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Student Achievement Centers: Writing Help
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Do you need help getting started with your paper? Are you unsure of the research process and where to find reliable sources? Not quite certain how to cite sources? If so, our Madison College librarians are here to help you 7-days a week during spring and fall semester. They are highly trained to help you with:
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citing your resources accurately
using Microsoft Word and other software to format your paper
The Handy English Grammar Answer Book by Christine A. HultWhether it's for a professional document, a school paper, an Internet blog, or something more personal, effective communication depends on clear, concise, and grammatically correct writing. Punctuation, spelling, and grammar rules can trip up anyone, while organization and word choice can make writing memorable--or banal. The Handy English Grammar Answer Book is an engaging guide to writing with clarity for all occasions. It offers fundamental principles, grammar rules, and punctuation advice, as well as insights on writing for different occasions and audiences. From a brief history of the English language to the deconstruction--and explanation--of the different parts of a sentence, and from showing how to punctuate correctly to how to organize a well-argued essay, this easy-to-use reference answers nearly 500 questions and offers fun facts on the English language and its usage, including How did English become a language spoken worldwide? What is a sentence fragment? When do I use "that" versus "which"? How do I use materials ethically on my own websites? How do I write an outline? Several appendices, including model papers and sample writing for every occasion, a glossary of commonly used terms, a bibliography, and an index add to the book's usefulness.
The American Heritage Dictionary by Houghton Mifflin Company* More than 70,000 entries * Thoroughly revised and updated * 2,500 new words and meanings * More than 400 photographs and illustrations * Expert guidance on correct usage YOU ARE YOUR WORDS The words you use define you. Make the most of them with The American Heritage® Dictionary. THE FIFTH EDITION FEATURES Clear definitions written in a style that is accurate and easy to understand New words and senses in all areas from science and technology to food and clothing Biographical and geographical entries that identify the people and places you need to know Useful illustrations that enhance the definitions and make learning easier Expert guidance on usage based on surveys of the American Heritage® Usage Panel Etymologies, synonyms, antonyms, and much more
Publication Date: 2016
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary by Merriam-Webster, Inc. Staff (Editor)Newly Revised & Updated for 2014! America's best-selling dictionary defines the current, active vocabulary of American English and is updated on an ongoing basis. Features more than 225,000 clear and precise definitions and more than 42,000 usage examples. This format includes an electronic version of the dictionary and a free one-year online subscription. Current copyright is 2014.
Publication Date: 2003-07-01
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