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A Writer's Reference (1989)

by Diana Hacker

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Click here to find out more about the 2009 MLA updates and the 2010 APA updates .   A Writer’s Referenceis the most widely adopted college handbook ever published. The new edition is available in a classic version that provides more help with academic writing, serves a wider range of multilingual students, and lends more support for college research — all in an easy-to-use quick-reference format. Now for all the ways you teach your course, you can choose the classic version or choose from among 4 additional versions with varied content. A Writer’s Reference with Exercisesis tailor-made for classroom use or for additional grammar practice with 86 integrated exercise sets. A Writer’s Reference with Writing in the Disciplinesprovides help for college writing beyond composition with advice and models in six academic disciplines. A Writer’s Reference with Writing about Literatureincludes an entire tabbed section on interpreting and writing about works of literature, with two annotated student essays. A Writer’s Reference with Extra Help for ESL Writersincludes an entire tabbed section for nonnative speakers of English; it offers targeted advice and strategies for college writing and research.… (more)
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I initially bought this back in 2011 thinking I was going to need it for some college courses. Turns out I didn't.

But, as a "writer", I found it to be quite the indispensable tool and still use it as of today. I keep it on my bookshelf right by me. It's great for bloggers, writers, and students.

The "tabs" provide easy access for the sections you might need: composing/reviewing; academic writing; sentence style; word choice; word choice; grammatical sentences; ESL challenges; punctuation; mechanics; research; MLA (Modern Language Association) citations; APA/CMS (American Psychological Association)/(Chicago Manual of Style) citations; and basic grammar.

It can function not only as a textbook of sorts as well as reference for any kind of writing: creative, letters, blogs, or academic papers.

This is one of the rare reference novels I take with me on vacations in case I want to do some writing.

Of course, I should probably get a more recent version, this book is still in great shape. ( )
  medwards429 | Feb 9, 2020 |
Comprehensive grammar and punctuation guide to the English language. ( )
  harrietbrown | Oct 22, 2017 |
I found this extremely useful when I first began writing in college. ( )
  Stephen_Bruce | Sep 28, 2017 |
Recommended for anyone who writes for school or professionally. ( )
  sturlington | Jul 12, 2016 |
Excellent My real desktop companion for 20 years ( )
  haikupatriot | Nov 28, 2015 |
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Diana Hackerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Sommers, Nancy I.main authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carbajal Van Horn, MarcyContributing ESL Specialistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Click here to find out more about the 2009 MLA updates and the 2010 APA updates .   A Writer’s Referenceis the most widely adopted college handbook ever published. The new edition is available in a classic version that provides more help with academic writing, serves a wider range of multilingual students, and lends more support for college research — all in an easy-to-use quick-reference format. Now for all the ways you teach your course, you can choose the classic version or choose from among 4 additional versions with varied content. A Writer’s Reference with Exercisesis tailor-made for classroom use or for additional grammar practice with 86 integrated exercise sets. A Writer’s Reference with Writing in the Disciplinesprovides help for college writing beyond composition with advice and models in six academic disciplines. A Writer’s Reference with Writing about Literatureincludes an entire tabbed section on interpreting and writing about works of literature, with two annotated student essays. A Writer’s Reference with Extra Help for ESL Writersincludes an entire tabbed section for nonnative speakers of English; it offers targeted advice and strategies for college writing and research.

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