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A Pocket Style Manual / Edition 8

A Pocket Style Manual / Edition 8

by Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
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Be prepared for whatever college writing throws at you with the step-by-step advice of the Pocket Style Manual. These tips can be applied to writing in any course to help you succeed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781319057404
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Edition description: Eighth Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 10,182
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Diana Hacker personally class-tested her handbooks with nearly four thousand students over thirty-five years at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, where she was a member of the English faculty. Hacker handbooks, built on innovation and on a keen understanding of the challenges facing student writers, are the most widely adopted in America. Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin’s, include The Bedford Handbook, Ninth Edition (2014); A Writer’s Reference, Eighth Edition (2015); Rules for Writers, Seventh Edition (2012); and A Pocket Style Manual, Seventh Edition (2015).
Nancy Sommers, who has taught composition and directed composition programs for thirty years, now teaches writing and mentors new writing teachers at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.  She led Harvard’s Expository Writing Program for twenty years, directing the first-year writing program and establishing Harvard’s WAC program. 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 and anthologized articles in the field of composition.  Her recent work involves a longitudinal study of college writing to understand the role writing plays in undergraduate education. Sommers is the lead author on Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin’s, and is coauthor of Fields of Reading, Ninth Edition (2010).


Table of Contents

1.Tighten wordy sentences2
2.Prefer active verbs3
3.Balance parallel ideas5
4.Add needed words7
5.Eliminate confusing shifts8
6.Untangle mixed constructions10
7.Repair misplaced and dangling modifiers11
8.Provide some variety14
9.Find an appropriate voice16
10.Make subjects and verbs agree21
11.Be alert to other problems with verbs25
12.Use pronouns with care32
13.Choose adjectives and adverbs with care40
14.Repair sentence fragments42
15.Revise run-on sentences45
16.If English is not your native language, check for common ESL problems48
17.The comma57
18.The semicolon and the colon65
19.The apostrophe69
20.Quotation marks71
21.Other marks75
23.Abbreviations, numbers, and italics (underlining)83
24.Spelling and the hyphen88
Research Sources93
25.Finding print and online sources94
26.Evaluating library and Internet sources101
MLA Papers105
27.Supporting a thesis106
28.Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism109
29.Integrating nonfiction sources112
30.Integrating literary quotations118
31.MLA documentation style122
32.MLA manuscript format138
Sample MLA pages140
APA Papers142
33.Supporting a thesis143
34.Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism144
35.Integrating sources148
36.APA documentation style153
37.APA manuscript format161
Sample APA pages165
Chicago-Style Papers168
38.Supporting a thesis169
39.Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism170
40.Integrating sources174
41.Chicago documentation style178
42.Chicago manuscript format189
Sample Chicago pages191
43.Glossary of usage196
44.Glossary of grammatical terms206
A List of Style Manuals214
A Writer's Online Resources217
Checklist for Global Revisions
Revision Symbols

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