Reading and Writing Handbook for the College Student

More writing help is on the way!

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, only about 27% of U.S. high school seniors write at or above a proficient level. When they enter your college courses, most students need more writing help than they realize.

Cover of the Reading and Writing Handbook for the College Student

Hawkes Learning’s Reading & Writing Handbook for the College Student is a pocket-sized resource with a big impact on students’ comprehension of writing, revising, and researching.

This pocket-sized guide offers:

  • sample writings with annotations
  • comprehensive, concise information that students can easily navigate
  • critical reading and thinking tips
  • a relevant, example-heavy approach
  • research guidelines, including updated MLA, APA, CMS, and CSE formatting
  • straightforward instructional exercises
  • easy-to-use organization

This handbook is a life-long reference tool that applies to courses across the curriculum, as well as professional and everyday reading, writing, and research tasks.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Reading and Writing
1: Thinking Critically
Critical Reading Process
Determining the Purpose of a Text
Determining the Audience of a Text
2: The Writing Process
Pre-Writing
Drafting
Revising
Editing
Reflecting
3: Common Essay Components
Introductions
Thesis and Purpose Statements
Effective Body Paragraphs
Conclusions
Sample Essay and Organizer
4: Organizational Patterns
Cause and Effect
Chronological
Compare and Contrast
Order of Importance
Spatial
Topical
5: Writing Across the Curriculum
Similarities & Differences in Writing Assignments
English, Literature, and Language Studies
Business Courses
History
Psychology
Lab Sciences
Engineering and Technology
Part 2: Effective Sentences
6: Combining Word Groups
Coordination
Subordination
Parallelism
7: Agreement
Subject-Verb Agreement
Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
8: Modifiers
Using Modifiers
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
9: Word Choice
Clarity and Conciseness
Vague vs. Vivid Words
Choosing Correct Words
Inclusive Language
Commonly Misused Words
10: Shifts in Tense and Person
Consistency in Tense
Consistency in Person
Part 3: Grammar Basics
11: Parts of Speech
Nouns
Pronouns
Verbs
Adjectives
Adverbs
Prepositions
Conjunctions
Interjections
12: Components of a Complete Sentence
Capital Letters and Punctuation Marks
Subjects and Verbs
Complete Thoughts
Part 4: Punctuation and Mechanics
13: Punctuation
Commas
Unnecessary Commas
Colons
Semicolons
Apostrophes
Quotation Marks
Parentheses
Brackets
Hyphens
Ellipses
Dashes
14: Spelling
Common Spelling Rules
Commonly Confused Words
Part 5: Research
15: The Research Process
Making a Research Plan
Identifying Types of Sources
Finding Sources
Evaluating Source Credibility
Organizing Research
16: Research Writing
Narrowing Your Research
Avoiding Plagiarism
Integrating Sources Into Your Writing
17: MLA
Formatting the Document
Citing the Document Sources
MLA Sample
18: APA
Formatting the Document
Citing the Document Sources
APA Sample
19: CMS
Formatting the Document
Citing the Document Sources
CMS Sample
20: CSE
Formatting the Document
Citing the Document Sources
CSE Sample

Are you an instructor who’s interested in seeing more? Contact us at 1-800-426-9538 or info@hawkeslearning.com to receive FREE student software access.

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