The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Handbook
User friendly, with just enough detail
Tells students what they need to know, but resists the urge to tell them everything there is to know. Chapters are short and to the point, with color-coded links that send students to pages where they can find more detail if they need more. Menus, directories, and a unique glossary/index make it easy for students to find whatever information they’re looking for.
Uniquely flexible for teachers
With short chapters on every topic, this book supports any pedagogical approach. Teachers can choose from the menu of chapters and assign them in any order—and the color-coded links help draw from other chapters as needed.
An intuitive, easy-to-use handbook
The handbook is organized around Sentences, Words, and Punctuation/Mechanics, making it easy for students to find what they’re looking for. Color-coded links refer students to the glossary/index for definitions of key terms if they need them, so there’s no overload of terminology.
Color-coded documentation guidelines for MLA and APA
Color-coded templates make documentation easy to do; MLA and APA guidelines reflect the 2009 update.
NEW chapters on synthesis, arguing, mixing genres, essay exams, and inquiry
The synthesizing ideas chapter helps students weave together ideas from several sources.
The arguing chapter shows students the moves they need to make, from writing a thesis, to providing good reasons and strong evidence to support their claim, to considering positions that differ from theirs, and more.
The mixing genres chapter explains how to combine a number of genres in a single text (as is done in much real-world writing).
The essay exams chapter helps students prepare for and do timed writing.
The writing as inquiry chapter encourages students to approach writing projects with curiosity and provides strategies to help them get beyond what they already know about their topic.
Online resources for students
The Norton Field Guide has a rich suite of electronic resources for students, including:
The Norton Writer’s Help Window
A quick-reference version of the Field Guide downloads into Word to make writing help available when students most need it—as they write. Color-coded hyperlinks pop up more information if students need it. Includes model student papers, complete MLA and APA documentation models, and the complete Handbook.
This free-and-open site includes complete MLA and APA documentation guidelines, model student essays, an optional e-portfolio space where students can submit and store their writing, worksheets to print out or use online, the complete Handbook, and 1,000+ exercises with feedback linked to the online Handbook.
Free and open to all readers of Norton composition books and to anyone who wants to be a better writer or researcher. The site includes a complete online Handbook, and three easy-to-navigate sections: Writing and Rhetoric, Research and Documentation, and Handbook and Exercises.