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A Canadian Writer's Guide, 4th Edition

By Finnbogason/Valleau
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Spiral Bound
432 pages
ISBN-10: 0176500324
ISBN-13: 9780176500320
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 4th

This Canadian handbook provides post-secondary students with complete coverage of the writing process. It covers research, pre-writing, drafting, revising, style and documentation as well as addressing grammar and punctuation rules.

Features

  • *NEW* New and restructured examples throughout.
  • *NEW* New chapter on academic argument.
  • *NEW* Section on Columbia Online style, making this the only mid-size handbook that includes all five documentation styles.
  • *NEW* Move to 4 colour.
  • *NEW* Virtual tabs.
  • Clear, concise, common sense guide to writing.
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Table of Contents

  • I The Writing Process
  • Chapter 1: Prewriting I: The Basics
  • Chapter 2: Prewriting II: Techniques
  • Chapter 3: Prewriting III: Skill Development
  • Chapter 4: Drafting
  • Chapter 5: Revising
  • Chapter 6: The Writing Process: Highlights
  • Exercises
  • II Academic Writing
  • Chapter 7: Plagiarism
  • Chapter 8: Writing the Academic Essay
  • Chapter 9: Summary
  • Chapter 10: Writing a Literary Analysis
  • Chapter 11: Exam Strategies
  • Chapter 12: Constructing an Errors Chart
  • Exercises
  • III Research Essays
  • Chapter 13: Step 1: Defining the Assignment
  • Chapter 14: Step 2: Developing a Preliminary Thesis
  • Chapter 15: Step 3: Conducting Research
  • Chapter 16: Step 4: Reading
  • Chapter 17: Step 5: Making and Storing Reference Notes
  • Chapter 18: Step 6: Drafting the Essay
  • Chapter 19: Step 7: Revising the Essay
  • Exercises
  • IV Documentation
  • Chapter 20: Style Formats: An Overview
  • Chapter 21: Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Chapter 22: MLA Style
  • Chapter 23: APA Style
  • Chapter 24: Chicago Style
  • Chapter 25: Columbia Online Style
  • Chapter 26: CSE Style
  • Exercises
  • V Basic Grammar
  • Chapter 27: Parts of Speech
  • Chapter 28: Phrases and Clauses
  • Exercises
  • VI Sentence Elements
  • Chapter 29: Parts of Sentences
  • Chapter 30: Sentence Patterns
  • Chapter 31: Sentence Types
  • Chapter 32: Sentence Purposes
  • Chapter 33: Sentence Variety
  • Exercises
  • VII Constructing Paragraphs
  • Chapter 34: Sequencing Ideas
  • Chapter 35: Paragraph Purpose
  • Chapter 36: Paragraph Development
  • Chapter 37: Paragraph Transitions
  • Chapter 38: Paragraph Structure
  • Chapter 39: Special-Purpose Paragraphs
  • Chapter 40: Common Paragraph Problems
  • Exercises
  • VIII Grammatical Sentences
  • Chapter 41: Construction
  • Chapter 42: Agreement
  • Chapter 43: Common Sentence Problems
  • Exercises
  • IX Usage And Diction
  • Chapter 44: Diction (Word Choice)
  • Chapter 45: Pronoun Case
  • Chapter 46: Pronoun Choice
  • Chapter 47: Collective Nouns
  • Chapter 48: Inclusive Language
  • Chapter 49: Comparatives and Superlatives
  • Chapter 50: Active and Passive Voice
  • Chapter 51: Split Infinitives
  • Exercises
  • X Punctuation
  • Chapter 52: The Comma
  • Chapter 53: The Semicolon
  • Chapter 54: The Colon
  • Chapter 55: Quotation Marks
  • Chapter 56: The Apostrophe
  • Chapter 57: The Slash
  • Chapter 58: Parentheses
  • Chapter 59: Brackets
  • Chapter 60: The Dash
  • Chapter 61: Ellipses
  • Exercises
  • XI Mechanics
  • Chapter 62: Italics or Underlining
  • Chapter 63: Capitalization
  • Chapter 64: Abbreviations
  • Chapter 65: Numbers
  • Chapter 66: Hyphens
  • Exercises
  • XII Job-Related Writing
  • Chapter 67: Business Documents
  • Exercises
  • Selected Answers

Author Information

Jack Finnbogason

Jack Finnbogason is retired now. He finished his 33 years at Kwantlen by spending his last 5 years as Dean of Humanities. Overall, Jack taught for 41 years including high school in Ontario and Manitoba, and college at Seneca College and Kwantlen.

Al Valleau

Al Valleau has worked in post-secondary institutions in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. Al is completing his 35th year of teaching this year, and has chaired Canadian Studies programs in two colleges and an English department in a third. He was one of the six people awarded the Secretary of State Prize of excellence in Canadian Studies at the college level in 1985. He is active in research in Canadian literature.