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

Four books in one offer comprehensiveness, flexibility, and a real value. The book's writing guide, reader, research manual, and handbook have each been carefully and individually developed to offer excellent coverage—at a great value.

A Writer's Guide: A process-oriented rhetoric that links good writing with active reading and critical thinking. Nine assignment chapters guide students step by step through a full range of common first-year writing assignments. Each main assignment chapter includes two model readings: the first by a professional writer, the second by a student. In LaunchPad, these chapters also include multimodal readings, including video essays and audio interviews. Additional chapters present practical strategies for mastering every stage of the writing process and for responding to literature, using and understanding visuals, writing online, writing for assessment, and writing in the workplace.

A Writer's Reader: A thematic reader that provides engaging opportunities for critical reading and writing. The 24 readings (half of them new) appear in five thematically arranged chapters: Families, Gender, Popular Culture, Language, and The Good Life. Within each chapter, two of the essays are paired to show how different writers address similar issues.

A Writer's Research Manual: A guide that gives students the help they need to complete all types of research assignments, including proposals, source evaluations, annotated bibliographies, and full-length papers. These chapters guide students through locating and evaluating sources as well as developing a strong thesis and planning, drafting, and revising their papers. The manual gives special attention to synthesis, with an innovative "Take Action" chart focusing on how to integrate and synthesize sources. Chapters on MLA and APA provide the latest documentation guidelines and full sample student papers. The research manual has been updated to reflect current best practices, gathered through an in-depth survey of academic librarians. All versions of the book also include a "Quick Research Guide" in the appendix.

A Writer's Handbook: The most complete handbook of its kind –with plenty of exercises. This handy reference includes clear explanations of grammar, style, and usage, extensive coverage for multilingual students, as well as approximately 50 exercise sets in the book, with more available online. A "Quick Editing Guide" – located in the appendix of all versions of the book—gives special attention to the most troublesome grammar and editing problems.