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Elements of Style with Book
Host Charles Osgood presents an extensive amount of practical information in his own distinctive relaxed style. Utilizing the latest technology, this program gives you the basic elements of good writing in a clear and contemporary way.
English Grammar I
Sentence types, parts of speech and punctuation. Ideal for those who need the basics of sentence writing.
English: Basic Composition
Focuses on improving writing skills through practical and creative application of grammar and organization. It begins with the development of a single idea using the topic sentence and supporting sentence to make up one paragraph. Essential for all types of writing.
Finding Sources of Information
Covers: How to start library research - fastest ways to uncover key sources of data; understanding and using the library catalog and reference collection - without getting bogged down; how to use indexes, bibliographies, computer databases, and other special resources; how to quickly recognize and select the most useful materials - and avoid the time-wasters.
Learn Writing Quickly
Selecting and Defining a Topic
Covers: the difference between subject, topic, and thesis - and how to define them for any assignment; easy ways to gain an overview of your subject and make topic selection faster, more efficient; how to recognize topics that practically guarantee success - and topics that spell failure; how to get started on library research without fumbling or floundering.
Taking Notes and Organizing Your Ideas
Covers: how to readily find the most relevant sections of any book or article, and save hours of reading time; simple techniques for taking notes that speed the mastery of the details; how to organize ideas so that they flow logically from one point to the next; creating an outline that powerfully emphasizes each of the key points.
Techniques to Improve Your Writing
Gives the viewer the short course on how to write logical, organized reports, memos and letters; writing clearly and how to get answers to tough punctuation and grammar questions. Includes the "Techniques to Improve Your Writing" handbook.
Writing Basic Sentences
Explains the basics of sentence structure, patterns, tense, voice, transitive/intransitive verbs, and more.
Writing Complex Sentences
The student learns how to expand sentences through subordination and use of verbs, clauses, etc.
Writing the Paper
Covers: how to quickly create a workable first draft - including professional tips on overcoming "writer's block"; making sure the logic of the writing is sound - foolproof ways of "sounding smart" on paper; practical, simple tips not taught in school for instantly improving writing style; exactly how to use quotations and references in a paper, with an easy guide to footnote and bibliography forms.
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