Sin Boldly! Dr. Dave's Guide to Writing the College Paper

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CONTENTS
Introduction: What It's All Aboutxiii
1 Some Really Crude Basics1

What Is a College Paper?/ Format and Length/ Timing Counts!/ How Much Work Do I Have to Do?

2 Choosing a Topic and Telling Your Story9

K.I.S.S./ Brainstorming/ Why Must We Fight?/ Daring Dissent/ Swindler's List/ Finding Patterns: Comparisons and Contrasts/ Freeing the Slaves/ End with a Bang/ Before Plunging In

3 In the Beginning . . . Pulling Your Creation Out of the Void25

Do I Really Need an Outline?/ What's in a Title?/ The Topic Paragraph/ Topic Sentences/ Keep the Flow Going/ Sentences and Paragraphs/ Be Specific

4 Choosing a Voice35

Whom Must You Pretend to Be?/ Faking Other Voices/ Sin Boldly!/ Dialogue/ Voices to Avoid/ Dissing the Prof/ Imagining Your Audience/ Ungrammatical Voices/ Breezy or Pompous?

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Appreciation iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction What It's All About xi
  • 1 - Some Really Crude Basics 1
  • 2 - Choosing a Topic and Telling Your Story 9
  • 3 - In the Beginning . . . Pulling Your Creation out of the Void 25
  • 4 - Choosing a Voice 35
  • 5 - Plain-Style American Populism 49
  • 6 - Choosing Words 61
  • 7 - Arguing Your Case 77
  • 8 - How to Lose Your Case 91
  • 9 - For Instance: Two Examples 101
  • 10 - Literary Games 115
  • 11 - The Social Sciences 141
  • 12 - Grammatical Horrors 155
  • 13 - Some Common Stupid Mistakes 163
  • 14 - Punct'Uation!?! 177
  • 15 - Citing Sources Successfully 187
  • 16 - A Sample Quiz- Just for Fun! 195
  • 17 - Concluding Sermon 199
  • The Author's Rap Sheet 202
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