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A Pocket Style Manual Sixth Edition Edition

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'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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Style Manual (Book 6)
  • Spiral-bound: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; Sixth Edition edition (November 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312542542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312542542
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I enjoy this manual as it has everything you need to write a MLA paper. I've used APA before but is somewhat difficult to understand but with this pocket style manual it is really easy to write the MLA paper if your professor requires it. Shows you how the paper should look and references how you should reference all types of media in your paper, and it not hard to understand. If you have to write MLA papers and are confused as to how to cite, this manual is for you!
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Every student--middle school, high school, college, grad school--who has to write papers can benefit from this style manual. It could not be easier to use. Regardless of required format (Chicago, APA, MLA, etc.) or source materials (Internet, personal interviews, e-mail, DVDs, etc.), the writer is given specific examples of how to document everything, along with examples of a finished paper in each style. I give copies of it as graduation gifts and recommend it to students, parents, and other teachers.

A writer, editor, tutor, and former English teacher, I have a bookcase full of reference books. This is the one I take with me wherever I go.
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I have twins who are finishng their junior year of high school, but are dual enrolled at a community college. This last semester they were enrolled in a composition class. They, both, said this book really helped them with their writing. They plan to keep this book handy through their college years. So far, out of the four college books we've purchased for each of them, this is the only book they want to keep. Good investment for anyone who wants to write better whether for school or business.
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This book gets updated periodically to cover any changes in citation, web references, etc., however it is good for a number of years and great to have on hand at all times. It not only helps the student it is a big help to parents who have to answer questions and check students papers. A must have!!!!
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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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