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William E. Messenger, Jan de Bruyn, Judy Brown, and Ramona Montagnes

The Canadian Writer's Handbook
ISBN 13: 9780195427554

About the Book

The Canadian Writer's Handbook (CWH) is a comprehensive, college/university-level handbook designed to help students write with confidence in a variety of rhetorical situations. Building on the foundations laid by William Messenger and Jan de Bruyn over twenty-five years ago, Judy Brown and Ramona Montagnes have completely updated this comprehensive and authoritative text, which features detailed descriptions and examples of the entire writing process, from basic grammar, to constructing sentences and paragraphs, to pre-writing, to composing, and finally to proofreading and editing. The fifth edition has been slightly reorganized, with the discussion of principles of composition moved to the start of the book to better suit the needs of instructors and students. EAL icons point to new material of particular benefit to students learning English as an additional language. The discussion on achieving academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism has been brought up to date, as have all examples in the section on documentation.

  • Detailed advice to help students master both basic and advanced aspects of grammar.
  • Abundant examples and review exercises to reinforce the essential points in each section.
  • The latest MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE guidelines for documenting sources and preparing reference lists.
  • Advice on avoiding gender bias, plagiarism, and common errors in spelling and grammar.
  • A variety of charts, checklists, and information boxes for reference when revising and proofreading written work.
  • A collection of marked and unmarked student essays, serving as models for how to format, edit, and document written work.
  • A clear and intelligent design to make the information accessible and engaging.
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