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Brand new handbooks, lots of options


A Writer's Reference, Eighth Edition  

Available in multiple versions
With this eighth edition of the handbook, author Nancy Sommers invites you to be part of a community of those who teach and assign writing; who believe that critical reading, analytical writing, responsible research, and clarity are at the center of effective writing across the academy; and who use the nation’s best-selling and most responsive handbook to support the development of the college writer. The new edition teaches a process for reading critically, helps writers understand genre expectations, introduces multimodal analysis and public speaking, and offers new paraphrasing strategies for multilingual writers.

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A Pocket Style Manual, Seventh Edition  

The thoughtfully revised seventh edition makes it even easier for students to effectively and independently address their writing and research challenges. With 325 documentation models in four styles and coverage of drafting thesis statements, writing correctly and effectively, finding and evaluating sources, and writing research papers, A Pocket Style Manual supports writers across the disciplines.

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Media Options  

The media options available for the Hacker/Sommers family of handbooks support both student writers and instructors who assign writing.

  • LaunchPad for A Writer's Reference combines an interactive e-book with high-quality multimedia content and ready-made assessment options, including LearningCurve adaptive quizzing.


  • LaunchPad Solo for A Pocket Style Manual offers all of the interactivity of the full LaunchPad—with exercises, model student writing, and LearningCurve adaptive quizzing—but without a full e-book.


  • Writer's Help 2.0 for Hacker Handbooks is a completely online writing tool based on research with 1,600 students who told us how they search for help with writing problems. Writer's Help 2.0 understands nonexpert search terms such as choppy, flow, and stuck, and gives instructors useful insight into their students use of the tool.