The BCC library
Below is a sample of the books that can be found in the BCC library. These books offer valuable information on a wide variety of communication and writing topics.
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus. Which word do you use: aides, AIDS, and aids; effect or affect; all ready or already? A great resource for international students who may struggle with the intricacies of English.
The Business Writer’s Handbook, Tenth Edition by Gerald J. Alred, Charles T. Brusaw and Walter E. Oliu. Whether you are writing a proposal, memo, cover letter, or report, The Business Writer’s Handbook will show you the proper format. This book will also assist you in finding exactly what you need, from proper formatting to grammar, citations, and more. There are also several fantastic tips for email and electronic document writing.
The Elements of Business Writing by Gary Blake and Robert W. Bly. Learning how to write in proper business format can be a challenge. Learn how to organize ideas and concepts efficiently, while eliminating jargon and unnecessary elements.
The Grammar Devotional by Mignon Fogarty. Looking for an enjoyable read to improve your writing and communication skills? This quick tip guide, one of many resources from Grammar Girl, provides readers with an easy to understand philosophy to writing. Fun quizzes, puzzles, and memory tricks help you remember proper grammar, writing styles, and word usage.
Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students by Mignon Fogarty. Written specifically for students, this writing guide condenses information from all the other Grammar Girl books into an easy to navigate and convenient package.
Grammar Girl’s 101 Misused Words You’ll Never Confuse Again by Mignon Fogarty. Do you have trouble remembering the difference between effective and affective? Do you find pronouncing supposedly difficult words? This book is a great resource to show you how to remember the differences.
Grammar Girl’s 101 Troublesome Words You’ll Master in No Time by Mignon Fogarty. Tricky words or grammar rules such as email or e-mail, or is website spelled with one or two words can throw you off when you are writing a document. This book helps you figure out some of the most troublesome words and provides straightforward answers with fun and relatable quotations.
The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment by Susan Thurman. Tired of searching through multiple reference books to find grammar rules? This book is a great one-stop resource you can use to make sure writing assignments stand up to even the closest scrutiny.
The Gregg Reference Manual: A Manual of Style, Grammar, Usage, and Formatting by James L. Clark and Lyn R. Clark. The Gregg Reference Manual’s comprehensive chapters cover business document formatting, punctuation and electronic communication. This book is an important resource for developing strong business communication skills.
HOW 12: A Handbook for Office Professionals by James L. Clark and Lyn R. Clark. Do you need a quick reference guide to business communication? This guide has 15 easy to navigate chapters covering everything you need to know about modern business writing.
Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds. Presentation Zen was created for the beginning presenter. This book offers many hints and tips on how to create a presentation that is sure to improve your grade.
slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte. slide:ology was designed for the more advanced PowerPoint user and will challenge your traditional approach to creating slides by teaching you how to be a visual thinker.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Sixth (6th) Edition. This APA publication manual is the official exhaustive guide to all the intricacies of the APA style. Make sure your next paper is properly cited before you turn it in for a grade.
Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose by Constance Hale. Does your writing need a dash of wit or a more engaging tone? If so, Sin and Syntax can help you add life to what would otherwise be one dull sentence after another. “With its crispy, witty, tone, Sin and Syntax covers grammar’s ground rules while revealing countless unconventional syntax secrets.”
Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch by Constance Hale. Become a verb expert. This book is the ultimate reference guide on the usage of regular and irregular verbs. Follow Constance Hale’s advice, “Let verbs power your writing!”
Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams. This handy book will help you to create a writing style that is more elegant, defined, and effective. Sometimes, it’s not what you write, it’s how you write that generates the meaning readers take from your work.
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. In writing, punctuation is the thing that gives sentences parameters, depth, and meaning to what would otherwise be just a list of words. Check out this fun read on what can happen when you misuse or don’t use the correct punctuation.