Pocket Style Manual
Ninth Edition| ©2021 Diana Hacker; Nancy Sommers
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Available for the first time with Macmillan's new online learning tool, Achieve, A Pocket Style Manual provides practical advice for any level of college writing. Straightforward instruction on grammar, style, and punctuation gives students quick answers to their writing questions. Step-by-step guides and a how-to approach to research writing help students form research questions, integrate sources, and more. Coverage of and numerous citation models for four different styles teach students how to cite by example. No matter where they are in the writing process--or their college careers--students will find exactly what they need in this easy-to-read, easy-to-navigate handbook.
- Straightforward grammar, style, punctuation, and mechanics coverage
- Guidelines for four major documentation styles--MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE--with 243 citation models, including 2020 APA guidelines
- How-to research writing instruction, including step-by-step guides and two new sample research papers
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- Achieve with A Pocket Style Manual puts student writing and revision at the core of your course, with a dedicated composition space that guides students through drafting, peer review, source check, reflection, and revision. Developed to support best practices in commenting on student drafts, Achieve is a flexible, integrated suite of tools for designing and facilitating writing assignments, paired with actionable insights that make students’ progress towards outcomes clear and measurable. Fully editable pre-built assignments support the book’s approach, and an e-book is included. “At a glance” pages point students to quick help on everything from prepositions to signal phrases.
- New guides to research writing, with topics including integrating quotations and detecting false or misleading sources, advise students on working with sources.
- Also available: Pocket Style Manual with Exercises, a new version of the book with additional practice for style, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics, gives students opportunities to strengthen their writing skills.
“A Pocket Style Manual is for the student what a multi-function pocket knife is to the survivalist—a compact, versatile, and practical tool. It’s the one textbook a student can rely on for their college career.”
-Rick Garza, Reedley College
“This is the most useful handbook I have used in thirty years of teaching. It provides the information students need without overwhelming them. It is easy on the pocketbook as well.” -Pam Stone, North Arkansas College
Pocket Style Manual
Ninth Edition| ©2021
Diana Hacker; Nancy Sommers
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Table of ContentsClarity
1 Tighten wordy sentences.
2 Prefer active verbs.
3 Balance parallel ideas.
4 Add needed words.
5 Eliminate distracting 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 Consider grammar topics for multilingual writers.
17 The comma
18 The semicolon and the colon
19 The apostrophe
20 Quotation marks
21 Other punctuation marks
23 Abbreviations, numbers, and italics
25 Posing a research question
26 Finding appropriate sources
27 Managing information; avoiding plagiarism
28 Evaluating sources
29 Supporting a thesis
30 Avoiding plagiarism
31 Integrating sources
32 Integrating literary quotations
33 MLA documentation style
34 MLA format; sample research paper
35 Supporting a thesis
36 Avoiding plagiarism
37 Integrating sources
38 APA documentation style
39 APA format; sample research paper
40 Supporting a thesis
41 Avoiding plagiarism
42 Integrating sources
43 Chicago documentation style
44 Chicago format; sample pages
45 CSE documentation style
46 CSE format
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