A Writer's Reference: With Mla's and Apa's 1999 Guidelines Plastic Comb – 1 Jan 1999
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The Main Menu is divided into topics and the sections that relate to it. Within each of these is a category breakdown, as follows:
(C) Composing and revising, (D) Document Design, (E) Effective sentences, and (W) Word Choices.
(G) Grammatical sentences, (T) ESL Trouble spots, (P) Punctuation, and (S) Spelling and mechanics.
Research/ Basic Grammar:
(R) Research Writing, (M) MLA documentation, (A) Alternative styles of documentation, and (B) Basic grammar.
The index is also helpful. I selected a topic at random--adjective phrases: (1) Infinite, 350, (2) participle, 349, (3) prepositional, 348-349, (4) punctuation of, 198, 205.
The format displays what type of information is on that page. (1) Page 350 is B for basic grammar information, as are 348 and 349. Pages 98 and 205 are P or punctuation.
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Another aspect of this book is the online help. The book provides a URL where you can find supplemental information about the book and take interactive quizzes to test your grammar knowledge.
Despite some of its quirks, I would highly recommend this book as a good reference.
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