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A Pocket Style Manual

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Used by nearly a quarter million students each year, A Pocket Style Manual is a straightforward, inexpensive quick reference, with content flexible enough to suit the needs of writers in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, health professions, business, fine arts, education, and beyond. Its slim format, brief length, and spiral binding make it easy for students to keep A Pocket Style Manual with them for every writing assignment, in any class. With its signature Hacker handbook quick-reference features—hand-edited sentences, color-coded documentation coverage, user-friendly index entries, and a clean, uncluttered design—A Pocket Style Manual has always provided fast, effective answers to writing and research questions.
In the Hacker tradition, new coauthor Nancy Sommers has crafted solutions for the challenges todays college students face. The new edition provides even more help with research writing and supports students in every discipline. Read the preface.

About the Author

DIANA HACKER personally class-tested her handbooks with nearly four thousand students over 35 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. Other Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin's, include Rules for Writers, Seventh Edition, A Writers Reference, Seventh Edition; and The Bedford Handbook, Eighth Edition.


NANCY SOMMERS, who has taught composition and directed composition programs for thirty years, now teaches writing in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. A two-time Braddock Award winner, Sommers is well known for her research and publications on student writing. Her recent work involves a longitudinal study of undergraduate writing. Nancy Sommers is coauthor of Fields of Reading, Ninth Edition and is lead author on Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin's.

Table of Contents

1 Tighten wordy sentences.
2 Prefer active verbs.
3 Balance parallel ideas.
4 Add needed words.
5 Eliminate confusing shifts.
6 Untangle mixed constructions.
7 Repair misplaced and dangling modifiers.
8 Provide sentence variety.
9 Find an appropriate voice.


10 Make subjects and verbs agree.
11 Be alert to other problems with verbs.
12 Use pronouns with care.
13 Use adjectives and adverbs appropriately.


14 Repair sentence fragments.

15 Revise run-on sentences.
16 Review grammar concerns for multilingual writers.
17 The comma
18 The semicolon and the colon
19 The apostrophe
20 Quotation marks
21 Other marks
22 Capitalization
23 Abbreviations, numbers, and italics
24 Spelling and the hyphen


25 Posing a research question
26 Finding appropriate sources
27 Evaluating sources

(*new feature on scholarly vs. popular sources)

28 Managing information; avoiding plagiarism

(*new chapter including sample annotated bibliography and chart on avoiding plagiarism)

MLA Papers

29 Supporting a thesis
30 Avoiding plagiarism
31 Integrating nonfiction sources

(*new coverage of synthesis)

32 Integrating literary quotations
33 MLA documentation style

(*new annotated documentation models)

34 MLA manuscript format; sample pages

APA Papers

35 Supporting a thesis
36 Avoiding plagiarism
37 Integrating sources
38 APA documentation style

(*new annotated documentation models)

39 APA manuscript format; sample pages

Chicago Papers

40 Supporting a thesis
41 Avoiding plagiarism
42 Integrating sources
43 Chicago documentation style
44 Chicago manuscript format; sample pages

CSE Papers

(*two new chapters)

45 CSE documentation style

46 CSE manuscript format


47 Glossary of usage
48 Glossary of grammatical terms

Charts and lists for quick reference

Checklist for global revision

Visiting the writing center

Revision symbols

Product Details

Bedford Books
Composition & Creative Writing
Sommers, Nancy
Hacker, Diana
Publication Date:
Spiral, comb or coil bound book
8.563 x 4.125 in

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