items in a Series17. The Colon17a The Colon with Items in a Series17b The Colon Between a Title and Subtitle17c The Colon in the Salutation of a Business Letter17d The Colon Introducing a Block Quotation18. The Dash18a The Dash with Items in a Series18b The Dash with Sentence Interrupters19. Parentheses20. Quotation Marks20a Quotation Marks with Direct Speech20b Quotation Marks with Direct Quotation from a Source20c Single Quotation Marks for a Quotation Within a Quotation20d Quotation Marks Around Words Used in a Special Sense20e Other Marks with Quotation Marks20f Ellipses for Omissions21. Brackets22. The Period23. The Question Mark24. The Exclamation Point25. Avoiding Common Errors in Punctuation25a Unwanted Comma Splice25b Unwanted Comma Between Subject and Verb25c Unwanted Comma Between Verb and Object or Complement25d Unwanted Comma after Last Adjective of a Series25e Unwanted Comma Between Coordinated Words and Phrases25f Commas with Emphatic Repetition25g Unwanted Comma with Short Introductory or Parenthetical Element25h Unwanted Comma with Restrictive Appositive25i Unwanted Comma with Indirect Quotation25j Unwanted Question Mark after Indirect Question25k Unwanted Semicolon with Subordinate Element25l Unwanted Colon after Incomplete Construction25m Unwanted Double Punctuation: Comma or Semicolon with a Dash25n Run-on (Fused) SentencesPart V: Essentials of Mechanics and Spelling26. Formatting an Essay26a Format26b Syllabication and Word Division27. Abbreviations27a Titles Before Proper Names27b Titles and Degrees After Proper Names27c Standard Words Used with Dates and Numerals27d Agencies and Organizations Known by Their Initials27e Scientific and Technical Terms Known by Their Initials27f Latin Expressions Commonly Used in English27g Terms in Official Titles28. Capitalization28a Names and Nicknames28b Professional and Honorific Titles28c Place Names28d Months, Days, and Holidays28e Religious Names28f Names of Nationalities and Organizations28g Names of Institutions and Sections of Government, Historical Events, and Buildings28h Academic Courses and Languages28i Derivatives of Proper Nouns28j Abbreviations of Proper Nouns28k Titles of Written and Other Works28l First Words28m Personification or Emphasis29. Titles29a Quotation Marks for Short Works and Parts of Longer Works29b Italics for Whole or Major Works29c Titles Within Titles30. Italics30a Names of Ships and Planes30b Non-English Words and Phrases30c Words Referred to as Words30d For Emphasis31. Numerals31a Time of Day31b Dates31c Addresses31d Technical and Mathematical Numbers31e Pages and Chapters31f Parts of a Play31g Fractions31h Numbers of More Than Two Words31i Commas with Numerals32. Spelling Rules and Common Causes of Error32a ie or ei32b Final e Before a Suffix32c Final y After a Consonant and Before a Suffix32d Doubling of a Final Consonant Before a Suffix32e The Suffix ly32f Troublesome Word Endings32g Changes in Spelling of Roots32h Faulty Pronunciation32i Confusion with Other Words32j Homophones and Other Words Sometimes Confused32k Hyphenation32l Plurals32m Apostrophes32n PossessivesPart VI: Essentials of Research: Planning, Writing, and Documenting Sources33. The Research Plan33a Formulating Research Questions33b Designing a Timeline33c Identifying and Evaluating Sources33d Producing a Preliminary Bibliography33e Notetaking34. Writing the Essay35. Acknowledging Sources36. Quotation, Paraphrase, Summary, and Academic Integrity36a Legitimate Paraphrase36b Illegitimate Paraphrase36c Paraphrase and Quotation Mixed36d Summary36e Maintaining Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism36f Integrating and Contextualizing Quotations37. Documentation37a The Name-Page Method (MLA Style)37b The Name-Date Method (APA Style)37c The Note Method (Chicago Style)Appendix: Checklist for Use in Revising, Editing, and Proofreading