Eighth Edition   ©2016

A Writer's Reference with 2016 MLA Update

Diana Hacker (late of Prince George's Community College) , Nancy Sommers (Harvard University)  

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-08353-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-08353-3; Format: Comb Bound, 624 pages
The handbook speaks to everything student writers need. Even the most popular search engines can’t give students the confidence that comes with a comprehensive, everything-in-one-place resource. A Writer’s Reference supports students as they compose for different purposes and audiences and in a variety of genres and as they collaborate, revise, conduct research, document sources, format their writing, and edit for clarity.

It’s easy to use and easy to understand. The explanations in A Writer’s Reference are brief, accessible, and illustrated by examples. The book’s many charts, checklists, tabs, menus, and directories are designed to help users find what they need quickly. And the user-friendly index includes both expert (coherence, ellipsis) and nonexpert (flow, dots) terminology.

It’s coherent, authoritative, and trustworthy. Writing-related resources on the Web offer information, but they don’t offer instruction. With the eighth edition of A Writer’s Reference, students have reference content that has been class-tested by literally millions of students and instructors.

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