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FORMAT   >

The Bedford Handbook
Ninth Edition (2014)

Rules for Writers
Seventh Edition (2012)

A Writer's Reference
see versions
Eighth Edition (2015)

A Pocket Style Manual
see versions
Seventh Edition (2015)

Length 912 pages 672 pages 608 pages 320 pages
Binding Cloth and paper Spiral Comb Spiral
Tabbed dividers No Available in alternate version Yes No
Color Full color 2-color Full color Full color
Electronic version available Launch Pad,
E-book to Go
PDF e-book (multiple formats)
E-book to Go
PDF e-book (multiple formats) Companion Web site hackerhandbooks.com/rules
Launch Pad
E-book to Go
PDF e-book (multiple formats)
Launch Pad Solo
E-book to Go
PDF e-book (multiple formats)
         
REFERENCE FEATURES   >

The Bedford Handbook
Ninth Edition (2014)

Rules for Writers
Seventh Edition (2012)

A Writer's Reference
see versions
Eighth Edition (2015)

A Pocket Style Manual
see versions
Seventh Edition (2015)

Hand-edited sentences Yes Yes Yes Yes
Page design that highlights crucial information Yes Yes Yes Yes
Clear writing and friendly tone Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tutorials for students In the LaunchPad (hackerhnadbooks.com/bedhandbook) Available at hackerhandbooks.com/rules In LaunchPad (hackerhandbooks.com/writersref) No
Keyword navigation at top of page Yes Yes Yes Yes
Index students can understand Yes (see entries for dots, flow) Yes (see entries for dots, flow) Yes (see entries for dots, flow) Yes (see entries for dots, flow)

CONTENT   >

The Bedford Handbook
Ninth Edition (2014)

Rules for Writers
Seventh Edition (2012)

A Writer's Reference
see versions
Eighth Edition (2015)

A Pocket Style Manual
see versions
Seventh Edition (2015)

Writing Process pp. 11-49, pp. 57-65 Sections 1-4 (pp. 1-23, 23-35, 35-50, 50-68) Sections C1 - C3 No
Advice for revising with teachers'/tutors' comments pp. 51-57 examples: p. 30, p. 67 p. 92, p. 94, p. 472 Sections C3-a p.307
Writing Activities In LaunchPad (hackerhandbooks.com/bedhandbook) examples: pp. 70-71, p. 83, p. 88, p. 93, p. 426 In Launch Pad (hackerhandbooks.com/writersref) No
Argument pp. 141-175 Section 6 (pp. 84-102) & Section 7 (pp. 102-10) Sections A2 & A3 (pp.78-100) No
Writing Guides Literacy narrative: pp. 78-79
Reflective letter for a portfolio: pp. 84-85
Analytical essay: pp. 122-123
Argument essay: pp. 174-175
Annotated bibliography: pp. 554-555
No Literacy narrative: pp. 37-38
Reflective letter for a portfolio: pp. 42-43
Analytical essay: pp. 82-83
Argument essay: pp. 112-113
Annotated bibliography: pp. 388-389
No
Portfolio keeping;reflective writing p. 77, pp. 80-86 No Section C4 No
Writing in the disciplines pp. 789-804 No
Available in a supplement
Section A6 in the main text; additional content available in a WID version (142 additional pages) No
Writing about literature pp. 176-198 Available in 2 versions, with and without writing about literature Writing about Literature version available (64 pages) Yes (pp. 121-124)
Multilingual/ESL pp. 357-400 Sections 28-31 (pp. 252-290) Sections M1 – M6 in the main text; additional content available in an ESL version (48 additional pages) pp. 47-55
Document design pp. 805-817 Sections 50-52 (pp. 401-17) Sections C6 No
Exercise sets in book Yes (97 exercise sets) Yes (103 exercise sets) 82 exercise sets in the exercise version No
Synthesizing sources pp. 578-582 (MLA) & pp. 678-679 (APA) 58c & 63c (pp. 549-50 & 477-79) Sections MLA-3c and APA-3c pp. 119-121
Public speaking/oral communication No No Section A5 No
MLA-style documentation with model paper pp. 491-620 (model paper: pp. 582-588) Sections 56-60 (pp. 457- 532) (model paper: 527-32) Sections MLA-1 through MLA-5; sample paper: pp. 465-470 pp. 107-173 (pages from sample papers: pp. 170-173)
APA-style documentation with model paper pp. 662-738 (model paper: pp. 673-684) Sections 61-65 (pp. 533-95)  (model paper: pp. 583-95) Sections APA-1 through APA-5; sample model paper: pp. 526-534 pp. 175-229 (pages from sample papers: pp. 222-229)
Chicago-style documentation with model paper pp. 739-788 (model paper: pp. 782-788) No Sections CMS-1 through CMS-5; pages from sample paper: pp. 571-576 pp. 231-269 (pages from sample papers: pp. 266-269)
CSE-style documentation No No No pp. 271-286


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