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
Teaches a process for reading critically. Because reading is the foundation of every college research and writing assignment, the handbook teaches students a practical process for reading traditional and multimodal texts, research sources, their own work, and the work of their peers critically and reflectively.

Helps writers understand genre expectations. Five new writing guides support students as they compose common assignments: argument essays, analytical essays, annotated bibliographies, reflective cover letters, and literacy narratives. These guides provide step-by-step guidance and lay a foundation for writing in multiple disciplines.

Fosters authority and responsibility in college researchers. Substantially revised chapters teach students to find an entry point in a debate and develop authority as a researcher. New advice on writing a research proposal gives practical help that’s useful across the curriculum. And because some sources are difficult to cite, new how-to boxes address authorship and new types of sources such as course materials and reposted Web content.

Introduces multimodal analysis and speech. A new chapter about reading and writing about multimodal texts introduces new genres and practical strategies for analysis. The emphasis on understanding and composing in new genres aligns the book more closely with the goals of writing programs and the 2014 WPA outcomes. New coverage of public speaking helps students adapt a written text for a live audience.

Offers new paraphrasing strategies for multilingual/ESL writers. New content includes advice about paraphrasing sources effectively. A new chapter moves students away from the practice of word-by-word substitution and offers strategies for understanding and presenting another writer's meaning.

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