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A Great Companion for Writers at All Levels
on April 7, 2013
As a student, a writer, and a teacher, I think this book is a useful and easy-to-understand resource for double-checking my work as I write and revise papers.
Let's face it: the English language is filled with a seemingly endless number of little intricacies concerning its correct usage that can be difficult to recall instantly during the writing process. This handbook serves as a vade mecum for referencing all of the various rules, guidelines, and heavily-nuanced aspects pertaining to grammar and writing.
Although I've used newer editions of this book over the years, I own the 6th edition of it-- which I've utilized countless times throughout my college career. Currently, I'm in a doctoral program and I make sure this handbook is in my reach every time I write or grade papers. I listed this book in the syllabus of the undergrad class that I teach as a "suggested text" for students to use as they write their assigned papers. (I didn't want to make it a required text because I'm very empathic of the financial situations/burdens of college students; and, our libraries and writing centers have copies of it that students can use for free.)