Many ENWR instructors require students to purchase a grammar/style/citation
guide. A group of ENWR instructors recently reviewed writing handbooks
for the Writing Program, and recommended the books that they felt
had the clearest and most accessible language, the best sections
for ESL students, and the most reasonable price.
These are recommendations, not directives: as always, ENWR instructors
are free to order any books they prefer.
You can find copies of these handbooks outside Bryan 322B or you
can request review copies from the publishing reps.
Andrea Lunsford, The Everyday Writer ($32) ISBN: 0312399111
(Published by Bedford/St. Martins, http://www.bedfordstmartins.com)
This is a comprehensive and accessible grammar guide, especially
for the price. It also has an excellent ESL section. This version
is spiral-bound with tabs, but Bedford also publishes a comparable,
but more expensive, version with a standard binding (The New
St. Martins Handbook, $42).
Toby Fulwiler, Pocket Reference for Writers ($15) ISBN: 0130285684
(Published by Prentice Hall, http://www.prenhall.com)
*Note: This textbook (like all of Prentice Hall's handbooks)
gives you free access to Turnitin.com, a website for identifying
This handbook covers the basics at a low price. Though it uses
relatively few examples and its ESL section is cursory, Fulfiler
uses clear, accessible language, and the guide is easy to navigate.
Lynn Troyka: Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers ($40) ISBN
0130409642 (Also published by Prentice Hall, http://www.prenhall.com)
*Note: This textbook, like the one above, gives you free access
If it were not for the size and price, this would be our
first choice for a handbook because it is both comprehensive
accessible. Despite a distracting layout, Troyka covers grammar
sentence-level issues thoroughly and clearly.