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A Writer's Reference 6th Edition

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About the Author

DIANA HACKER's handbooks, used at almost half of the colleges and universities in the country, are the most widely adopted in America. A member of the English faculty at Prince George's Community College in Maryland for almost 35 years, Diana Hacker personally class-tested her handbooks with nearly four thousand students. Diana Hacker's other handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin's, include The Bedford Handbook (2006); Rules for Writers (2004); andA Pocket Style Manual (2004).

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS
NANCY SOMMERS, Sosland Director of Expository Writing at Harvard University, has also taught composition at Rutgers University and at Monmouth College and has directed the writing program at the University of Oklahoma. A two-time Braddock Award winner, Sommers is well-known for her research and publications on student writing. Her articles "Revision Strategies of Student and Experienced Writers" and "Responding to Student Writing" are two of the most widely read in the field. Her recent work involves a longitudinal study of undergraduate writing. Nancy Sommers is coauthor of Fields of Reading (2007) and tudent Writers at Work: The Bedford Prizes, both published by Bedford/St. Martin's.

TOM JEHN teaches composition and directs the writing across the disciplines program at Harvard University. A recipient of numerous teaching awards both at Harvard and at the University of Virginia, he also leads professional development seminars on writing instruction for public high school teachers through the Calderwood Writing Fellows Project.

JANE ROSENZWEIG, a published author of fiction and non-fiction, teaches composition and directs the writing center at Harvard University. She has also taught writing at Yale University and the University of Iowa.

MARCY CARBAJAL VAN HORN, assistant professor of English and ESL at Santa Fe Community College (FL), teaches composition to native and nonnative speakers of English and teaches the Advanced ESL Writing course. She has also taught university-level academic writing and critical thinking at Instituto Technológico y de Estudios Superiores in Mexico.
 
EDITORIAL ADVISERS:
Of the more than 500 experienced composition instructors who reviewed the new edition, a core group served as an editorial advisory board — carefully reviewing all new material in depth, making sure the book would work as well for their students as it always had.
Joanne ADDISON
University of Colorado, Denver
 
Derick BURLESON
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
 
Paige BYAM
Northern Kentucky University
 
Elizabeth CANFIELD
Virginia Commonwealth University
 
Richard CARR
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
 
Michele CHEUNG
University of Southern Maine
 
Jon CULLICK
Northern Kentucky University
 
David ENDICOTT
Tacoma Community College
 
Lin FRASER
Sacramento City College
 
Hank GALMISH
Green River Community College
 
Nancy GISH
University of Southern Maine
 
Jacqueline GRAY
St. Charles Community College
 
Barclay GREEN
Northern Kentucky University
 
Karen GROSSWEINER
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
 
D. J. HENRY
Daytona Beach Community College
 
Kandace KNUDSON
Sacramento City College
 
Tonya KROUSE
Northern Kentucky University
 
Tamara KUZMENKOV
Tacoma Community College
 
Cheryl LAZ
University of Southern Maine
 
Lydia Lynn LEWELLEN
Tacoma Community College
 
Jeanette LONIA
Delaware Technical and Community College
 
Walter LOWE
Green River Community College
 
Michael MACKEY
Community College of Denver
 
Tammy MATA
Tarrant County Community College
 
Holly MCSPADDEN
Missouri Southern State University
 
Liora MORIEL
University of Maryland, College Park
 
Patricia MURPHY
Missouri Southern State University
 
Melissa NICOLAS
University of Louisiana, Lafayette
 
Diane Allen O’HERON
Broome Community College
 
Sarah QUIRK
Waubonsee Community College
 
Ann SMITH
Modesto Junior College
 
Steve THOMAS
Community College of Denver
 
Nick TINGLE
University of California, Santa Barbara
 
Terry Myers ZAWACKI
George Mason University
 
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Product Details

  • Series: Writer's Reference
  • Plastic Comb: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 6th edition (November 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312450257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312450250
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This reference is excellent. The codes used for easy reference work, but they can seem cumbersome when you see them throughout the book. But a reference of any kind needs to be easy (simple) to use. The Writer's Reference was written for high school and college students. The examples are many and varied. I wish A Writer's Reference was bounded other than comb binding. The plastic combs will break over time. But the nice thing about the comb binding is that book lays flat.
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This book was ordered as a requirement for a class and now I will not part with it. It has saved me more times than I can count. I keep it close-by and use it regularly.
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I bought this for my communication class on the recommendation of the instructor. It was an excellent reference manual to have at my side. There is a newer edition and while I don't know the exact differences, my instructor said an old edition in this book was fine.
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I STILL HAVE THIS BOOK. ONCE YOU BUY IT, YOU WANT TO KEEP IT. IT WILL HELP YOU AS YOU CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION AND NEED TO WRITE PAPERS. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TO STUDENTS AND PEOPLE CURRENTLY IN ENGLISH 101 AND 102. IT WILL ALSO BE HELPFUL FOR TEENS IN HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH TOO.
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I bought this book as a requirement for one of my writing classes. I not only helped through that class, but it also helped me make it through several other classes. If took as class that required writing essays this book helped. It explains how to write better sentences, paragraphs, and essays.
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Book is divided into sections that make answers easy to find. Provides rules for grammar and punctuation.
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A Writer's Reference, sixth edition, by Diana Hacker, Published by: Bedford/St. Martin's (November 23, 2006)

This book is used in colleges and universities throughout the country, and can be a useful tool throughout one's high school and college education. The book is divided into tabbed sections that provide an easy way to access crucial information to be a successful writer. The material contained within can be used by students or individual writers alike, providing grammatical information, writing styles, and accepted writing formats such as information on how to create MLA, APA, and CMS formatted documents, essays, term papers, and other types of academic writing. The book provides structure, pronunciation, writing styles, word choices, the mechanics of writing, and instructions for successful researching, including how to cite references to avoid inadvertent plagiarism.

Companion websites accompany material in the book and enhance the content, providing exercises to test the reader's comprehension and supply additional information to help each reader to be a successful writer.

This book is a must-have for any writer, whether a student, author, columnist, or hobbyist.
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Bought used however, the condition was very poor. Both back and front covers show considerable wear and even marked with a pen. The back few pages are ripped and unbound. The book itself is very useful and the tabs make for a quick reference.
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