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Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers (9th Edition) [Hardcover]

Lynn Q. Troyka , Doug Hesse
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)


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November 6, 2008 0136028608 978-0136028604 9

The Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers, from trusted authors Lynn Troyka and Doug Hesse, provides you with the support you need to be successful. Providing the most balanced coverage of the writing process, grammar, research, and topics, Troyka and Hesse give you practical advice about the writing they you will do in composition courses, in other classes, and in the world beyond.




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Useful as a supplement to the handbook or as a primary text for basic writing courses, the S & S Workbook for Writers offers instruction and exercises on topics from punctuation to planning an essay. The Workbook's organization parallels that of the handbook, making it easy to use the books in concert. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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/*9707G-2, 0-13-097077-8, Lynn Quitman, Troyka, Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers and Companion Website Access Card, 6/E*/ This bestselling, exceptionally easy to use rhetoric/handbook is both an ideal source for self-instruction and a comprehensive reference. Throughout, the information is chunked into small quick-to-find, easily digested pieces, and all parts of the book are color-coded at the top of the page--visible without opening the book. A multi-draft sample paper shows the writing process from various idea-generating and prewriting activities through three complete drafts; and a sample research paper is accompanied by a commentary detailing the writing process and research issues. Includes a full range of documentation guidelines—MLA and APA, Chicago Manual, and CBE—each quickly identifiable by its distinctive color bar down the outer edge of the page. Begins with coverage of the writing process, giving extensive attention to critical thinking and writing argument, followed by treatment of all aspects of style, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. It offers complete coverage of research (electronic and traditional), research writing, writing across the disciplines, and ESL. For anyone wanting a solid tutorial and reference on the elements and process of good writing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 9 edition (November 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136028608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136028604
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST Writers Handbook of All ! ! November 12, 2005
Format:Hardcover
I have found this to be the BEST writers' handbook of all the ones I've studied. I am a private tutor in Mountain View, California and I use it for my high school & college students.

It contains several great sections on how to develop ideas for writing essays, the best I've found anywhere. Plenty of examples for multiple disciplines: Social studies, Literature, Art, Business, and research papers. Well organized - each chapter contains references to other related sections.

Other texts I've reviewed (in order of preference): Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers 5th, 6th, & 7th editions (Troyka); 2) The Scribner Handbook for Writers (DiYanni); 3) The Random House Handbook (Crews); 4) The Holt Handbook; 5) Harcourt & Harbrace; 6) Prentice Hall
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Organization Disguises Excellent Material August 24, 1998
Format:Hardcover
I am a Nashville-based technical writer. In an attempt to maintain the grammar side of my job, I pulled out my copy of this book. I have been reading it--cover to cover.
I purchased this book while working on my graduate degree a few semesters ago, but it was so poorly organized that I placed this it in my desk.
Since digging into it, I discovered pages upon pages of valuable information.
If the publishers put a little more time into the organization and "user-friendliness" of this book, what a treasure it would be!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has Everything You Need August 11, 2002
By yup
Format:Hardcover
This is pretty nice reference book, although some of the stuff in it are really obvious. The menu on the first page makes it really easy to find what you're looking for. I didn't like the way the MLA documentation section was designed; it had only a few exmaples.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book November 4, 2006
Format:Hardcover
We are using this as a textbook in our home schooling. It is very easy to understand and use. My child is learning a lot and it was definitely the right purchase for us.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Usefulness of the Handbook March 10, 2006
Format:Hardcover
This handbook is a great asset for any college student that requires a great reference on all types of writing formats in an English course. The Handbook does clearify alot of misconceptions with writing formats such as MLA, APA, Chicago Manual, and many others. It also provides you examples on how the papers using such writing formats should appear on a paper.

I was able to even use for my research papers in History class even though i got it originally for my English course ENC1102.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Writer's Handbook March 24, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is recommended for anyone that wants to maintain a good level of grammar in their writing. This is especially useful for multi-lingual users. It is insightful and also reminds one of the basic grammar rules that are easily forgotten through the years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference! March 1, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Great book to have around when you're unsure about something. Will definitely be a book you will not want to sell back to the bookstore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will set you apart from the average. May 19, 2010
By Mr
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book will set you apart from the average writer. A must for any college student seeking a high GPA.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for college
This is a great tool for writers of most any age. It came in a timely fashion and was in better than expected condition. It's a big help for college!
Published 2 months ago by Christy Karnes
5.0 out of 5 stars As described
Book came as described and was a great deal. I am an adult student trying to reduce my education costs. Used books are definitely helping me save. Thank you!
Published 3 months ago by Amber Soto
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Comprehensive
This is one comprehensive book! It covers everything you need to know and in great detail. This isn't one of those books that you're going to breeze through, nope, this one is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dennis Waller
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy book for writers.
This book Really helped with my grammar and sentence structure. I depend on it. I will reccommend it to everyone
Published 3 months ago by Vivian Houston
5.0 out of 5 stars Great customer experience
The order arrived quickly and the product met my expectations with the quality listing (ie used, new, etc) Thanks a lot keep up the good work!
Published 5 months ago by william tepper
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
The book was a little more worn that I anticipated, but still in very good shape. I wanted it on my shelf as a reference. I got what I ordered and I'm satisfied. Thank you.
Published 5 months ago by James P. Kofoid
1.0 out of 5 stars I pray you never have to use this book
I got it for class and my professor treats it like a bible. There is literally a quarter inch thick section in this book about different ways to cite things.
Published 6 months ago by Chynna
3.0 out of 5 stars It works
Required book for my daughters dual credit class. The book has what she needs. It has MLA and APA style notations in it allowing it to be used at schools using both styles.
Published 9 months ago by W. Howey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
My kid needed this $100 book so I bought it used. So far I'm happy cuz I got it for 75% less. It looks good & will consider used books again
Published 10 months ago by Whaaat
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book
This book has a lot of useful information for writers. It is a good reference book and was required for my English class.
Published 14 months ago by Try2bHappy
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