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In the Hacker tradition, the new contributing authors — Nancy Sommers, Tom Jehn, Jane Rosenzweig, and Marcy Carbajal Van Horn — have crafted solutions for the challenges todays college students face. Together they give us a new edition that provides more help with research writing and one that works better for a wider range of students.
About the Author
personally class-tested her handbooks with nearly four thousand students over 35 years at Prince Georges 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. Martins, include The Bedford Handbook,
Seventh Edition (2006); A Writers Reference,
Sixth Edition (2007); and A Pocket Style Manual,
Fifth Edition (2008).
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS
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 recent work involves a longitudinal study of undergraduate writing. Nancy Sommers is co-author of Fields of Reading, Eighth Edition (2007) for Bedford/St. Martins.
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.
JANE ROSENZWEIG 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.
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 some 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. Choose adjectives and adverbs with care.
14. Repair sentence fragments.
15. Revise run-on sentences.
16. If English is not your native language, check for common ESL problems.
17. The comma
18. The semicolon and the colon
19. The apostrophe
20. Quotation marks
21. Other marks
23. Abbreviations, numbers, and italics (underlining)
24. Spelling and the hyphen
25. Finding print and online sources
26. Evaluating sources
27. Supporting a thesis
28. Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism
29. Integrating nonfiction sources
30. Integrating literary quotations
31. MLA documentation style
32. MLA manuscript format; sample MLA pages
33. Supporting a thesis
34. Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism
35. Integrating sources
36. APA documentation style
37. APA manuscript format; sample APA pages
38. Supporting a thesis
39. Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism
40. Integrating sources
41. Chicago documentation style
42. Chicago manuscript format; sample Chicago pages
43. Glossary of usage
44. Glossary of grammatical terms
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