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Posted September 6, 2009
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I imagine most people who purchase this book are "forced" to do so because it is required for a writing or research course. That's why I got it (although it was only "recommended", not required for my course). Generally, I'm pleased with the book. It's surprisingly small (about 5" x 7.5"), but contains 832 well-laid-out pages. The design of the book is very up to date, with effective use of colors, insets, and graphic elements -- a clean, "pretty" look that also makes the information more accessible. The book does a good job organizing its material and cross-referencing within itself. It has a detailed index and two glossaries.
My primary use for the book is to answer "usage" questions like "when should I use 'effect' vs. 'affect'?" and the book handles those well. The book also addresses the entire research & writing process, with good tips on constructing a paper.
My only major complaint is that the book is heavily padded with numerous, long example quotations whose relevance to the subject material is often not clearly explained in detail. It almost seems like the authors intended to sprinkle in lots of quotations from obscure modern literature in order to make the book seem more "hip" or "relevant". At least one quote even included a four-letter-word not used in polite conversation -- that was quite disappointing. Overall, I found the frequent quotations very distracting and not generally helpful.
In summary, this handbook, while rather expensive (~$90), is a pretty good resource for answering usage questions and learning about the writing process. If your employer or scholarship is paying for books, I'd say "go for it", because it can be a helpful addition to your library. If you're paying your own money, though, there are better options, (see "I Also Recommend", at left).
Posted October 20, 2009
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