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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A Pocket Style Manual, APA Version

Edition 7th Edition
ISBN 9781319011130
Publication Date August 2015
Formats Spiral bound 
Publisher Bedford

The APA version of A Pocket Style Manual provides help for students writing in disciplines that use APA style: psychology, sociology, economics, criminal justice, nursing, education, business, and others. With a focus on APA conventions and practices, examples and models from across the disciplines, and guidelines for integrating and documenting a wide variety of sources, A Pocket Style Manual, APA Version, gives concise, straightforward, and trusted advice for any writing situation.

Key features:

  • Guidance for writing APA-style papers in 10 widely assigned genres (see the contents)
  • Detailed formatting advice for specific parts of APA papers (such as an abstract or an appendix)
  • Sample pages from 11 model student papers in 7 disciplines
  • Comprehensive coverage of APA documentation style, with examples grounded in topics relevant to APA disciplines

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).

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
10 Parts of a paper in APA style
11 APA paper format
12 Sample pages from papers in APA style
13 APA in-text citations
14 APA list of references
15 APA notes
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
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
32 The comma
33 The semicolon and the colon
34 The apostrophe
35 Quotation marks
36 Other marks
37 Capitalization
38 Abbreviations
39 Numbers
40 Italics
41 Spelling
42 Hyphenation


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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