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Writer's Reference

Writer's Reference - 7th edition

Writer's Reference - 7th edition

ISBN13: 9780312601430
ISBN10: 0312601433
Cover type: Spiral
Edition: 7TH 11
Copyright: 2011
Publisher: Bedford Books
International: No
ISBN13: 9780312601430
ISBN10: 0312601433
Cover type: Spiral
Edition: 7TH 11
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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

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