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Unformatted text preview: xv Though it is small enough to hold in your hand, Rules for Writ- ers will answer most of the questions you are likely to ask as you plan, draft, and revise a piece of writing: How do I choose and narrow a topic? What can I do if I get stuck? How do I know when to begin a new paragraph? Should I write each was or each were ? When does a comma belong before and ? What is the dif- ference between accept and except ? How do I cite a source from the Web? The book’s companion Web site extends the book beyond its covers. See pages xvii–xviii for details. How to find information with an instructor’s help When you are revising an essay that has been marked by your instructor, tracking down information is simple. If your instruc- tor marks problems with a number such as 16 or a number and letter such as 12e, you can turn directly to the appropriate sec- tion of the handbook. Just flip through the orange tabs at the top of the pages until you find the number in question. The number 16, for example, leads you to the rule “Tighten wordy sen- tences,” and 12e takes you to the subrule “Repair dangling modifiers.” If your instructor uses an abbreviation such as w or dm instead of a number, consult the list of abbreviations and re- vision symbols on the next to the last page of the book. There you will find the name of the problem ( wordy; dangling modi- fier ) and the number of the section to consult. How to Use This Book and Its Web Site How to find information on your own With a little practice, you will be able to find information in this book without an instructor’s help — usually by consulting the brief menu inside the front cover. At times, you may con- sult the detailed menu inside the back cover, the index, the Glossary of Usage, the list of revision symbols, or one of the di- rectories to documentation models. The tutorials on pages xix–xxii give you opportunities to practice finding information in different ways. THE BRIEF MENU. The brief menu inside the front cover displays the book’s contents as briefly and simply as possible. Let’s say that you are having problems writing parallel sentences. Your first step is to scan the menu for the appropri- ate numbered topic — in this case “9 Parallelism.” Then you can use the orange tabs at the top of the pages to find section 9. The information in the tabs — the section number and the symbol for parallelism — will tell you that you are in the sec- tion you need. THE DETAILED MENU. The detailed menu appears inside the back cover. When the numbered section you’re looking for is broken up into quite a few lettered subsections, try consulting this menu. For instance, if you have a question about the proper use of commas after introductory elements, this menu will lead you quickly to section 32b....
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- Winter '11
- Writing, Style guide, Parenthetical referencing, web site