A Writer's Reference with 2009 MLA Update
by Diana Hacker
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A Writer’s Reference is the most widely adopted college handbook ever published. The new edition is available in a classic version that provides more help with academic writing, serves a wider range of multilingual students, and lends more support for college research — all in an easy-to-us
Paperback, 512 pages
Published July 6th 2009 by Bedford/St. Martin's
(first published 1989)
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Jun 12, 2014 Doug added it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who Writes
This is hands down the best reference I've ever used! It covers everything a writer needs in an easy to find, tabbed system. The copy I have is a Used Rental from the campus bookstore, but I'm hoping I can afford to keep it once the semester is ended. If I can't afford it right away, I am definitely buying a new one as soon as I have the money! This text is a Must-Have!
These reference books are all pretty much the same. I've seen dozens (publishers always send professors text books in hopes they'll adopt them for their classes) and they're all pretty much the same. Major points of difference are completness and ease of use. This is a good one for that. Besides, Hacker is a classic.
Like I said, they're all pretty much the same. But, once again, if you don't know most of this stuff . . . do. Especailly if you're a writer. But even readers can increase their comprehension, vocabulary / diction, etc. Good standard stuff to have lying around the house. Get it.
Mar 22, 2009 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I've had Ms. Hacker's book for over 10 years (an earlier edition) and I absolutely love it! Well organized and extremely helpful...it has saved my rear on countless occasions. It occupies a prominent spot in my book shelves.
Aug 04, 2008 Charmless rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who reads and writes in English.
Recommended to Charmless by: A professor from college
This has been my grammar bible since college. (Well, the one I had in college, in the early to mid '90s, was a much older edition.) Hacker's product is a very user-friendly reference book.