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A Pocket Style Manual, APA Version


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Writing Papers in APA Style 1 Writing college papers in APA style 2 Understanding APA conventions 3 Posing questions to start a paper 4 Finding appropriate sources 5 Evaluating sources 6 Managing information; avoiding plagiarism 7 Supporting a thesis 8 Avoiding plagiarism 9 Integrating sources Formatting Papers in APA Style 10 Parts of a paper in APA style 11 APA paper format 12 Sample pages from papers in APA style Documenting Sources in APA Style 13 APA in-text citations 14 APA list of references 15 APA notes Clarity 16 Wordy sentences. 17 Active verbs 18 Parallelism 19 Needed words 20 Shifts 21 Mixed constructions 22 Misplaced and dangling modifiers 23 Sentence variety 24 Appropriate voice Grammar 25 Subject-verb agreement 26 Other problems with verbs 27 Pronouns (agreement, reference, case) 28 Adjectives and adverbs 29 Sentence fragments 30 Run-on sentences 31 Grammar for multilingual writers Punctuation 32 The comma 33 The semicolon and the colon 34 The apostrophe 35 Quotation marks 36 Other marks Mechanics 37 Capitalization 38 Abbreviations 39 Numbers 40 Italics 41 Spelling 42 Hyphenation Appendices Glossary of usage Glossary of grammatical terms Visiting the writing center Checklist for global revision Index Documentation directories List of sample pages from student papers Revision symbols

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Diana Hacker personally class-tested her handbooks with nearly four thousand students over thirty-five years at Prince George's Community College in Maryland, where she was a member of the English faculty. Hacker handbooks, built on innovation and on a keen understanding of the challenges facing student writers, are the most widely adopted in America. Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin's, include The Bedford Handbook, Ninth Edition (2014); A Writer's Reference, Eighth Edition (2015); Rules for Writers, Eighth Edition (2016); and A Pocket Style Manual, Seventh Edition (2015). Nancy Sommers, who has taught composition and directed composition programs for thirty years, now teaches writing and mentors new writing teachers at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. She led Harvard's Expository Writing Program for twenty years, directing the first-year writing program and establishing Harvard's WAC program. A two-time Braddock Award winner, Sommers is well known for her research and publications on student writing. Her articles "Revision Strategies of Student and Experienced Writers" and "Responding to Student Writing" are two of the most widely read and anthologized articles in the field of composition. Her recent work involves a longitudinal study of college writing to understand the role writing plays in undergraduate education. Sommers is the lead author on Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin's, and is coauthor of Fields of Reading, Tenth Edition (2013).


"I am impressed with the amount of detail in such a small book! A Pocket Style Manual, APA Version, is an excellent resource for writing in APA style." - Roxanna Austin, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University "A Pocket Style Manual, APA Version, provides reference and understandable explanations for students. It also serves as a 'reinforcing voice' for what they hear in class and read in the APA Manual." - Joyce Adams, Brigham Young University

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