Fully updated 2009 MLA documentation guidelines with revised templates that show students how to cite sources using the current style.
Take the kind of guidelines found in the most successful rhetorics. Design them to be as user-friendly as the most popular handbooks. Make it brief. That's The Norton Field Guide. A new kind of rhetoric: Tells students what they need to know, resists the temptation to tell them everything there is to know.
“The Norton Field Guide is one of the best rhetorics I’ve seen at achieving essential coverage and brevity. It gives guidance to new instructors and flexibility to others. …The readings are great.”
“The level of detail is perfect. …It leaves room for the instructor to move about to add material, to pitch the content in his or her particular way. Writers, even student writers, want advice, not directives. In years of reviewing, I have seen few books that offer something new and valuable and interesting. The Norton Field Guide is one. The innovation it offers is long overdue.”
Mitzi Walker Jones
“The amount of detail is perfect. Students will find this book easy to understand—and will appreciate not being overloaded with information.”
“The Norton Field Guide to Writing, with readings can be used in a variety of ways, depending on each individual teacher’s style and focus. The apparatus is well-designed, especially the detailed focus on genres, and each chapter includes effective sample writing.”
“The selection of longer, shorter, expository, and researched essays makes the book a useful teaching tool. The readings are bound by a common creativity that will inspire students to make more daring approaches to their writing.”
“This book nails the rhetoric, and the readings have enough variety in them to support multiple approaches for instruction.”
“The beauty of the Field Guide is that it can conform to any style of teaching and appeal to any pedagogical approach.”
“I would highly recommend the book to anyone new to the freshman composition classroom.”
Richard Bullock (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is a professor of English at Wright State University, where he directs the writing programs and serves as assistant chair of the English department. He’s the author of The Norton Field Guide to Writing, and his scholarship and teaching focus on the teaching of writing.
Maureen Daly Goggin (Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University) is the Associate Chair of the English Department at Arizona State University, where she has also directed several of the writing programs and the Ph.D. program in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics. She recently received the ASU Alumni Association Faculty Teaching Award and is the author of Authoring a Discipline: Scholarly Journals and the Post-World War II Emergence of Rhetoric and Composition (2000).