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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2011
I have never writen a review and this is not meant to be a review, just info for future customers. If you are getting this book for an english class, like myself, the book does not come with an access code for mycomplab. You can purchase the access code, a seperate purchase from the book, on the pearson mycomplab website if you wish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2010
I needed this book for my college english class, it is actually a very good book. They explain different forms of writing and have great examples. Also, there is an online writing lab called my writing lab which is very helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2010
This book is an excellent guide to freshman writing. Its approach is based upon different genres and includes sample student papers that concretize what is found in the text. The breadth of genres covered really helped me to realize how much writing can do, and really allowed me to break from the highly structured styles taught in high school. The layout makes it easy to navigate and interesting to read and the writing is clear and informative. I will be keeping it as a resource long after the semester is over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2013
Most writing textbooks are (ironically) monotonous and dull. "Writing Today," however, is entertaining, easy to read and comprehend, and offers great tips and proper writing practices for a wide range of genres, including blogging and other online publishing platforms. I especially like the sample essays and writings in each chapter illustrating the use of the topic being covered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2014
I am talking English 120 and this book has been great in a lot of ways. It has all the styles of writing required for this class. It helps you through all the processes of writing a particular style, e.g. argument, profile, etc. From learning how to gather ideas to completing well written paper, this book helps you with each step!

There is a section for APA and MLA writing format as well. The subsections help a writer cite all sorts of sources.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2013
I could lie and say I actually read this text for my classes every day, but in all honesty I don't. It has a plethora of great information in it, and I reference it whenever I need help getting a paper going. rather expensive but way cheaper than the campus bookstore
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2012
Having taught writing for many years, I'm tough on textbooks for freshman composition classes. This book, though, is great.

I am particularly impressed that the authors follow their own advice on writing. The authors have made the text brief, scannable, and quick to navigate. They give concise and useful definitions. They tell you exactly what to do, often in the headings. And in their prose, they show a lot of empathy for the average student. Their tone, throughout, is reassuring.

I find the book easy to use, too. The authors help you skim through any chapter, because they provide frequent headings, bulleted and numbered lists, digests, color-coded tables, diagrams and callouts.

Here are two examples of the simple but helpful design.

1. The sample essays appear on different color paper, so they stand out from the rest of the text.
2. On the inside back cover, the authors list the WPA outcomes for first-year composition...essentially, the goals for the course...and show where each one is addressed in the text.

Instructors, take a look. Students, if you've been assigned this textbook, thank your lucky stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2013
The book Downloaded to my iPad right away. It is just what I needed for my college English class. I will always try to get my textbooks on my kindle app on the iPad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2014
Good book for anyone who is taking a college writing and class and doesn't have much experience with writing, or has falling out of the skills needed for proficient college writing. The book is full of examples and pages dedicated to understanding the different formats, which I use regularly for writing my college papers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2012
This is an easy to understand and very helpful book. It helped me make every single paper I wrote better. The examples are very good to model from, and the chapter's content was informative, but not hard to understand. Overall, it's just a good aid for English or writing classes.
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