- Series: Writer's Reference
- Plastic Comb: 466 pages
- Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 5th edition (May 12, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312412622
- ISBN-13: 978-0312412623
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Writer's Reference: 2003 MLA Update 5th Edition
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A Writer's Reference is a great minimum level handbook to use for writing in and out of class. This is better than other Hacker products, particularly as a writer's handibook.
Hacker produces handbooks on all levels. One I like, except for its format that means the book will disappear page by page after more than one semester, is _Rules for Writers_. That is a full handbook, suitable as a textbook for English Composition 1 & 2 without any other text. One I do not like is the _Bedford Handbook_. There Hacker tries to dumb down the book, but ends up not providing enough explanation for students who need to learn on one hand, and not being handy enough for working writers to use to look up things.
A Writer's Reference has enough grammar, punctuation, usage, and mechanics to help composition students. Of, course, it would not work well as a remedial English tool, but that is not its task.
For decades before I ever taught college, I gathered these comp books as an aid for writing, copy editing, and proof reading. I am always looking for a handy reference that does not slow me down when I am looking for information. This is it! A Writer's Reference is short, sweet, clear, and superbly indexed. It took me one minute with A Writer's Reference book to find a solution to a usage and grammar question that has perplexed me over the past year.Read more ›
This book also have some guides to simple grammatical mistakes that many writers make. As useful as this section may be, it didn't cover the subjects extensively or detailed enough to be really applicable in more complex writing situations. It only gives few and simple examples.
This is a handy little book to have if you know you will be writing academic papers a lot. I always have this one my desk so I know how to properly cite just about every source I use.
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This is a MUST have for anyone taking an English, literature or Writing course of any kind. Honestly I wish we could force people to read this book.Published 5 months ago by Sharronda Bowles-Simon
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