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A proven success. The best-selling college textbook of any kind. Thoroughly class tested and enthusiastically endorsed by millions of students and their instructors at more than 1300 colleges and universities across the country.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312450250
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 11/23/2006
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (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

Composition/Style
Composing and revising
Planning
Drafting
Revising
Paragraphs
Arguments
Sample Paper
Research writing
Conducting research
Evaluating sources
Managing information
Planning and drafting
Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism
Integrating sources
Revising your draft
Effective sentences
Parallelism
Needed words
Problems with modifiers
Shifts
Mixed constructions
Coordination and subordination
Sentence variety
Word choice
Glossary of usage
Wordy sentences
Active verbs
Appropriate language
Exact language
The dictionary and thesaurus
Correctness
Grammatical sentences
Subject-verb agreement
Other problems with verbs
Problems with pronouns
Adjectives and adverbs
Sentence fragments
Run-on sentences
Esl Trouble spots
Articles
Special problems with verbs
Sentence structure
Other trouble spots
Punctuation
The comma
Unnecessary commas
The semicolon
The colon
The apostrophe
Quotation marks
Other marks
Spelling and mechanics
Spelling
The hyphen
Capitalization
Abbreviations
Numbers
Italics (underlining)
Format/Basic Grammar
Document design
Principles of document design
Academic manuscript formats
Business documents
Electronic documents
Mla documentation
In-text citations
List of works cited
Information notes
Manuscript format
Sample Paper: Mla Style
Alternative styles of documentation
Apa style
Sample Paper: Apa Style
Chicago style
Sample Pages: Chicago Style
List of style manuals
Basic grammar
Parts of speech
Parts of sentences
Subordinate word groups
Sentence types
Index
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  • Posted October 30, 2008

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    The most user-friendly writer's reference

    Reviewed by C J Singh (Berkeley, California)<BR/> <BR/><BR/>A WRITER'S REFERENCE is a compact version of THE BEDFORD HANDBOOK, reorganized with plastic comb binding for convenient use.<BR/><BR/>I taught editing workshops for several years at UC Berkeley using The Harbrace Handbook as the basic reference. At the suggestion of a former colleague, I agreed to take a look at his favorite, The Bedford Handbook/A Writer's Reference. <BR/><BR/>The first thing I noticed was its publisher's claim that the Bedford/A Writer's Reference is the all-time best-selling college textbook. For years, I used to introduce the Harbrace to my classes by quoting its publisher's identical claim. (Sic gloria transit mundi.) <BR/><BR/>Perusing the Bedford/A Writer's Reference, I agree it's decidedly more user-friendly. For example, Harbrace's opening chapters on grammar introduce adjectival and adverbial clauses without adequate explanations, which discourages many students. Bedford/A Writer's Reference begins its grammar section with the traditional parts of speech; in contrast, Harbrace mentions "parts of speech" only in its Glossary of Terms at the very end of the book. <BR/><BR/>A WRITER'S REFERENCE with Extra Help for ESL Writers devotes almost one hundred pages of grammar issues and intensive exercises (with solutions) addressed to them. Most helpful. <BR/><BR/>Particularly impressive is Bedford's section on researching online, with its advice to watch out for dubious websites. For example, in researching hazards of using cell-phone while driving: "In particular, some sites were sponsored by the wireless communications industry, which has an obvious interest in preventing laws restricting use of its products. Even a site sponsored by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis seemed somewhat suspect, since the wireless industry funded the center's study concluding that the risk of using a cell phone while driving is low compared with other risks." <BR/><BR/>Bedford/A Writer's Reference invites readers to visit its open-access website comprising: electronic writing exercises; electronic grammar exercises; electronic research exercise; resources for writers and tutors; model papers; research online, and language debates. This feature makes Bedford a truly amazing tool for self-learning. <BR/><BR/>The pages on Language Debates, I hope, will be enhanced in future editions. Too few entries; for example fewer/less usage issue is not mentioned. Moreover, Bedford makes no mention of THE MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH USAGE, published in 1989, which comprises 2300 usage issues and 20,000 quotations from writers. On the fewer/less issue, the MW Usage book presents a detailed history, with a cheery endorsement of "less" with count nouns; for example, "Ten items or less" sign on the express lanes at supermarkets is perfectly acceptable. (No doubt the editors of the Bedford are aware of MW Usage book; however, the books they cite are much more prescriptive.) <BR/><BR/>The Bedford/A Writer's Reference is the most user-friendly college handbook. <BR/><BR/>-- C J Singh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    GREAT !!

    Great resource for writing a paper ! Highly recommend for college students!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2009

    The writer's reference recommended by my English prof.

    This reference book helped me alot in my english class esp. with all the changes in writing rules this is a great book to have and keep.

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