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Pocket Style Manual - 4th edition

Pocket Style Manual - 4th edition

ISBN13: 9780312406844

ISBN10: 0312406843

Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker - ISBN 9780312406844
Cover type: Spiral
Edition: 4TH 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Bedford Books
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Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker - ISBN 9780312406844

ISBN13: 9780312406844

ISBN10: 0312406843

Cover type: Spiral
Edition: 4TH 04
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Written by Diana Hacker, the best-selling handbook author in the country, trusted by thousands of students and instructors for her straightforward, unpretentious style.

Inexpensive, pocket sized, and spiral bound. At only $14.50 net, A Pocket Style Manual is less than half the price of full-sized handbooks. And the book's small size and spiral binding make it easy to carry and easy to use.

A reference students can -- and will -- use on their own. Trademark Hacker features help students find the information they need and understand what they find: quick-reference tabs and menus; an easy-access design with clean, uncluttered pages; easy-to-understand explanations; hand-edited examples; and a user-friendly index.

The ground rules of good writing for a solid academic foundation. Whether students are writing in literature, psychology, history, or in other disciplines, they need a firm grasp of key skills. A checklist for global revision prompts students to review their essays for focus, organization, content, style, and use of sources -- universal concerns in all academic writing.

Common topics. Clear advice. A Pocket Style Manual delivers clear and succinct coverage of the topics college writers most frequently need in a handbook: clarity, grammar, usage, punctuation, and mechanics. Diana Hacker pairs straightforward explanations with hand-edited sentences that allow students to see at a glance an error and its correction.

Discipline-focused advice for research and writing -- from thesis to documentation. Students can plan and draft their papers using specific advice for writing and working with sources in humanities, social science0, and history courses. Updated and expanded guidelines include additional models for multimedia and Web sources -- with special emphasis on database services -- for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. The fourth edition includes MLA's 2003 guidelines.

An entire section on editing for ESL problems includes practical help and lots of examples designed specifically for multilingual writers.

On the Web

Thoroughly revising and expanding materials on the book companion site means the book remains brief but the resources for students and instructors are more numerous, more varied, and more practical. Cross-references within the text direct students to specific Web resources, ensuring that the book and the site work together as an integrated whole.

The most extensive online research writing support available with a handbook. Developed by Diana Hacker, the companion Web site supports students as they find, evaluate, integrate, and document sources for research essays in multiple disciplines.

Unique research exercises help students integrate sources and avoid plagiarism in MLA, APA, and Chicago papers.

Research and Documentation Online, an entire Web-based research booklet, offers students a handy guide to finding and documenting sources in 25 different academic disciplines.

Model research essays in MLA, APA, Chicago, and CBE styles provide cross-curricular guidance in writing and formatting a variety of documents.

Links point students to the best research and writing sites on the Web.

Stronger online support for improving writing and grammar.

Nearly 1,000 interactive writing and grammar exercises -- with customized feedback written by Diana Hacker.

Language Debates, mini-essays on controversial topics of grammar and usage, such as split infinitives.

Flexible reporting options that allow teachers to monitor student progress.

In the Book

Expanded coverage of documentation -- including MLA's 2003 guidelines. The fourth edition includes fuller coverage of documenting the sources today's students use most often -- Web sites and material from online database services such as InfoTrac and ProQuest. A Pocket Style Manual offers numerous models so that students can easily match up their sources with the models shown.

Updated advice on finding and evaluating sources. Revised sections teach strategies for finding sources and for evaluating potential sources throughout the research process -- from choosing a search engine or database to selecting reliable sources to reading those sources.

Additional help for writing about literature. Coverage of integrating literary sources is now strengthened with the addition of sample pages from an MLA-style literature essay on Susan Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers."

Engaging, relevant examples from across the curriculum. In response to feedback from users, Diana Hacker revised many of the examples used throughout the text. The fourth edition includes stronger examples throughout -- ones that will catch students' interest and help them apply skills to the writing they do for courses across the college curriculum.

Author Bio

Hacker, Diana : Prince George's Community College

With almost half of the colleges and universities in America currently using one or more of her handbooks, DIANA HACKER is the most successful college textbook author in the country. A member of the English faculty at Prince George's Community College in Maryland for over thirty years, she has personally class tested her handbooks with nearly four thousand first- and second-year student writers. In addition to A Pocket Style Manual, her family of handbooks includes The Bedford Handbook (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002), A Writer's Reference (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003), Rules for Writers (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004), and Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Tighten wordy sentences.
2. Prefer active verbs.
3. Balance parallel ideas.
4. Add needed words.
5. Eliminate confusing shifts.
6. Untangle mixed constructions.
7. Repair misplaced and dangling modifiers.
8. Provide some variety.
9. Find an appropriate voice.

10. Make subjects and verbs agree.
11. Be alert to other problems with verbs.
12. Use pronouns with care.
13. Choose adjectives and adverbs with care.
14. Repair sentence fragments.
15. Revise run-on sentences.
16. If English is not your native language, check for common ESL problems.

17. The comma
18. The semicolon and the colon
19. The apostrophe
20. Quotation marks
21. Other marks

22. Capitalization
23. Abbreviations, numbers, and italics (underlining)
24. Spelling and the hyphen

25. Posing a research question
26. Finding appropriate sources
27. Evaluating sources

28. Supporting a thesis
29. Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism
30. Integrating nonfiction sources
31. Integrating literary quotations
32. MLA documentation style
33. MLA manuscript format; sample MLA pages

34. Supporting a thesis
35. Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism
36. Integrating sources
37. APA documentation style
38. APA manuscript format; sample APA pages

39. Supporting a thesis
40. Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism
41. Integrating sources
42. Chicago documentation style
43. Chicago manuscript format; sample Chicago pages

44. Glossary of usage
45. Glossary of grammatical terms

A List of Style Manuals
Checklist for Global Revisions
Revision Symbols