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Rules for Writers Spiral-bound – CLV, October 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0312452766 ISBN-10: 0312452764 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 615 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 6th edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312452764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312452766
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Too many handbooks are absolutely cluttered. I appreciate Rules for Writers for its simplicity and ease of use. Allegra Blake, ICentral Michigan University My students are busier than ever before. I like that is compact enough for them to have in their backpacks at all times. They also benefit from the always-available online help. --Diana Hacker

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 Pocket Style Manual, Fifth Edition (2008). 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.<BR><BR><B>JANE ROSENZWEIG</B> teaches composition and directs the writing center at Harvard University. She has also taught writing at Yale University and the University of Iowa.<BR><BR><B>MARCY CARBAJAL VAN HORN,</B> 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. <B></B></DIV></DIV></DIV>

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Customer Reviews

Received the book as promised.
Cindy Young
Great sections on APA and MLA format writing.
T. Staten
This is a college book that my son needed.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Tony Thomas on June 2, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
The college where I teach English composition used Rules for Writers as the Handbook for three or four years. It now uses the Bedford Handbook. I found Rules for Writers to be very full and useful for every aspect of teaching, not only grammar and punctuation, but for composition and research writing as well. It tends to have fairly exhaustive explanations of most points of grammar. It has an especially good section on ESOL problems. All in all, it is a practical useful book that I keep on my writing desk for my own use, even though it is no longer used in our classes.

I was usually able to teach my courses without using any other text other than this book and the required reader. Before we had Rules and currently with the Bedford Handbook (also by Daina Hacker), I had to rely on handouts taken from the internet to emphasize areas like MLA documentation and developing cohesion in paragraphs and essays or to provide remedial materials for students with problems. With Rules for Writers, and also with the Little, Brown Handbook, another good handbook, I found better supplementary materials right in the book than anything I found on the Net.

The biggest problem with Rules for Writers is its spiral bound soft cover format. This book does not hold up. Pages fall out, the cover falls off, and the book gets banged up. I would have to replace it every semester, if only not to be embarassed by the wrecked appearance my copy would have when it was time to display the textbook on the first day of class!

Now as a professor who gets free textbooks, that is not a big problem.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Taylor Huff on February 11, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
When I was a freshman in college (circa 1979), the official reference book for my honors English Comp class was "Rules for Writers, 2nd ed." And I still have that book on my bookshelf. When I discovered the book was still in publication and in its 5th edition (spiral-bound and fully updated to include the technology issues writers face), I had to have it.

No matter how much you THINK you know about the rules of writing, grammar and punctuation, there's always something else you can learn. This book can benefit you whether you are a professional writer, a student, a business person, or someone for whom English is your second language and you want to improve your writing skills. Well-organized and indexed, with easy-to-understand examples, this little book seems to have it all.

Add it to your reference library! Some things really are almost timeless.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patricia D. Brown on June 20, 2006
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I'm an SAT tutor, and I haven't been thrilled with many of the grammar/usage/writing SAT books on the market. They usually do a decent job on a few topics but not all topics. I'm getting this book for every one of my students (and my own son) because it will not only help them with the SAT writing section but it serves as the best ongoing reference for their use in school. I haven't tried the CD-ROM yet (sold separately) but it has over 1000 practice exercises.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joel Peck on February 3, 2001
Format: Spiral-bound
I found this book a useful tool for people who need a helping hand in their writing. It's not for the person looking for a quick referance. There are many helpful exercise to help you better understand you writing problems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan B on April 5, 2008
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This is a top shelf book in my writers tool box. It is clear, concise, and informative. It has many good examples, and its flow chart approach to identifying and correcting typical grammar errors is easy to use. As a new writer, I find this book very helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chike Uka on September 29, 2007
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A formidable book aimed at helping young students to master the rules and syntax of the English grammar.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Staten on June 30, 2006
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Comprehensive grammar book. Great sections on APA and MLA format writing.
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If you are a college student, you have GOT to get your hands on this book. APA formatting and loaded with info. Document Design, Grammar, Punctuation, Academic Writing, Conducting Research, MLA writing format, AND its a SPIRAL bound book - lays flat on any open page to review and type at the same time. A++, 5-Stars, Absolutely the best reference book that I have on my shelves ! Saves you hours of web surfing to find an answer ! Makes a great inserted reference for your word documents ! I use it daily !
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