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The Elements of Style, 4th Edition (Strunk & White)

This is the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered. This book's unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of "the little book" to make a big impact with writing.



A Writer’s Reference, 8th Edition (Hacker & Sommers)

This classic tabbed handbook is available in a version that conveniently includes nearly one hundred integrated exercise sets for plenty of practice with the grammar, style, punctuation, and mechanics topics offered in the handbook. The answers to some items appear in the back of the book.



Rules for Writers, 8th Edition (Hacker & Sommers)

Rules for Writers is a college writer's companion that covers writing, grammar, research, and documentation in an extremely affordable and portable spiral-bound format. The seventh edition actually teaches students how to make better use of their handbook. With new material about how to integrate the handbook into lessons and class activities, Rules for Writers is an even more useful tool for instructors.



A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 8th Edition (Turabian)

The Manual for Writers continues to be the gold standard for generations of college and graduate students in virtually all academic disciplines. Now in its eighth edition, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations has been fully revised to meet the needs of today’s writers and researchers.



Student's Guide to Writing College Papers, 4th Edition (Turabian)

Students all need to know how to write a well-reasoned, coherent research paper – and for decades Kate Turabian’s Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers has helped them to develop this critical skill. The book introduces students to the art of defining a topic, doing high-quality research with limited resources, and writing an engaging and solid college paper.



Reading Critically, Writing Well, 11th Edition

With more critical reading coverage than any other composition reader, Reading Critically, Writing Well helps students read for meaning and read like a writer, and it guides them to use what they've learned in their writing. Each of the book’s assignment chapters includes a specific guide to reading that challenges students to analyze the authors’ techniques as well as a step-by-step guide to writing and revising that helps them apply these techniques.



They Say, I say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, 3rd Edition

Identifies the key rhetorical moves in academic writing, showing students how to frame their arguments in the larger context of what others have said and providing templates to help them make those moves. Because these moves are central across all disciplines, the book includes chapters on writing in the sciences, writing in the social sciences, and writing about literature.



The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition

The Chicago Manual of Style is the authoritative, trusted source that writers, editors, and publishers turn to for guidance on style and process. For the sixteenth edition, every aspect of coverage has been reconsidered to reflect how publishing professionals work today. Though processes may change, the Manual continues to offer the clear, well-considered style and usage advice it has for more than a century.



MLA Handbook, 8th Edition

Shorter and redesigned for easy use, the eighth edition of theMLA Handbookguides writers through the principles behind evaluating sources for their research. It then shows them how to cite sources in their writing and create useful entries for the works-cited list.



Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioral sciences. It provides invaluable guidance on all aspects of the writing process, from the ethics of authorship to the word choice that best reduces bias in language.