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A Writer's Reference, the most widely adopted handbook in the United States, continues to be groundbreaking in its simplicity, offering the right content in an accessible format. New coauthor Nancy Sommers's own research, campus travel, and classroom experience keep the handbook in tune with the needs of academic writers. In a trusted quick-reference format, the seventh edition delivers advice on all the right topics: working with sources, revising with comments, preparing a portfolio, and more. A Writer's Reference offers unprecedented flexibility with several versions to choose from — a handbook that's truly at your service. Read the preface.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312601430
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 10/25/2010
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 540
  • Sales rank: 8,446
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (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 The Bedford Handbook, Eighth Edition (2010); 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 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 co-author of Fields of Reading, Ninth Edition (2010), and is lead author on Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin's.

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Table of Contents

C Composing and revising
  C1 Planning
  C2 Drafting
  C3 Revising
*new section on portfolio keeping
  C4 Writing paragraphs
  C5 Designing documents
  C6 Writing with technology (*new chapter)
A Academic writing
  A1 Writing about texts
*new annotated advertisement
  A2 Constructing reasonable arguments
*new argument paper
  A3 Evaluating arguments
  A4 Writing in the disciplines 
S Sentence style

  S1 Parallelism
  S2 Needed words
  S3 Problems with modifiers
  S4 Shifts
  S5 Mixed constructions
  S6 Sentence emphasis
  S7 Sentence variety
W Word choice
  W1 Glossary of usage
  W2 Wordy sentences
  W3 Active verbs
  W4 Appropriate language
  W5 Exact language
  W6 The dictionary and thesaurus
G Grammatical sentences
  G1 Subject-verb agreement
  G2 Verb forms, tenses, and moods
  G3 Pronouns
  G4 Adjectives and adverbs
  G5 Sentence fragments
  G6 Run-on sentences
M Multilingual writers and ESL challenges
  M1 Verbs
  M2 Articles
  M3 Sentence structure
   M4 Using adjectives
  M5 Prepositions and idiomatic expressions 
P Punctuation and mechanics
  P1 The comma
    P2 Unnecessary commas
    P3 The semicolon and the colon
   P4 The apostrophe
   P5 Quotation marks
   P6 Other punctuation marks
   P7 Spelling and hyphenation
  P8 Capitalization
   P9 Abbreviations and numbers
   P10 Italics
B Basic grammar
  B1 Parts of speech
  B2 Parts of sentences
   B3 Subordinate word groups
    B4 Sentence types 
R Researching
    R1 Conducting research
  R2 Evaluating sources
*new feature on scholarly vs. popular sources
*new feature on evaluating Web sites
   R3 Managing information; avoiding plagiarism
*new sample annotated bibliography
*new box on avoiding plagiarism
   R4 Choosing a documentation style
MLA papers

  MLA-1 Supporting a thesis
   MLA-2 Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism
  MLA-3 Integrating sources
*new coverage of synthesis
    MLA-4 Documenting sources
*new annotated documentation models
   MLA-5 Manuscript format; sample paper
*new research case study
APA and CMS papers

  APA-1 Supporting a thesis
    APA-2 Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism
  APA-3 Integrating sources
*new coverage of synthesis
   APA-4 Documenting sources
*new annotated documentation models
  APA-5 Manuscript format; sample paper
  CMS-1 Supporting a thesis
  CMS-2 Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism
  CMS-3 Integrating sources
  CMS-4 Documenting sources
*new Citations at a glance
  CMS-5 Manuscript format; sample pages
*new to this edition

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