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A Pocket Style Manual [Print Replica] [Kindle Edition]

Diana Hacker , Nancy Sommers
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Used by nearly a quarter million students each year, A Pocket Style Manual is a straightforward, inexpensive quick reference, with content flexible enough to suit the needs of writers in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, health professions, business, fine arts, education, and beyond. Its slim format, brief length, and spiral binding make it easy for students to keep A Pocket Style Manual with them for every writing assignment, in any class. With its signature Hacker handbook quick-reference features—hand-edited sentences, color-coded documentation coverage, user-friendly index entries, and a clean, uncluttered design—A Pocket Style Manual has always provided fast, effective answers to writing and research questions.

 In the Hacker tradition, new coauthor Nancy Sommers has crafted solutions for the challenges today’s college students face. The new edition provides even more help with research writing and supports students in every discipline. Read the preface.

Editorial Reviews


'The book's completeness combined with its portability means that our students actually bring it to class and put it to use.' - Leslie Johnson-Farris, Communication Department, Lansing Community College, USA 'My students like the affordability, clarity, and coverage of everything they seem to need. Many say they will keep A Pocket Style Manual long after they graduate.' - Richard Battaglia, California State University, USA 'I like the slim, spiral-bound, durable, well-indexed, concise format. The content is ideal for me. The examples are especially useful and compelling. It is a great value for students during their entire college career and beyond.' - David Bussard, Susquehanna University, USA 'I like A Pocket Style Manual because it is not intimidating to students and, despite its small size, it has everything I need for classroom activities and for helping students with specific problems in their papers and with their research.' - Elizabeth Hoffman, California State University, USA

About 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 Rules for Writers, Seventh Edition, A Writer’s Reference, Seventh Edition; and The Bedford Handbook, Eighth Edition.
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 coauthor of Fields of Reading, Ninth Edition and is lead author on Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin's.

Product Details

  • File Size: 20238 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 6 edition (November 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan Higher Education
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HQO041S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,038 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect resource August 13, 2012
By Laraed
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We are a house full of college students, both traditional and non-traditional. We have struggled with writing formats and this book has resolved all of our issues. Very valuable regardless of writing level. Thank you!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By malom
After finding my students struggling with style, I began searching for a style agnostic guide. After reading this guide, I decided to add it as an optional reference for my undergraduate students. I have found that using a supplemental quick reference helps students better understand issues and the writing requirements.

This is probably the perfect guide for undergraduate students. It is well written and a good general reference. The manual covers APA and MLA, but at a fairly high level. With that being said, I believe it is specific enough for students to get through a variety of papers in various programs. However, it may be necessary to still supplement with other style guides or web based references. This is a great general reference that addresses various styles, but is better for general grammatical issues.

I would not recommend this for most graduate students though. While we all need a little reference, graduate students should already have a mastery of most of the concepts within this text. When addressing the specific styles, I would suggest using a style specific guide or referring directly to the MLA or APA guides.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect March 18, 2012
By M@
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This reference manual was recommended by a friend, I now highly recommend it as well. I received it as advertised in mint condition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All I needed for my APA paper in one little book! December 21, 2013
By Alma
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My Management prof wanted us to write our research paper in the APA style; I had not written a paper in many years (and we used the MLA style in college). This little book helped me get a 93 on my paper. It is laid out in an easy-to-use format. I highly recommend this guide!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, handy book October 5, 2013
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This handy book is very useful for my writing class but I also use it for essays, in any subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resourse December 22, 2013
By Micaela
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This book is very useful for school. It shows the correct formatting for various writing styles. Thanks to this book, I received a 100% on my notes and bibliography pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great time-saver! November 10, 2013
This reference guide is a real time-saver! The way it is indexed makes if easy to find the topic you are looking for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has all the basics September 25, 2013
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It has everything you need to know to write a better essay. It teaches you all the things you learned in grade school, then forgot, and then some!
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