The Bedford Guide for College Writers with Reader, Research Manual, and Handbook
Eleventh Edition   ©2017

The Bedford Guide for College Writers with Reader, Research Manual, and Handbook

X. J. Kennedy , Dorothy M. Kennedy , Marcia F. Muth (University of Colorado at Denver)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-03959-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03959-2; Format: Paper Text, 930 pages

New emphasis on reflection The eleventh edition offers a framework to help students reflect on their progress as writers and to develop a deeper awareness of their processes that they can carry with them as they move into future courses and the workplace. This framework includes:

  • A new section in Chapter 3 called "Thinking Critically about Your Own Writing:  Self-Reflection" introduces the concept and includes a sample student reflection with questions for analysis, as well a series of reflection prompts students to which students can return as they complete assignments in the book.
  • Reviewing & Reflecting activities in Parts Two and Three of Book One. This feature begins in the book and is continued online in the LaunchPad, with reflection prompts specific to the chapter assignment and an autoscored chapter comprehension assessment.
  • An increased number of reflection-focused Learning by Doing activities appear throughout the book, including one built around an error log in the handbook.

Guidance on Writing across the Disciplines Chapter 24 has been revamped to provided advice on writing successfully in a variety of disciplines, including the sciences, nursing, the arts, business, education, history, and psychology.  A new student paper from a psychology student offers a real example of how to transfer writing skills into a major.

A New Chapter on Language in A Writer's Reader Half of the readings in the Bedford Guide are new, including three new student essays. In the reader, a new thematic chapter on language mixes favorites by Amy Tan and Richard Rodriguez with new selections on current topics, such as trigger warnings.

A More Flexible Research Manual The research manual now offers more models and sample assignments, as well as advice for the wider range of research assignments that students commonly complete, such as annotated bibliographies, source evaluations, and research proposals, in addition to full-length research paper. The manual also includes updated instruction on citing sources according to MLA's updated 2016 guidelines.

Basic Grammar Coverage in A Writer's Handbook Featuring a useful new design, the handbook also opens with a new chapter covering parts of speech; subjects; verbs, objects, and complements; clauses and phrases; and sentence structures.

Expanded Assessment Options and new Activities in LaunchPad In addition to the Reviewing & Reflecting activities mentioned above, LaunchPad for The Bedford Guide also includes customizable, autoscored reading quizzes for every reading selection in A Writer's Guide and A Writer's Reader; diagnostic quizzes; an expanded set of LearningCurve adaptive quizzing activities on grammar, argument, source documentation, and other topics; and Exercise Central, a bank of searchable and customizable grammar, punctuation, style, writing, and research exercises.