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Rules For Writers: A Brief Handbook

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  321 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
When students routinely use their handbook in the course, they see its value, find that it’s a faster way to get answers than search engines like Google, learn to rely on it as a reference, and are more likely to achieve the goals of the course. And when that handbook is Rules for Writers, you can be sure the advice they find is practical and reliable—with help for composi ...more
Spiral Bound, 555 pages
Published December 2000 by Bedford/St. Martin's (first published January 1st 1985)
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Adrienna
Since I am back in school, this is a great resource tool and refresher. I also review some things to help with my writing via novels/books.

For one of my past novels, late 90s, I was known for danglers in my writings; hoping I can find them and do the necessary revisions in the future. Over the years, I think my writing abilities and skills have not mastered but definitely grown. I also have proofread past clients projects. Therefore, this is a great tool to review or find what you are looking fo
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Jessica
Jan 01, 2008 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I didn't like the format of this MLA format handbook and I found it hard to look up the information I needed. I would just get the MLA format handbook instead.
Sarah
Oct 21, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-writing
I had to be a smartass and add this since it's required for like 4 classes!
Daniel
Nov 15, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extremely helpful book of English. Any college student (and high school student) will definitely need this book for the rest of the student lives. This hand book can help students from writing good to writing research papers.
As a college student myself, this book has come in handy since the first day of class. I really wished I had this book when I was in high school. Using proper MLA in research papers was something I always struggled with, but with this hand book, I have infinite knowledge
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Rob Charpentier
Yes, yes, helpful as well as essential...but equally despised and loathed in my book. If you're anything like me, the act of dissecting language can ruin ones love for it. However, I feel that if you want to ignore and break all the literary rules it makes sense to learn them first. An unfortunate and unenviable task, I know! It does of course come in handy for times when you've no choice but to adhere to the rules as well. I try to forget everything in this book but then find it necessary to ke ...more
Kristine
Dec 05, 2015 Kristine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still refer to this book today
Sarah
Apr 29, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students and writers
Recommended to Sarah by: Vermont College
This is the best grammar book I've ever seen. It covers all aspects of grammar and includes clear explanations and examples. In addition, this book gives guidelines to writing papers, and the basics of MLA notation. Exercises are included with each topic. A website is a companion to the book and contains more exercises and discusses issues and controversies about grammar.
Muhammad Rashid
Mar 31, 2013 Muhammad Rashid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jeffrey
Jun 24, 2008 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Used this one too. But I don't like it anymore. The layout, feel, design are kind of old school. It needs updating. Content's OK, though.
Sara
It's useful if you can manage to locate what you're looking for. I always get lost trying to look things up in here.
Krissi Bryant
Dec 11, 2012 Krissi Bryant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Didn't use as much during the semester, but its helpful when using MLA format (which is what we used all semester)
Wendy
Oct 16, 2007 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The primary grammar book that I've used for more than a decade. (Every writer needs at least one!)
Kendra
Not the best academic writing handbook I've ever owned, but it gets the job done.
Samantha
Mar 07, 2008 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indispensable at college, mostly useful for bibliographies.
Clare Cannon
Steubenville recommends
Jessica Perry
Helpful reference.
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