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A Pocket Style Manual offers concise advice for finding and supporting a thesis, evaluating and organizing evidence, integrating print and online sources, and avoiding plagiarism. Material on conducting library and online research helps students track down and evaluate the sources they need. Up-to-date and extensive guidelines for documenting both print and online sources are included for MLA, APA, and Chicago systems.
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"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: 15,881
  • Product dimensions: 3.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Hacker personally class-tested her handbooks with nearly four thousand students over thirty-five 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. Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin’s, include The Bedford Handbook, Ninth Edition (2014); A Writer’s Reference, Eighth Edition (2015); Rules for Writers, Seventh Edition (2012); and A Pocket Style Manual, Seventh Edition (2015).
Nancy Sommers, who has taught composition and directed composition programs for thirty years, now teaches writing and mentors new writing teachers at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.  She led Harvard’s Expository Writing Program for twenty years, directing the first-year writing program and establishing Harvard’s WAC program. A two-time Braddock Award winner, Sommers is well known for her research and publications on student writing. Her articles "Revision Strategies of Student and Experienced Writers" and "Responding to Student Writing" are two of the most widely read and anthologized articles in the field of composition.  Her recent work involves a longitudinal study of college writing to understand the role writing plays in undergraduate education. Sommers is the lead author on Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin’s, and is coauthor of Fields of Reading, Ninth Edition (2010).


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Table of Contents

Clarity 1
1. Tighten wordy sentences 2
2. Prefer active verbs 3
3. Balance parallel ideas 5
4. Add needed words 7
5. Eliminate confusing shifts 8
6. Untangle mixed constructions 10
7. Repair misplaced and dangling modifiers 11
8. Provide some variety 14
9. Find an appropriate voice 16
Grammar 20
10. Make subjects and verbs agree 21
11. Be alert to other problems with verbs 25
12. Use pronouns with care 32
13. Choose adjectives and adverbs with care 40
14. Repair sentence fragments 42
15. Revise run-on sentences 45
16. If English is not your native language, check for common ESL problems 48
Punctuation 56
17. The comma 57
18. The semicolon and the colon 65
19. The apostrophe 69
20. Quotation marks 71
21. Other marks 75
Mechanics 80
22. Capitalization 81
23. Abbreviations, numbers, and italics (underlining) 83
24. Spelling and the hyphen 88
Research Sources 93
25. Finding print and online sources 94
26. Evaluating library and Internet sources 101
MLA Papers 105
27. Supporting a thesis 106
28. Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism 109
29. Integrating nonfiction sources 112
30. Integrating literary quotations 118
31. MLA documentation style 122
32. MLA manuscript format 138
Sample MLA pages 140
APA Papers 142
33. Supporting a thesis 143
34. Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism 144
35. Integrating sources 148
36. APA documentation style 153
37. APA manuscript format 161
Sample APA pages 165
Chicago-Style Papers 168
38. Supporting a thesis 169
39. Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism 170
40. Integrating sources 174
41. Chicago documentation style 178
42. Chicago manuscript format 189
Sample Chicago pages 191
Glossaries 195
43. Glossary of usage 196
44. Glossary of grammatical terms 206
A List of Style Manuals 214
A Writer's Online Resources 217
Index 220
Checklist for Global Revisions
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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