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  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $45.00
  • Forthcoming: December 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-65577-3
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

The Norton Field Guide to Writing

Fifth Edition


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Richard Bullock (Author, Wright State University), Maureen Daly Goggin (Author, Arizona State University), Francine Weinberg (Author)

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Norton Ebooks give students and instructors an enhanced reading experience at a fraction of the cost of a print textbook. Students are able to have an active reading experience and can take notes, bookmark, search, highlight, and even read offline. As an instructor, you can even add your own notes for students to see as they read the text. Norton Ebooks can be viewed on—and synced among—all computers and mobile devices.

The Norton Field Guide, 5e ebooks [360 day access]
The text’s user-friendly features—like hyperlinking between chapters and referencing the glossary/index—are optimized in the ebook. Purchasing any version of the ebook also includes access to InQuizitive for Writers and The Little Seagull Handbook ebook.

The Little Seagull Handbook, 3e ebook [4 years access]
Handbook access included with any version of The Norton Field Guide ebook so that students assigned InQuizitive can link to the handbook.


InQuizitive for Writers delivers a game-like approach to practicing sentence editing. Students will be better prepared to find and edit errors in their own writing. The activities are adaptive so students receive additional practice in the areas where they need more help. And explanatory feedback offers advice precisely when it’s needed. Now with NEW activities on working with sources. Also available for packaging at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE with any version of The Norton Field Guide.

Library of activities:
Editing the Errors That Matter (Comprehensive Activity)

Comma Splices
Fused (Run-on) Sentences
Sentence Fragments
Mixed Constructions
Pronouns in the Wrong Case
Pronouns with Unclear Reference
Pronouns That Don’t Agree with Their Antecedents
Subject-Verb Agreement Errors
Verb Tense and Verb Form Errors

Misplaced/Dangling Modifiers
Words Often Confused

Apostrophe Errors
Omitted Commas
Unnecessary Commas

Incorporating Quotations
Punctuating Quotations

Finding Sources
Evaluating Sources
Comparing and Synthesizing Sources
Integrating Sources
Documenting Sources: MLA & APA Styles


Easily add high quality Norton digital media to your online, hybrid, or lecture course—all at no cost. Norton Coursepacks work within your existing learning management system; there’s no new system to learn, and access is free and easy. Content is customizable and includes:
• Reading quizzes for every reading in the book
• Reading strategy quizzes to accompany Ch 2 “Reading in Academic Contexts”
• More than 150 exercises on sentences, language, punctuation/mechanics, paragraph editing, plagiarism, and MLA/APA citation
• A library of more than 30 model student papers, organized by genre, mode, and field
• Printable documentation guidelines (MLA, APA, Chicago, CSE)
• An interactive tutorial on avoiding plagiarism
• Instructor support: a printable contents of coursepack resources and a brief set of suggestions for using the coursepack, written by fellow writing instructors

Blackboard Coursepack Access Resource
D2L/Brightspace Coursepack Access Resource
Moodle 2.5 Coursepack Access Resource
Canvas, IMS Access Resource

Instructor's Guide

Written by Richard Bullock, with special contributions from instructors across the country, this guide provides advice for teaching every chapter and reading in the text. It also offers a comprehensive guide to teaching first-year writing. Now with new advice on contract grading, teaching reading and writing across disciplines, teaching writing in dual enrollment contexts, and using online learning tools.

Instructor's Guide, PDF Access Resource

Student Resources

A collection of student reference materials: model student papers organized by field of study, worksheets, links to online sources referenced in The Norton Field Guide, and additional chapters on topics not covered in The Norton Field Guide.


Worksheets and checklists on topics like analyzing an argument, responding to a draft, and considering the rhetorical situation. Available as PDFs and editable Word documents.

Worksheets, PDF Access Resource
Worksheets, Word docx Access Resource

Art Slides

The genre organization flowcharts and documentation map images from the book provided in PowerPoint format.

Art Slides, PowerPoint - Document Maps Access Resource
Art Slides, PowerPoint - Flowcharts Access Resource


The same general composition assessment and reference resources that appear in the coursepack are also available on norton/write for student review. Always accessible without a code or fee.