Nancy Sommers

Testimonials


“I think it's easy to navigate and includes pertinent information to the student while still being small and easy to carry around. It's something that I believe to be a handy reference to them, particularly when working on essays that involve research and citations. It also has great examples for the grammar principles it covers.”
--Danielle Santos, North Shore Community College

“A Pocket Style Manual is both comprehensive and concise, which is difficult to achieve. I don't think I've ever found a necessary grammar or style concept that it lacked. And the examples are incredibly helpful for students. It seems "just right" in terms of size, length, price, and content. I also think the multiple style guidelines (MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE) make it a lasting resource throughout college.”
--Elizabeth Brewer, Central Connecticut State University

“A Pocket Style Manual is more than just another textbook--it's a tool for the students. When taught how to use the book like a tool, the students are empowered to be active writers. The book gives them quick and easy accessibility to grammar, mechanics, and a variety of documentation guidelines.”
--Rick Garza, Reedley College

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“Rules covers the topics we want with no frills to run up the cost to students.”
--Anne Helms, Alamance Community College

“Students give LaunchPad Solo high praise. If they love it, I love it. Is there anything more gratifying than students who are happy learning grammar?"
--Cameron Bentley, Augusta Technical College

“The instructor materials have been very helpful for the part-time faculty I supervise.”
--Ellen Olmstead, Montgomery College

“With the Writing Guides, Rules for Writers presents a concise yet comprehensive strategy for students to apply higher level thinking skills to their writing”
-- Bonnie Feeser, Hutchinson Community College

“The sentence guides for academic writers are fantastic. My community college students have so much trouble hearing the academic voice and many of them learn by doing. I would use this material as an exercise when students write their research paper.”
-- Susan Slavicz, Florida State College at Jacksonville

“Rules for Writers has been and continues to be a favorite handbook of mine. Its examples and editing strategies are comprehensive and provide great practice for students.
-- Cathy Chaney, Northern Virginia Community College

 

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"My former students tell me they consult the handbook regularly once they leave my required writing courses."
Tracy Michaels, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

"I prefer the handbook over OER because my students do. I want to use what they will use and will gain from. When students open up a book, they are ready to work. When they open up a Web browser, they are bombarded with a lot of other things."
Guy Krueger, University of Mississippi

"We have used a number of texts over the years. For the past ten years, the one that’s been used consistently and successfully in our program is A Writer’s Reference."
Andrea McCrary, Queens University of Charlotte

"What we were looking for was a centerpiece for building a culture of writing on our campus—a tool that every student, adjunct faculty member, and full-time faculty would see as a four-year investment in writing. Our custom edition of A Writer’s Reference has become that centerpiece."
John McKinnis, Buffalo State College

"Writing is the commonality that takes students through the educational experience. Whether students are writing a paper for their nursing class, building a résumé, revising a composition essay, or doing an engineering assignment, the handbook is of value to them."
Margaret Holloway, University of Alabama

"The OWL is free, but its MLA and APA sections are not as user-friendly or as detailed as these sections in A Writer’s Reference."
Elizabeth Haddox, El Paso Community College

"I love LaunchPad for the LearningCurve quizzes that allow students to move at their own pace. I see better writing from students after they work through the quizzes."
Diane Yerka, University of Minnesota, Morris

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"My former students tell me they consult the handbook regularly once they leave my required writing courses."
Tracy Michaels, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

"I prefer the handbook over OER because my students do. I want to use what they will use and will gain from. When students open up a book, they are ready to work. When they open up a Web browser, they are bombarded with a lot of other things."
Guy Krueger, University of Mississippi

"We have used a number of texts over the years. For the past ten years, the one that’s been used consistently and successfully in our program is A Writer’s Reference."
Andrea McCrary, Queens University of Charlotte

"What we were looking for was a centerpiece for building a culture of writing on our campus—a tool that every student, adjunct faculty member, and full-time faculty would see as a four-year investment in writing. Our custom edition of A Writer’s Reference has become that centerpiece."
John McKinnis, Buffalo State College

"Writing is the commonality that takes students through the educational experience. Whether students are writing a paper for their nursing class, building a résumé, revising a composition essay, or doing an engineering assignment, the handbook is of value to them."
Margaret Holloway, University of Alabama

"The OWL is free, but its MLA and APA sections are not as user-friendly or as detailed as these sections in A Writer’s Reference."
Elizabeth Haddox, El Paso Community College

"I love LaunchPad for the LearningCurve quizzes that allow students to move at their own pace. I see better writing from students after they work through the quizzes."
Diane Yerka, University of Minnesota, Morris

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“I think it's easy to navigate and includes pertinent information to the student while still being small and easy to carry around. It's something that I believe to be a handy reference to them, particularly when working on essays that involve research and citations. It also has great examples for the grammar principles it covers.”

--Danielle Santos, North Shore Community College

A Pocket Style Manual is both comprehensive and concise, which is difficult to achieve. I don't think I've ever found a necessary grammar or style concept that it lacked. And the examples are incredibly helpful for students. It seems "just right" in terms of size, length, price, and content. I also think the multiple style guidelines (MLA, APA, Chicago, CSE) make it a lasting resource throughout college.”

--Elizabeth Brewer, Central Connecticut State University

A Pocket Style Manual is more than just another textbook--it's a tool for the students. When taught how to use the book like a tool, the students are empowered to be active writers. The book gives them quick and easy accessibility to grammar, mechanics, and a variety of documentation guidelines.”

--Rick Garza, Reedley College

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The Bedford Handbook is such a comprehensive text, it helps us achieve all of the course goals of Composition 1 and 2: drafting and developing essays, writing persuasively, responding to readings, writing well-documented research papers, and more.” –Lisa Shaw, Miami Dade College
 
“One challenge for my students is understanding that revision is not a sign of weakness but a good use of time. The Bedford Handbook does a nice job of emphasizing the benefits of revision.” –Jan Geyer, Hudson Valley Community College
 
“I’m impressed with LaunchPad. It’s easier to navigate and easier to integrate than other products.” –Tiffany Mitchell, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
 
“We use LearningCurve. Students love it. In fact, they look forward to it.”   —Laura Ellis-Lai, Texas State University
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This little book is packed with useful information for novice and seasoned writers."
Elizabeth Joseph, Tarrant County College
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"One thing I felt was a helpful tool was the writing handbook. It helped me get an idea on how my writing should look for different prompts and it helped out the most on my citing. I will keep my handbook throughout college for sure. I used it for every paper I wrote this semester in all my classes, even in civil engineering."
--Scott Wedgeworth, Merrimack College

"I like the affordability, accessibility, and convenience of Rules for Writers. This little book is packed with useful information for novice and seasoned writers."
--Elizabeth Joseph, Tarrant County College

"I like its price, its length, and the fact that it has very little excess in its explanations."
--Marylynne Diggs, Clark College
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My tutors all use A Writer’s Reference as they work with students in all disciplines. It is the only handbook I feel confident about, and it's the one we recommend and refer to all the time.
Phyllis Benay, Director, Center for Writing, Keene State College
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My tutors all use A Writer’s Reference as they work with students in all disciplines. It is the only handbook I feel confident about, and it's the one we recommend and refer to all the time.
Phyllis Benay, Director, Center for Writing, Keene State College

Why do I still require a handbook? I like everyone having the same materials to work with—a common language for all students to use.
Maria Ramos, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

The common handbook, A Writer’s Reference, is useful as a campus-wide tool. The handbook helps us have conversations about argument, premises, evidence, and authority not only with our students but also with our colleagues.
Shevaun Donelli O'Connell, Buffalo State College

I appreciate the instructor support and guidance.
Sundi Rose-Holt, Columbus State University

I like that I have been able to customize the book with my own course materials.
Vicki Hendricks, Broward College

The integrated media will reinforce the instruction I do in the classroom, engage my students outside of the classroom, and provide additional help with whatever they are having trouble with.
Christian Horlick, Virginia Commonwealth University
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I’ve asked my students why they like this book. The consensus seems to be very positive overall; they say it’s clearly written, and they appreciate that it doesn’t ‘take forever’ to get to the main point.
Hillary Adams, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Handy size, attractive format. Clear, concise content. Thorough coverage of needed elements. Easy to navigate. Helpful index, glossary of usage, and checklists. A very useful book.
Robert Hamblin, Southeast Missouri State University

The book is easy to use, organized effectively so that students can flip to what they need. I myself have used it for papers and quick references.
Sinduja Sathiyaseelan, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

A Pocket Style Manual is affordable and gives a strong, quick overview of the fundamentals of writing. It’s ideal for use in introductory interdisciplinary courses because it isn’t intimidating and it can be kept as a quick reference for students in most academic fields.
Shawna Lesseur, University of Connecticut
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This little book is packed with useful information for novice and seasoned writers."
Elizabeth Joseph, Tarrant County College
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"I am impressed with the amount of detail in such a small book! A Pocket Style Manual, APA Version, is an excellent resource for writing in APA style."
– Roxanna Austin, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

"A Pocket Style Manual, APA Version, provides reference and understandable explanations for students. It also serves as a ‘reinforcing voice’ for what they hear in class and read in the APA Manual."
– Joyce Adams, Brigham Young University

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"I get the information I need easily, and it makes me a better writer. The Bedford Handbook answers all the nagging questions I have in the middle of the night."

—Lezlie Lee-French, Student, University of California, San Marcos
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"I encourage the use of The Bedford Handbook as a ‘go to’ resource for every step of the writing process and for every writing experience a student is facing, even beyond the English classroom."

—Marsha Cline, Central New Mexico Community College

"Having integrated print and digital content will engage students."

—Regina Dilgen, Palm Beach State College

"There is useful material in the handbook for all my courses, not just English. I’m a psychology major, and we use APA style, so I do expect to use the book throughout college."

—Jacquethia Robinson, Student, Georgia Gwinnet College
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"It seems to me that this book is needed more than ever. As colleges tighten budgets to meet fiscal exigencies, faculty are being asked to be more productive and efficient — that is, to teach even more students — than in the past. How, then, do faculty who are committed to the teaching of writing continue to assign papers knowing the tremendous work required? Sommers’s approach seems grounded in the reality of the 21st-century writing classroom."

— Howard Tinberg, Bristol Community College

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"I love Sommers’s call to focus on the broad purpose of commenting rather than the minutiae of corrections. The overall message of Responding to Student Writers is fresh and relevant — an important reminder to reflect and revisit our role in the revision process."

— Jill Kronstadt, Montgomery College

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