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A Good Guide to Citation and More . . . if used correctly
on May 10, 2011
I teach developmental writing and English 101 at a community college. I adopted this book after having used another book which represents itself as a comprehensive guide, The Norton Field Guide to Writing. I found the Norton Field Guide repetitious. It commits a sin all too many college texts commit today: it comes pre-highlighted. If instructors are supposed to lead their students to think critically, doesn't a text in which the main points are highlighted defeat that purpose by spoonfeeding the students and by not treating them as adults?
Furthermore, the addition of color doubles the price of a book. At $90+ per book, students deserve a break in the form of a black and white text.
A Writer's Reference contains everything a student in 101 needs to know in order to make the transition from high school writing to college writing. The tabs are a plus. All a student has to do is go to the MLA or APA tab to find how to cite and how to construct a bibliography. There is no need to "teach" these things: simply direct the students to the book.