The Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers is recommended for students in high school and college. This 420 page reference book is divided into two sections. The first section covers constructing arguments and writing essays, the second part covers punctuation, style, and usage. It is available as a print book or a eBook. It is based on the contents of two reference books. One is for essays and arguments, and the second one is for elements of usage and style. Both of them were written by Ian Johnston, a Canadian college professor. Janice Campbell combined the two texts with his permission and changed things to the American spelling and usage, updated some examples, and added a few additional resources.
Section one talks about arguments, essays, and research papers. Its main focus is on the persuasive essay and the research paper. There are definitions, examples of essays, and instructions on how to set up each section of the essay. There are also exercises that get you thinking about reasoning and the importance of defining the focus of the argument. Sample outlines are included for essays and research papers.
Part 2 covers punctuation, style and usage. It starts out going over phrases, clauses, and sentences including types of clauses, sentence fragments, questions, and clauses in quotations. Words are also talked about in this section, what types of words to avoid in college level writing, using nicknames, euphemisms, jargon, wishy-washy words, and slang to name a few. The punctuation covers addresses, colons, dashes, brackets, commas, quotation marks, and so much more. The basic format for essays and research papers as well as how to reference them. There is a couple of handy reference sheets at the end that include a Visual Guide To Organizing Your Papers, The Six Sections of an Approach Paper, Things a Paragraph Can Do, and a Rubric for Writing Evaluation.
This is a must have resource for any high school or college student no matter where they attend school. It will also be handy for anyone who writes. There have been a lot of times when I have needed to look something up and having this book will help me in my writing also.