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The Broadview Pocket Guide to Writing - Revised Fourth Canadian Edition


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  • How to Use This Book and Its Companion Website


    1. Choosing the Best Words
      1. Be as Clear and Specific as Possible
      2. Watch for Redundancy
      3. Avoid Wordiness
      4. Watch for Missing Parts
      5. Choose the Best Verb
      6. Connect Your Ideas Clearly
        1. Paragraphing
        2. Joining Words
        3. Order and Weight Your Ideas According to Their Importance
        4. Watch for Ambiguity
        5. Illogical or Confused Connections
        6. Making Your Writing Consistent
          1. Agreement among the Grammatical Parts of Your Writing
          2. Watch for Mixed Metaphors
          3. Rhythm, Variety, Balance, and Parallelism


          1. Academic Writing: Essays and Arguments
            1. From Topic to Thesis Statement
            2. The Nature of Argument
            3. Argument Structure and Paragraphing
            4. Your Arguments, Others' Arguments
            5. Styles and Disciplines
              1. The Language of Academic Writing
              2. Writing about Literature / Writing about Texts
              3. Writing about Science
              4. Business and Professional Writing
              5. Slang and Informal English
              6. The Social Context
                1. Gender
                2. Race and Ethnicity, Class, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Disability, etc.
                3. Bias-free Vocabulary: A Short List
                4. GRAMMAR
                  1. Basic Grammar: An Outline
                    1. Parts of Speech
                      Conjunctions and Conjunctive Adverbs
                    2. Parts of Sentences
                      Clauses and Phrases
                      Parts of Speech and Parts of the Sentence
                    3. Verbs and Verb Tense Difficulties
                      1. The Infinitive
                      2. The Simple Present Tense
                      3. Subject-Verb Agreement
                      4. Historical Present
                      5. Survey of Verb Tenses
                      6. Voice
                      7. Mood
                        Combining Verb Tenses: Some Challenges
                      8. The Past Perfect Tense
                      9. Combining Tenses-Quoted Material
                      10. Irregular Verbs
                      11. Dangling Constructions
                      12. Nouns and Pronouns
                        1. Singular and Plural Nouns
                        2. Singular Pronouns
                        3. Unreferenced or Wrongly Referenced Pronouns
                        4. Subject and Object Pronouns
                        5. Adjectives and Adverbs
                          1. Comparatives and Superlatives
                          2. Sentence Fragments / Incomplete Sentences
                          3. Comma Splices / Run-on Sentences
                          4. EAL: For Those Whose Native Language Is Not English
                            1. Articles
                            2. Frequently Used Non-count Nouns
                            3. Continuous Verb Tenses
                            4. Omission or Repetition of the Subjec
                            5. The Conditional
                            6. PUNCTUATION
                              1. The Period
                              2. The Comma
                                1. Commas and Non-restrictive Elements
                                2. That and Which
                                3. Extra Comma
                                4. Commas and Lists
                                5. The Question Mark
                                6. The Exclamation Mark
                                7. The Semi-Colon
                                8. The Colon
                                9. The Hyphen
                                10. The Dash
                                11. Parentheses
                                12. Square Brackets
                                13. The Apostrophe
                                  1. Contractions
                                  2. Possession
                                  3. Quotation Marks
                                    1. Other Uses of Quotation Marks
                                    2. Misuse of Quotation Marks to Indicate Emphasis
                                    3. Single Quotation Marks
                                    4. Direct and Indirect Speech
                                    5. Ellipses

                                    FORMAT AND SPELLING

                                    1. Capitalization
                                    2. Abbreviations
                                      1. Titles
                                      2. Academic and Business Terms
                                      3. Latin Abbreviations
                                      4. Numbers
                                      5. Italics
                                      6. Spelling
                                        1. Spell-Check
                                        2. Spelling and Sound
                                        3. American Spelling, British Spelling, Canadian Spelling
                                        4. Other Spelling Mistakes
                                        5. RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION
                                          1. Approaches to Research
                                          2. Avoiding Plagiarism
                                          3. Citation and Documentation
                                            1. Incorporating Sources
                                              Quoting Directly
                                              Formatting Quotations
                                              Adding to or Deleting from a Quotation
                                              Signal Phrases
                                            2. MLA Style
                                              1. About MLA In-Text Citations
                                              2. About Works Cited
                                                MLA Core Elements
                                              3. MLA Style Sample Essay Page
                                              4. APA Style
                                                1. Incorporating Sources in APA Style
                                                  Quoting Directly
                                                  Formatting Quotations
                                                  Adding to or Deleting from a Quotation
                                                  Signal Phrases
                                                2. About In-text Citations
                                                3. About References
                                                4. APA Style Sample Essay Pages
                                                5. Chicago Style
                                                  1. About Chicago Style
                                                  2. Chicago Style Sample
                                                  3. CSE Style
                                                    1. CSE Style Samples
                                                    2. GLOSSARY OF USAGE
                                                    3. CORRECTION KEY
                                                    4. INDEX

About the Author

Doug Babington was until recently Director of the Writing Centre at Queen's University, and the author of articles both on writing and on literature.

Don LePan's other books include The Broadview Pocket Glossary of Literary Terms (2013) and Rising Stories: A Novel (2015).Maureen Okun is a professor in both the English and the Liberal Studies Departments at Vancouver Island University; her most recent book is an edition of Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur: Selections (2014).Nora Ruddock is Developmental Editor at Broadview Press and co-author of The Broadview Pocket Guide to Citation and Documentation 2e (2016).


Comments on the full Broadview Guide to Writing

"The Broadview Guide remains the most readable writing guide available-at any price. It's the only usage guide I've ever actually read for fun. Moreover, it's sensible, and it's complete. The authors assume nothing, but they don't condescend. ... The 6th edition gives more space to the problems of gender, race, and class-biased language; most guides don't direct enough of our attention here. The new chapter on visual literacy is also good-an interesting group of paintings & photographs along with a set of clear, concrete ways to `read' them." - Jacky Bolding, University of the Fraser Valley

"... an excellent choice.... The expanded coverage of the sixth edition [makes] this not only a comprehensive writing guide, but also a valuable introduction to communication and critical thinking in today's academic world. I will be recommending this text to students at all levels." - Maria DiCenzo, Wilfrid Laurier University"[The] reference sections on grammar and usage ... cover everything I would ever point out in student writing.... The section on MLA style covers pretty much everything anyone needs to know about how to deploy this system of documentation.... The sections on academic writing are [also] very good." - Bruce Greenfield, Dalhousie University"In a market replete with writing guides, this practical book stands out.... The [Broadview] Guide ... re-energizes this pedagogical field by providing clear and concise explanations supported by examples." - Anne Quema, Acadia University"[The new] section on how language both reflects and shapes reality ... is thought-provoking and sensitive.... Overall, the book is comprehensive, balanced, and engaging. I enjoyed reading it, and I rarely say that about handbooks and guides to writing. I'm sure students will find this book helpful and inspiring." - Candace Fertile, Camosun College

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