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Overview

A proven success. The best-selling college textbook of any kind. Thoroughly class tested and enthusiastically endorsed by millions of students and their instructors at more than 1300 colleges and universities across the country.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312247546
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

DIANA HACKER personally class-tested her handbooks with nearly four thousand students over 35 years at Prince George's Community College in Maryland, where she was a member of the English faculty. Hacker handbooks, built on innovation and on a keen understanding of the challenges facing student writers, are the most widely adopted in America. Other Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin's, include The Bedford Handbook, Eighth Edition (2010); Rules for Writers, Sixth Edition (2008); and A Pocket Style Manual, Fifth Edition (2008).
 
NANCY SOMMERS, who has taught composition and directed composition programs for thirty years, now teaches writing in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. A two-time Braddock Award winner, Sommers is well-known for her research and publications on student writing. Her recent work involves a longitudinal study of undergraduate writing. Nancy Sommers is co-author of Fields of Reading, Ninth Edition (2010), and is lead author on Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin's.

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Table of Contents

Composition/Style
Composing and revising
Planning
Drafting
Revising
Paragraphs
Arguments
Sample Paper
Research writing
Conducting research
Evaluating sources
Managing information
Planning and drafting
Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism
Integrating sources
Revising your draft
Effective sentences
Parallelism
Needed words
Problems with modifiers
Shifts
Mixed constructions
Coordination and subordination
Sentence variety
Word choice
Glossary of usage
Wordy sentences
Active verbs
Appropriate language
Exact language
The dictionary and thesaurus
Correctness
Grammatical sentences
Subject-verb agreement
Other problems with verbs
Problems with pronouns
Adjectives and adverbs
Sentence fragments
Run-on sentences
Esl Trouble spots
Articles
Special problems with verbs
Sentence structure
Other trouble spots
Punctuation
The comma
Unnecessary commas
The semicolon
The colon
The apostrophe
Quotation marks
Other marks
Spelling and mechanics
Spelling
The hyphen
Capitalization
Abbreviations
Numbers
Italics (underlining)
Format/Basic Grammar
Document design
Principles of document design
Academic manuscript formats
Business documents
Electronic documents
Mla documentation
In-text citations
List of works cited
Information notes
Manuscript format
Sample Paper: Mla Style
Alternative styles of documentation
Apa style
Sample Paper: Apa Style
Chicago style
Sample Pages: Chicago Style
List of style manuals
Basic grammar
Parts of speech
Parts of sentences
Subordinate word groups
Sentence types
Index
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