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Overview

Used by nearly a quarter million students each year, A Pocket Style Manual is a straightforward, inexpensive quick reference, with content flexible enough to suit the needs of writers in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, health professions, business, fine arts, education, and beyond. Its slim format, brief length, and spiral binding make it easy for students to keep A Pocket Style Manual with them for every writing assignment, in any class. With its signature Hacker handbook quick-reference features—hand-edited sentences, color-coded documentation coverage, user-friendly index entries, and a clean, uncluttered design—A Pocket Style Manual has always provided fast, effective answers to writing and research questions.
 
In the Hacker tradition, new coauthor Nancy Sommers has crafted solutions for the challenges today’s college students face. The new edition provides even more help with research writing and supports students in every discipline. Read the preface.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I like the book for its convenient format, straightforward presentation of material, and interesting, easy-to-use examples."

— Mary Evans, College of Nursing, University of South Florida

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312542542
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 11/24/2011
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 93
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (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 Rules for Writers, Seventh Edition, A Writer’s Reference, Seventh Edition; and The Bedford Handbook, Eighth Edition.
 
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 coauthor of Fields of Reading, Ninth Edition and is lead author on Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin's.

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Table of Contents

Clarity
 
1 Tighten wordy sentences.
 
2 Prefer active verbs.
 
3 Balance parallel ideas.
 
4 Add needed words.
 
5 Eliminate confusing shifts.
 
6 Untangle mixed constructions.
 
7 Repair misplaced and dangling modifiers.
 
8 Provide sentence variety.
 
9 Find an appropriate voice.

Grammar
 
10 Make subjects and verbs agree.
 
11 Be alert to other problems with verbs.
 
12 Use pronouns with care.
 
13 Use adjectives and adverbs appropriately.
 
14 Repair sentence fragments.
 
15 Revise run-on sentences.
 
16 Review grammar concerns for multilingual writers.
 
Punctuation
 
17 The comma
 
18 The semicolon and the colon
 
19 The apostrophe
 
20 Quotation marks
 
21 Other marks
 
Mechanics
 
22 Capitalization
 
23 Abbreviations, numbers, and italics
 
24 Spelling and the hyphen

Research
 
25 Posing a research question
 
26 Finding appropriate sources
 
27 Evaluating sources
(*new feature on scholarly vs. popular sources)
 
28 Managing information; avoiding plagiarism
(*new chapter including sample annotated bibliography and chart on avoiding plagiarism)

MLA Papers
 
29 Supporting a thesis
 
30 Avoiding plagiarism
 
31 Integrating nonfiction sources
(*new coverage of synthesis)
 
32 Integrating literary quotations
 
33 MLA documentation style
(*new annotated documentation models)
 
34 MLA manuscript format; sample pages

APA Papers
 
35 Supporting a thesis
 
36 Avoiding plagiarism
 
37 Integrating sources
 
38 APA documentation style
(*new annotated documentation models)
 
39 APA manuscript format; sample pages

Chicago Papers
 
40 Supporting a thesis
 
41 Avoiding plagiarism
 
42 Integrating sources
 
43 Chicago documentation style
 
44 Chicago manuscript format; sample pages

CSE Papers
(*two new chapters)

45 CSE documentation style
 
46 CSE manuscript format

Glossaries
 
47 Glossary of usage
 
48 Glossary of grammatical terms
 
Index
Charts and lists for quick reference
Checklist for global revision
Visiting the writing center
Revision symbols

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    I cant like what I cant see

    I have a galaxy note 2 and I dwl the nook app for android. Sad to say I cannot read a pocket style manual because it says "not supported for this device" thkx 4 nothing :(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2003

    You Cannot Fail

    ...to benefit from the use of this book! I was introduced to Ms. Hacker's book in college which, I am convinced, helped me achieve excellent term papers and projects. I keep her latest edition in my personal library. It is worth every nickle you have to spend and every moment you have to wait for it.

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