The Bedford Handbook / Edition 9

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Three main challenges faced me as I prepared this fifth edition of The Bedford Handbook. First, because today's computer-age students want quick access to information, preferably through visuals, I hoped to simplify the book's reference system and enliven it with icons. Second, because technology has changed composing behaviors so dramatically over the past four years, I looked forward to bringing the book into the electronic age. And, finally, because many instructors assign writing based on one or two sources (rather than on personal experience or many sources), I wanted to emphasize text-based writing early in the book, not just in later sections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781457608025
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 10/18/2013
  • Edition description: Ninth Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 912
  • Sales rank: 31,685
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.20 (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, Eighth Edition (2010); A Writer’s Reference, Seventh Edition (2011); 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 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

Part I. The Writing Process 1
1 Generating ideas; sketching a plan 2
2 Roughing out an initial draft 32
3 Making global revisions; revising sentences 41
Student Essay
4 Building paragraphs 77
5 Choosing a document design 109
Essay Format
Business Formats
Web Page
Part II. Critical Thinking 137
6 Writing about texts 138
Sample Summary
Sample Analysis
7 Constructing arguments 157
Student Essay
Part III. Clear Sentences 181
8 Coordination and subordination 182
9 Parallelism 194
10 Needed words 201
11 Mixed constructions 207
12 Misplaced and dangling modifiers 213
13 Shifts 224
14 Emphasis 231
15 Variety 240
Part IV. Word Choice 247
16 Wordy sentences 248
17 Appropriate language 256
18 Exact words 270
Part V. Grammatical Sentences 283
19 Sentence fragments 284
20 Run-on sentences 296
21 Subject-verb agreement (is or are, etc.) 308
22 Pronoun-antecedent agreement (singular or plural) 323
23 Pronoun reference (clarity) 331
24 Pronoun case (I or me, etc.) 337
25 Who or whom 346
26 Adjectives and adverbs (good or well, etc.) 352
27 Standard English verb forms 359
28 Verb tense, mood, and voice 376
Part VI. ESL Trouble Spots 389
29 Special problems with verbs 390
30 The articles a, an, and the 405
31 Other trouble spots 413
Part VII. Punctuation 425
32 The comma 426
33 Unnecessary commas 445
34 The semicolon 454
35 The colon 460
36 The apostrophe 463
37 Quotation marks 468
38 End punctuation 476
39 Other punctuation marks: the dash, parentheses, brackets, the ellipsis mark, the slash 480
Part VIII. Mechanics 487
40 Abbreviations 488
41 Numbers 492
42 Italics (underlining) 495
43 Spelling 499
44 The hyphen 509
45 Capital letters 513
Part IX. Researched Writing 519
46 Conducting research 521
47 Selecting and reading sources 546
48 Managing information; avoiding plagiarism 554
49 Planning and drafting the paper 562
50 Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism 569
51 Integrating sources 573
52 Revising your draft 581
53 MLA documentation 584
54 MLA manuscript format 612
Two Sample Mla Papers
Part X. Literature and Other Disciplines 641
55 Writing about literature, with Student Essays 642
56 Documenting sources across the curriculum: APA (social sciences), with Student Essay; Chicago (history and humanities), with Sample Pages; a list of style manuals 675
Part XI. Grammar Basics 727
57 Parts of speech 728
58 Sentence patterns 745
59 Subordinate word groups 755
60 Sentence types 768
Glossary of Usage 773
Answers to Tutorials and Lettered Exercises 789
Index 1
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