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Title:
Barron's How to write themes and term papers
Author:
Lenmark-Ellis, Barbara.
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Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Woodbury, N.Y. : Barron's Education Series, [1981]

©1981
Physical Description:
viii, 212 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
First published in 1971 under title: How to write themes, term papers, and college autobiographies.

Includes index.
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780812022667
Format :
Book

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Summary

A new chapter shows you how to prepare themes for complex or specialized subjects, such as business or science. Practical advice directs you toward selecting a topic, developing your concept, and styling your paper according to accepted academic standards. Spelling, punctuation and grammar reviews help you master the fine details of writing a paper Book jacket.


Author Notes

Barbara Lenmark Ellis is Assistant Professor of Technical Journalism at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon


Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Section I Themes
The Outlinep. 2
The Jot Outlinep. 2
The Quick and Dirty Outlinep. 6
The Theme's Beginningp. 9
When to Write the Beginningp. 9
What Goes Into the Beginning?p. 10
The Humorous Openerp. 11
The Startling Openerp. 12
The Anecdotal Openerp. 12
The Metaphorical Openerp. 12
The Argumentative Themep. 16
General Topicsp. 16
Abstract Topicsp. 25
Pitfalls to be Avoidedp. 28
The Descriptive Themep. 30
Description of Placesp. 31
Description of Objectsp. 37
Description of Personsp. 37
The Characterizationp. 38
The Profilep. 42
The Expository Themep. 49
Beginningp. 52
Organizationp. 52
Use of Analogiesp. 54
Connectivesp. 55
Endingsp. 56
The Theme's Endingp. 57
Some Basic Principlesp. 58
Writing Stylep. 60
General Writing Stylep. 60
Sentence Stylep. 61
Varietyp. 62
The Paragraphp. 63
Arrangement Within Paragraphsp. 65
The Breatherp. 66
Connectivesp. 66
Cliches and Bromidesp. 68
Similes and Metaphorsp. 71
Generalitiesp. 72
Platitudesp. 73
Idiomsp. 74
Interruptersp. 74
Pronounsp. 75
Redundanciesp. 75
Editing Shortcutsp. 77
Insertionsp. 77
Deletionsp. 78
Other Editing Symbolsp. 79
Baffling Words and Usagep. 82
An Easy Guide to Proper Punctuationp. 92
Bracketsp. 93
Parenthesesp. 94
Dashes and Hyphensp. 95
Ellipsesp. 97
Colonp. 97
Quotation Marksp. 98
Apostrophep. 100
Semicolonp. 102
Commap. 102
Spelling Helpsp. 107
Foreign Derivativesp. 108
Mnemonic Devicesp. 108
Appearance of Wordsp. 109
Reviewp. 109
The Spellers Anonymous Methodp. 110
Spelling Demonsp. 111
Section II The Term Paper
The Preparatory Workp. 130
Picking a Topicp. 131
Getting the Informationp. 133
Taking Notesp. 133
The Problem of Sourcesp. 135
Reliability of Sourcesp. 136
Some Sample Cardsp. 137
Organizing and Writing the Rough Draftp. 140
The Writing Itselfp. 142
Endingsp. 148
Special Reference Worksp. 149
The Mechanics of the Paperp. 152
Handling Quotations and Excerptsp. 160
Omitting Part of a Quotationp. 160
Using Quotation Marks, Long and Short Excerptsp. 161
Using Poetry Excerptsp. 161
Using Dialogue from Playsp. 163
Using Sicp. 164
Using Bracketsp. 164
Footnotesp. 164
Ibid.p. 166
Loc. Cit.p. 167
Op. Cit.p. 167
Passimp. 167
The Bibliographyp. 170
Tables, Graphs, and Other Illustrationsp. 174
Materialsp. 181
Placementp. 181
Numberingp. 182
Titlesp. 182
Spacing and Marginsp. 183
Footnotesp. 183
Figuresp. 183
Line/Curve Graphsp. 184
Bar Graphsp. 186
Pie Chartsp. 190
Flow Chartsp. 192
Mapsp. 194
Other Illustrationsp. 195
Tablesp. 195
Section III Writing About Complex Subjectsp. 198
Writing About Complex Subjectsp. 200
Use Simple Wordsp. 202
Thoroughly Understand Your Explanationp. 203
Use Unorthodox Techniquesp. 206
Use Analogies and Examplesp. 208
Science and Technologyp. 209
Statisticsp. 219
Businessp. 223
Public Financep. 234
Steps in Clarifying a Complex Topicp. 245
Section IV The College Application Autobiography
The College Application Autobiographyp. 248
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 261

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