A Writer's Reference

  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-11-23
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • View Upgraded Edition
  • Purchase Benefits
  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $65.33


The expert advice students need is just one click away with the new e-book forA Writer's Reference, Sixth Edition. Cross-references between the companion site's Writing, Grammar, and Research exercises and relevant e-book content help students learn how to work with their handbook to improve their writing. Interactive "Citation at a glance" boxes provide a dynamic guide to citing sources. The new e-book allows students to bookmark the sections they use most often, add their own examples and notes, and print any material they might need when not online. Instructors can add their own content to the e-book, including documents and images, to share with their students. "MLA Papers" is available for preview. Please note that any changes, including bookmarks and notes, will not be saved in this preview version. To request instructor access, click on the link below: http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/Login/login/loginbcs.aspx?isbn=0312472307

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 The Bedford Handbook (2006); Rules for Writers (2004); andA Pocket Style Manual (2004).

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.
University of Colorado, Denver
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
Northern Kentucky University
Tacoma Community College
Sacramento City College
Green River Community College
 Nancy GISH
University of Southern Maine
 Jacqueline GRAY
St. Charles Community College
 Barclay GREEN
Northern Kentucky University
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Daytona Beach Community College
 Kandace KNUDSON
Sacramento City College
Northern Kentucky University
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
Missouri Southern State University
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
Modesto Junior College
Community College of Denver
University of California, Santa Barbara
 Terry Myers ZAWACKI
George Mason University

Table of Contents

  C Composing and revising
    C1 Planning
    C2 Drafting
    C3 Revising
    C4 Writing paragraphs
    C5 Designing documents
  *A Academic writing
   *A1 Writing about texts
    A2 Constructing arguments
    A3 Evaluating arguments
   *A4 Writing in the disciplines
  S Sentence style
    S1 Parallelism
    S2 Needed words
    S3 Problems with modifiers
    S4 Shifts
    S5 Mixed constructions
    S6 Sentence emphasis
    S7 Sentence variety
  W Word choice
    W1 Glossary of usage
    W2 Wordy sentences
    W3 Active verbs
    W4 Appropriate language
    W5 Exact language
    W6 The dictionary and thesaurus
  G Grammatical sentences
    G1 Subject-verb agreement
    G2 Other problems with verbs
    G3 Problems with pronouns
    G4 Adjectives and adverbs
    G5 Sentence fragments
    G6 Run-on sentences
  E ESL Challenges
    E1 Verbs
    E2 Sentence structure
    E3 Articles and types of nouns
   *E4 Using adjectives
   *E5 Prepositions and idiomatic expressions
  P Punctuation
    P1 The comma
    P2 Unnecessary commas
    P3 The semicolon
    P4 The colon
    P5 The apostrophe
    P6 Quotation marks
    P7 Other marks
  M Mechanics
    M1 Spelling
    M2 The hyphen
    M3 Capitalization
    M4 Abbreviations
    M5 Numbers
    M6 Italics (Underlining)
  R Researching
    R1 Conducting Research
    R2 Evaluating sources
    R3 Managing information; avoiding plagiarism
    R4 Choosing a style of documentation
  MLA papers
    MLA-1 Supporting a thesis
    MLA-2 Avoiding plagiarism
    MLA-3 Integrating sources
    MLA-4 Documenting sources
    MLA-5 Manuscript format
  APA and CMS papers
    (coverage parallels MLA's)
    APA-1 CMS-1
    APA-2 CMS-2
    APA-3 CMS-3
    APA-4 CMS-4
    APA-5 CMS-5
  B Basic grammar
    B1 Parts of speech
    B2 Parts of sentences
    B3 Subordinate word groups
    B4 Sentence types
   * new to this edition

Rewards Program

Write a Review