Second Edition   ©2015

Writer's Help 2.0, Hacker Version (Twenty-four Month Access)

Diana Hacker (late of Prince George's Community College) , Stephen A. Bernhardt (University of Delaware)   , Nancy Sommers (Harvard University)  

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-9438-7; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-9438-7; Format: LaunchPad

Smart search. We asked 1,600 real students how they use references and how they search for help with writing problems. We built the smart search with their responses in mind—Writer's Help gives reliable results even when students aren’t familiar with composition terms and instead use terms like flow, point, or getting unstuck. It also responds to broad search terms like research and to common teacher comments like need more details. With 80,000 students now using Writer’s Help, we can build on their practices and experiences to improve the search even more.

Trusted content that’s kept up-to-date. Writer’s Help is part of the Hacker Handbooks franchise, which has helped more than 12 million college writers meet the demands of academic writing. There is no substitute for content that is easy to understand and instruction that is easy to apply, no matter what discipline the student is writing in. And because the handbook lives online, we can update search terms, content, and documentation guidelines each year.

  • Comprehensive coverage of writing, research, grammar, and style topics offers students help and advice for all of their writing questions.
  • Clear explanations and examples ensure that students can understand the advice and put it to use in their own writing.
  • Writing Guides help students with common writing assignments: analysis essays, annotated bibliographies, argument essays, reflective letters, and literacy narratives.
  • Assignable modules make it easy to integrate Writer’s Help into your course.
  • Writing in the Disciplines materials cover disciplines outside of the humanities: biology, nursing, psychology, engineering, music, and more.
  • Video tutorials familiarize students with the content and functionality of their new handbook.

Easy to assign and easy to manage separate sections or courses. Instructors using Writer’s Help can easily assign reading or activities with clear due dates and expectations. Recording grades and tracking progress—by student or by class—is simple with Writer's Help. Writer's Help also lets you create copies of your course, so you don't have to start from scratch each semester or for each section.

Adaptive exercises that engage students. Writer’s Help includes LearningCurve, game-like online quizzing that adapts to what students already know and helps them focus on what they need to learn. Links to pages in Writer’s Help provide support for students as they work through grammar and writing topics, including topics for multilingual writers.  

Writer’s Help Now Microsoft Word Add-In: Writer’s Help Now is a Microsoft Word add-in that allows students to access and search premium Writer’s Help content at the point of need and in the context of their own writing, as they are working in Microsoft Word. With Writer’s Help Now you can search where you write, get help when you need it and get right back to your writing. For more information about how to access Writer’s Help Now, check out this article in our support community.