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Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers (8th Edition) (MyCompLab Series) 8th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131993846
ISBN-10: 0131993844
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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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Quick Find Road Map

 

If you sometimes feel a bit unsure as you write, try using the QUICK FIND ROADMAP to get you back on track to effective writing. The roadmap reflects some of the most common writing errors that frustrate writers.  To find the information you need, choose the item that best describes the issue you are facing and then turn to the pages referenced.

 

WORDS AND SENTENCES

Write complete sentences instead of fragments.

Join independent clauses correctly by avoiding comma splices and run-ons.

Match grammatical forms within sentences to avoid shifts and keep sentences clear.

Make sentences with introductory phrases and with modifiers clear.

Know when to use its or it's.

 

GRAMMAR

Match subjects and verbs in number and person.

Match pronouns to the word or words they refer to.

Use correct verb endings.

Choose verbs that correctly express time in tense and form.

Describe relationships with the correct prepositions for time and place.

 

PUNCTUATION

Use commas after introductory elements.

Use commas in compound sentences.

Use commas to set off nonrestrictive elements.

Do not use commas to set off restrictive elements.

Use commas with a series of three or more elements that share the same grammatical form.

Use apostrophes correctly.

 

STYLE AND WORD CHOICE

Choose the best words for your meaning.

Make your writing to the point and concise.

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Product Details

  • Series: MyCompLab Series
  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 8 edition (April 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131993844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131993846
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I had to buy the 8th edition for my first college writing classes and I fell in love with the book. It is a fantastic reference guide for everything from grammar to punctuation. I eventually upgraded to the 9th edition and it is still a great book. The only complaint I have is that the 8th edition had colored pages along the side that helped you get to certain sections quickly, but adding tabs to my 9th edition made up for that minor shortfall.

Overall, it is a vital deep reference that sits on my shelf alongside the classic Elements of Style. Elements of Style is my quick reference book and the Handbook for Writers is my detailed reference book. I consider both of them vital for my writing.
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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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