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The Bedford Handbook,9780312419332

The Bedford Handbook

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Edition:
7th
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9780312419332

ISBN10:
0312419333
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
11/18/2005
Publisher(s):
Bedford/St. Martin's
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Summary

Built on Diana Hacker's vision and developed with the help of expert composition teachers, the seventh edition ofThe Bedford Handbookis the indispensable classroom and reference tool it always was only better. Now with the strongest coverage of research writing in a full-sized handbook, the seventh edition helps students meet one of the core challenges of academic writing: maintaining their own voice while writing from sources. This edition also adds innovative tips from writing center tutors, sound advice for writing across the curriculum, and substantially more help for writing with and writing about visuals.

Author Biography

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 A Writer's Reference, Fifth Edition (2003); Rules for Writers, Fifth Edition (2004); and A Pocket Style Manual, Fourth Edition (2004).

Table of Contents

  Preface for Instructors
  How to Use this Book and Its Web Site
    
PART I. THE WRITING PROCESS
    1. Generate ideas and sketch a plan.
    2. Rough out an initial draft.
    3. Make global revisions; then revise sentences.
    SAMPLE ESSAY
    4. Build effective paragraphs.
    
PART II. DOCUMENT DESIGN
    5. Become familiar with the principles of document design.
    6. Use standard academic and business formats.
    7. Create effective electronic documents.
    
PART III. CLEAR SENTENCES
    8. Prefer active verbs.
    9. Balance parallel ideas.
    10. Add needed words.
    11. Untangle mixed constructions.
    12. Repair misplaced and dangling modifiers.
    13. Eliminate distracting shifts.
    14. Emphasize key ideas.
    15. Provide some variety.
    
PART IV. WORD CHOICE
    16. Tighten wordy sentences.
    17. Choose appropriate language.
    18. Find the exact words.
    
PART V. GRAMMATICAL SENTENCES
    19. Repair sentence fragments.
    20. Revise run-on sentences.
    21. Make subjects and verbs agree.
    22. Make pronouns and antecedents agree.
    23. Make pronoun references clear.
    24. Distinguish between pronouns such as I and me.
    25. Distinguish between who and whom.
    26. Choose adjectives and adverbs with care.
    27. Choose standard English verb forms.
    28. Use verbs in the appropriate tense and mood.
    
PART VI. ESL TROUBLE SPOTS
    29. Be alert to special problems with verbs.
    30. Use the articles a, an, and the appropriately.
    31. Be aware of other potential trouble spots.
    
PART VII. PUNCTUATION
    32. The comma
    33. Unnecessary commas
    34. The semicolon
    35. The colon
    36. The apostrophe
    37. Quotation marks
    38. End punctuation
    39. Other punctuation marks
    
PART VIII. MECHANICS
    40. Abbreviations
    41. Numbers
    42. Italics (underlining)
    43. Spelling
    44. The hyphen
    45. Capital letters
    
PART IX. CRITICAL THINKING
    46. Writing about texts
   *SAMPLE ESSAY
    47. Constructing reasonable arguments
    SAMPLE ESSAY
    48. Evaluating arguments
    49. Writing in the disciplines
    
PART X. RESEARCHED WRITING
    50. Conducting research
    51. Evaluating sources
    52. Managing information; avoiding plagiarism
    53. Choosing a documentation style
    
    Writing MLA Papers
    54. Supporting a thesis
    55. Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism
    56. Integrating sources
    57. MLA documentation style
    58. MLA manuscript format
    SAMPLE ESSAY
    59. Writing about literature
    Writing APA Papers
    59. APA papers
   *SAMPLE ESSAY
    
    Writing Chicago Papers
    60. Chicago papers
    SAMPLE ESSAY
    
PART XI. GRAMMAR BASICS
    62. Parts of speech
    63. Sentence patterns
    64. Subordinate word groups
    65. Sentence types
    
  Glossary of Usage
  Answers to Tutorials and Lettered Exercises
  Index
    
    
   *new to this edition


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