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Writer's Reference - Text Only

Writer's Reference - Text Only - 6th edition

ISBN13: 978-0312450250

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ISBN13: 978-0312450250
ISBN10: 0312450257

Cover type: Spiral
Edition: 6TH 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Bedford Books
Published: 2007
International: No

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Writer's Reference - Text Only - 6TH 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312450250

Diana Hacker

ISBN13: 978-0312450250
ISBN10: 0312450257

Cover type: Spiral
Edition: 6TH 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Bedford Books
Published: 2007
International: No

Having helped nearly 3 million students at 1,600 colleges and universities to write well, A Writer's Reference succeeds because it has always been grounded in classroom experience. Nearly twenty years ago, Diana Hacker reinvented the college handbook by looking at her own students' needs. She crafted a first-of-its-kind reference that offered practical solutions to college writing problems in a language students could understand and in a format that was easy for them to use. Her many innovations -- hand-edited sentences, grammar checker boxes, student-friendly index entries, ESL coverage, and a lay-flat comb binding -- have been widely imitated but never improved upon. In the Hacker tradition, the new contributing authors -- Nancy Sommers, Tom Jehn, Jane Rosenzweig, and Marcy Carbajal Van Horn -- have crafted solutions for the writing problems of today's college students. Together they give us a new edition that provides more help with academic writing and that works better for a wider range of multilingual students.

Author Bio

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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Composing and revising
Sample Paper
Research writing
Conducting research
Evaluating sources
Managing information
Planning and drafting
Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism
Integrating sources
Revising your draft
Effective sentences
Needed words
Problems with modifiers
Mixed constructions
Coordination and subordination
Sentence variety
Word choice
Glossary of usage
Wordy sentences
Active verbs
Appropriate language
Exact language
The dictionary and thesaurus
Grammatical sentences
Subject-verb agreement
Other problems with verbs
Problems with pronouns
Adjectives and adverbs
Sentence fragments
Run-on sentences
Esl Trouble spots
Special problems with verbs
Sentence structure
Other trouble spots
The comma
Unnecessary commas
The semicolon
The colon
The apostrophe
Quotation marks
Other marks
Spelling and mechanics
The hyphen
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