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Pocket Keys for Writers (Paperback) (Ann Raimes & Susan K. Miller-Cochran)

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Pocket Keys for Writers, 2/e, is a handy reference tool that provides big writing help in a small package. This indispensable pocket-style handbook covers the essentials of the writing process, as well as research, documentation, evaluating print and electronic sources, punctuation, and mechanics. Written by a recognized leader in ESL instruction, Pocket Keys is an excellent resource for ESL writers, with a strong ESL section and ESL notes throughout the text. In short, the text delivers concise, up-to-date, and practical information in a highly accessible, reasonably priced format.

The Second Edition of Pocket Keys retains the hallmark Keys organization and use of color, as well as Key Points boxes and the popular Five C's of Style. Also in this edition, material on using visuals in written projects helps students enhance the impact of their documents. Coverage of research and documentation includes using online databases and evaluating web sites.

  • Argument coverage in Part 1, "The Writing Process," provides students with practical guidance on constructing a good argument, formulating an arguable claim, and providing reasons and evidence.
  • Material on using visuals and multimedia in written projects helps students to consider issues of visual rhetoric in their writing and how they might enhance the clarity and impact of their documents.
  • Part 3, "Steering Clear of Plagiarism," includes the following sections: "What Is plagiarism?""Checklist: Ways to Avoid Plagiarizing," and "Driving the organization of a paper with ideas, not sources."
  • Lively student writing samples from student research papers illustrate documentation techniques and development of a thesis. Topics covered include "Safety First: Women and Men in Police and Fire Departments" (showing MLA documentation style); "Absolute Auditory Thresholds" (showing APA documentation style); and the work of artist Piet Mondrian (showing Chicago documentation style).

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