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A Pocket Style Manual 5th Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 180 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0312452759
ISBN-10: 0312452756
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"I like the book for its convenient format, straightforward presentation of material, and interesting, easy-to-use examples."

— Mary Evans, College of Nursing, University of South Florida

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 The Bedford Handbook, Seventh Edition (2006); A Writer's Reference, Sixth Edition (2007); and A Pocket Style Manual, Fifth Edition (2008).



ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS

NANCY SOMMERS, Sosland Director of Expository Writing at Harvard University, has also taught composition at Rutgers University and at Monmouth College and has directed the writing program at the University of Oklahoma. 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, Eighth Edition (2007) for Bedford/St. Martin's.

TOM JEHN teaches composition and directs the Writing Across the Disciplines program at Harvard University. A recipient of numerous teaching awards both at Harvard and at the University of Virginia, he also leads professional development seminars on writing instruction for public high school teachers.

JANE ROSENZWEIG teaches composition and directs the writing center at Harvard University. She has also taught writing at Yale University and the University of Iowa.

MARCY CARBAJAL VAN HORN, Assistant Professor of English and ESL at Santa Fe Community College (FL), teaches composition to native and nonnative speakers of English and teaches the Advanced ESL Writing course.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 5th edition (January 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312452756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312452759
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Spiral-bound
Good little book, but I'll take her full version any day for upper COLLEGE LEVEL and grad school level work ("A Writer's Reference"), even at twice the price. It's been worth every dollar I paid for it and then some! I've used many ref guides: Ms. Hacker outstrips them all by light years.
But this little guy is very handy, and will get you where you need to go with citations and such as long as you're into basics. PERFECT for high schoolers and for freshmen/sophs in college, but beyond that: GET THE BIG BOOK ("A Writer's Reference")! It's too good to pass up!
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Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this manual--it is very useful for undergraduates, graduate students, and those in the professional world. Some handbooks cover a lot of material but tend to be bulky and intimidating. Hacker's manual, in contrast, is clear, succinct, and non-intimidating. It covers the fine points of grammar, style, essay and research paper writing, and MLA documentation. If I had to recommend one reference book in English style and grammar to own, I would choose this one. I am a Graduate Student in the M.A. English program at Holy Names College and this manual is helping me get through the Program! Note: if you have a few more dollars to spend, get A Writer's Reference. Third Edition. by Hacker...It is an expanded version of the Pocket Style Manual, adding such subjects as ESL trouble spots, preparing Outlines, etc. It also comes with helpful tab dividers for easy reference use.
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Format: Spiral-bound
A Valuable Resource *****

Let's get one thing clear. This book is not a comprehensive book on grammar, syntax, or anything else. It's designed to be a handy little quick-reference for busy people. In this respect, the book succeeds admirably. It covers everything you might need to look up in a pinch--I'm a writer and it's nice to have something that is even faster than the internet to use. That's the goal of this book (I think).

The spiral binding is nice--it's a bother to have a reference book that won't stay open when you are trying to type on a computer. Hacker thought of everything to make the book more efficient to use. The trim size is odd. I think it's designed to fit in a back pocket, although I don't know any woman that would ever stuff a book into her pants, I guess it's possible that a male reader might do it.

It's a little pricey for a quick-reference, but I'm betting that Amazon will discount the book eventually. At least it qualifies for super-saver shipping at full price. Great little reference!
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I have taught high school junior English for 16 years, and Hacker's manual is the best I've found...by far.
First, since many schools have abandoned grammar altogether, many students have little grasp on basic skills. This manual allows students to take a refresher course, complete with detailed examples. Also, this manual helps students with tedious writing strategies that are not taught in some schools. For example, voice, tense, person and tone are all covered, as well as transitions, introductions and effective conclusions. It's easy to read and understand. Finally, in the area of research, MLA, APA and Chicago are all covered. In this fashion, one can compare and easily see the differences each style requires. Often, a student is taking 3 different classes that require 3 different formats. This book succinctly transcends from one to the next.
An invaluable section is that of citations. It teaches how to cite, how to avoid plagiarism, and also how to integrate quotations into your paper. Many students don't know how to paraphrase, as some teachers allow copying straight from the encyclopedia to the notebook paper! This book show you how!Finally, for the visually dependent, Hacker includes a sample page of a title page,works cited page, and a first page.
A final note in this computer age, Hacker keeps up with the Internet and helps the student with any and all websites and databases. This alone is invaluable. Be sure you get the most updated version. This is the third edition, and I have all my juniors use it. I call it our "mini bible."
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Format: Spiral-bound
This is the writing reference I assign for all my college English classes. Most writing handbooks are way too big; this one has just the information you need, clearly laid out and well-organized. Includes how to correct all the most common errors, how to edit for conciseness and clarity. Also includes a handy index and a glossary of usage. The spiral binding allows you to lay it flat when using using it for reference. Very handy and necessary are the included guides to the most common documentation styles: MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual of Style. Buy this one and keep it always for an essential reference for all writers, whether college or professional or amateur.
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Format: Spiral-bound
I teach in a high school where we have just opened a brand-new freshmen-only campus. We are trying all sorts of innovative things to help maximize the learning experience. One of the best innovations so far this year is the distribution of this style manual to every student, teacher and staff member in the school. The hope is the students will carry it with them for four years (and beyond) and that teachers and staff will use it as a reference when working with students and other members of the school community. I was especially grateful to receive a copy of this, since I had just lost my MLA guide, the Chicago Manual of Style and Elements of Style by Strunk and White in a flood. This quick-reference guide replaces all of these books in one portable guide. I especially like the spiral binding and laminated cover -- Very durable for stashing in a book bag or in a locker. Professional writers and those writing graduate-level papers will probably need the full versions of these books. However, the average student, whether in high school or in college, will find this book to be indispensible.
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