Top Writing Skills Reference

1. “They Say / I Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (Third Edition) by Gerald Graff – Cathy Birkenstein.

2. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by William Strunk Jr. – E. B. White.

3. “They Say / I Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing with Readings (Second Edition) by Gerald Graff – Cathy Birkenstein – Russel Durst.

4. The Little Seagull Handbook (Second Edition) by Richard Bullock – Michal Brody – Francine Weinberg.

5. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition by Modern Language Association.

6. A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker – Nancy Sommers.

7. They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing by Gerald Graff – Cathy Birkenstein.

8. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Kate L. Turabian.

9. The Craft of Research, Third Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Wayne C. Booth – Gregory G. Colomb – Joseph M. Williams.

10. The Norton Field Guide to Writing, with Readings and Handbook (Third Edition) by Richard Bullock – Maureen Daly Goggin – Francine Weinberg.

11. Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide by Laurie G. Kirszner – Stephen R. Mandell.

12. On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser.

13. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott.

14. The Little Seagull Handbook by Richard Bullock – Francine Weinberg.

15. The Norton Field Guide to Writing, with Readings (Third Edition) by Richard Bullock – Maureen Daly Goggin.

16. Everyone’s An Author with Readings by Andrea Lunsford – Lisa Ede – Beverly Moss – Carole Clark Papper – Keith Walters.

17. College Writing Skills with Readings by John Langan.

18. The Norton Field Guide to Writing (Third Edition) by Richard Bullock.

19. The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues Across the Disciplines by Gilbert Muller.

20. Axelrod & Cooper’s Concise Guide to Writing by Rise B. Axelrod – Charles R. Cooper.

21. Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers by Sonia Maasik – Jack Solomon.

22. How to Write Anything: A Guide and Reference with Readings by John J. Ruszkiewicz – Jay T. Dolmage.

23. The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment by Susan Thurman – Larry Shea.

24. Developmental Exercises for Rules for Writers by Diana Hacker – Wanda Van Goor.

25. Everyone’s An Author by Andrea Lunsford – Lisa Ede – Beverly Moss – Carole Clark Papper – Keith Walters.

26. The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition by .

27. Writing about Writing: A College Reader by Elizabeth Wardle – Douglas Downs.

28. The Norton Field Guide to Writing, with Handbook (Third Edition) by Richard Bullock – Francine Weinberg.

29. The Little Seagull Handbook with Exercises (Second Edition) by Richard Bullock – Michal Brody – Francine Weinberg.

30. A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker.

31. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Kate L. Turabian.

32. The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr..

33. Elements of Style 4ed by William Strunk.

34. Keys for Writers by Ann Raimes – Susan K. Miller-Cochran.

35. How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing by Paul J. Silvia.

36. Writing in the Works by Susan Blau – Kathryn Burak.

37. ARGUMENT! by John Gooch – Dorothy Seyler.

38. The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing by Rise B. Axelrod – Charles R. Cooper.

39. Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes, Second Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Robert M. Emerson – Rachel I. Fretz – Linda L. Shaw.

40. Engaging Questions: A Guide to Writing by Carolyn Channell – Timothy Crusius.

41. The Brief McGraw-Hill Handbook (McGraw-Hill Handbooks) by Elaine Maimon – Janice Peritz – Kathleen Yancey.

42. The Elements of Style Illustrated by William Strunk Jr. – E.B. White.

43. Real Essays with Readings: Writing for Success in College, Work, and Everyday Life by Susan Anker.

44. Back to the Lake: A Reader for Writers (Second Edition) by .

45. A Writer’s Resource (spiral) – Student Edition by Elaine Maimon – Janice Peritz – Kathleen Yancey.

46. Writing Philosophy: A Student’s Guide to Writing Philosophy Essays by Lewis Vaughn.

47. Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers: Fourth Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Kate L. Turabian.

48. Writing Matters, Tabbed (Spiral Bound Edition) by Rebecca Moore Howard.

49. Cengage Advantage Books: The Pocket Wadsworth Handbook by Laurie G. Kirszner – Stephen R. Mandell.

50. Great Writing 4: Great Essays by Keith S. Folse – April Muchmore-Vokoun – Elena Vestri Solomon.

51. They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing by Gerald Graff – Cathy Birkenstein.

52. Random House Webster’s Pocket Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation: Second Edition (Pocket Reference Guides) by Random House.

53. Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark.

54. The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings and Handbook (Second Edition) by Richard Bullock – Maureen Daly Goggin – Francine Weinberg.

55. Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success by Wendy Laura Belcher.

56. Writing Matters: A Handbook for Writing and Research (Comprehensive Edition with Exercises) by Rebecca Moore Howard.

57. The Practice of Creative Writing: A Guide for Students by Heather Sellers.

58. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (8th Edition) by Janet Burroway – Elizabeth Stuckey-French – Ned Stuckey-French.

59. Introduction to Academic Writing, Third Edition (The Longman Academic Writing Series, Level 3) by Alice Oshima – Ann Hogue.

60. Exploring Writing: Paragraphs and Essays by John Langan.

61. Read Reason Write by Dorothy Seyler.

62. Writing: A Guide for College and Beyond (3rd Edition) by Lester Faigley.

63. Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips) by Mignon Fogarty.

64. Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques (7th Edition) by Dennis L. Wilcox – Bryan H. Reber.

65. The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing by Alice LaPlante.

66. Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students (Quick & Dirty Tips) by Mignon Fogarty.

67. Great Writing 4: From Great Paragraphs to Great Essays by Keith S. Folse – April Muchmore-Vokoun – Elena Vestri Solomon.

68. Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article: Second Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Howard S. Becker.

69. Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern.

70. The Aims of Argument: Text and Reader by Timothy Crusius – Carolyn Channell.

71. Legal Writing in Plain English, Second Edition: A Text with Exercises (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Bryan A. Garner.

72. The Least You Should Know about English: Writing Skills, Form A by Paige Wilson – Teresa Ferster Glazier.

73. A Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker.

74. Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University by .

75. The Short Prose Reader by Gilbert Muller – Harvey Wiener.

76. The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings, 2nd Edition by Richard Bullock – Maureen Daly Goggin.

77. Keys for Writers by Ann Raimes – Maria Jerskey.

78. English Skills with Readings by John Langan.

79. English Brushup, 5th Edition by John Langan – Janet M. Goldstein.

80. The Compact Reader: Short Essays by Method and Theme by Jane E. Aaron – Ellen Kuhl Repetto.

81. Grammar Troublespots: A Guide for Student Writers by Ann Raimes.

82. The Lively Art of Writing (Mentor Series) by Lucile Vaughan Payne.

83. Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing (2nd Edition) by John R. Trimble.

84. Stepping Stones: A Guided Approach to Writing Sentences and Paragraphs by Chris Juzwiak.

85. College Writing Skills with Readings, 8th Edition by John Langan.

86. Garner’s Modern American Usage by Bryan A. Garner.

87. Opening Doors: Understanding College Reading by Janet Elder – Joe Cortina.

88. Rules of Thumb by Jay Silverman – Elaine Hughes – Diana Roberts Wienbroer.

89. Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York’s Acclaimed Creative Writing School by Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

90. Office Of Assertion: An Art Of Rhetoric For Academic Essay by Scott F. Crider.

91. Navigating America by David Moton – Gloria Dumler.

92. “They Say / I Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing with Readings by Gerald Graff – Cathy Birkenstein – Russel Durst.

93. Method and Madness: The Making of a Story: A Guide to Writing Fiction by Alice LaPlante.

94. Tell It Slant, 2nd Edition by Brenda Miller – Suzanne Paola.

95. Writing Matters: A Handbook for Writing and Research by Rebecca Moore Howard.

96. English Skills by John Langan.

97. The Norton Book of Nature Writing (College Edition) by .

98. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Joseph Gibaldi.

99. The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner.

100. Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis by Joan Bolker.

Top Selling Dictionaries

1. A Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker – Nancy Sommers.

2. The Associated Press Stylebook 2013 (Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law) by Associated Press.

3. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary by Merriam-Webster.

4. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (Laminated Cover) by Merriam-Webster.

5. The Thinker’s Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words (Expanded Second Edition) by Peter E. Meltzer.

6. Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th edition by Henry M. III Robert – Daniel H. Honemann – Thomas J. Balch.

7. Merriam-Webster’s Spanish-English Dictionary by .

8. New Oxford American Dictionary by .

9. Merriam-Webster’s Pocket Spanish-English Dictionary (Pocket Reference Library) by Merriam-Webster.

10. American Sign Language Dictionary, Third Edition by Martin L.A. Sternberg.

11. Merriam-Webster’s French-English Dictionary by .

12. The Complete Rhyming Dictionary: Including The Poet’s Craft Book by .

13. Black’s Law Dictionary, Standard Ninth Edition (Black’s Law Dictionary (Standard Edition)) by Bryan A. Garner.

14. Merriam-Webster’s Everyday Language Reference Set by .

15. The Essentials of Technical Communication by Elizabeth Tebeaux – Sam Dragga.

16. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms by .

17. Webster’s New World Italian Dictionary: Italian/English, English/Italian by .

18. The American Heritage Dictionaries, 4th Edition, OFFICE Edition by .

19. The New World Spanish/English, English/Spanish Dictionary (El New World Diccionario español/inglés, inglés/español) (Spanish and English Edition) by .

20. Garner’s Modern American Usage by Bryan A. Garner.

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

-Bill Cosby

Due and Do

Two phrases that include “due” are misunderstood and incorrectly substituted with “do”:

– “With all due respect”  not  “With all do respect” – the respect is due (Or owed)

– “Due dilligence” not “Do dilligence”

Definition From Meriam-Webster:

1 : the care that a reasonable person exercises to avoid harm to other persons or their property
2 : research and analysis of a company or organization done in preparation for a business transaction (as a corporate merger or purchase of securities)

Language & Grammar Reference Books

1. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition by Modern Language Association.

2. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by William Strunk Jr. – E. B. White.

3. A Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker – Nancy Sommers.

4. A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker – Nancy Sommers.

5. The Associated Press Stylebook 2013 (Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law) by Associated Press.

6. A Writer’s Reference with Exercises by Diana Hacker – Nancy Sommers.

7. The Elements of Style Illustrated by William Strunk Jr. – E.B. White.

8. The Elements of Style (4th Edition) by William Strunk – E. B. White.

9. The Bedford Handbook with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates, Eighth Edition by Diana Hacker – Nancy Sommers.

10. The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition by .

11. Prentice Hall Reference Guide (8th Edition) by Muriel G. Harris Professor Emerita – Jennifer Kunka.

12. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression by Angela Ackerman – Becca Puglisi.

13. Cengage Advantage Books: The Pocket Wadsworth Handbook by Laurie G. Kirszner – Stephen R. Mandell.

14. The Bedford Handbook with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates, Eighth Edition by Diana Hacker – Nancy Sommers.

15. A Pocket Style Manual, Fifth Edition by Diana Hacker.

16. Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing (3rd Edition) by John R. Trimble.

17. The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law 2011 by Associated Press.

18. Quick Access Compact by Doug Hesse Lynn Quitman Troyka.

19. A Guide to MLA Documentation by Joseph F. Trimmer.

20. Pocket Guide to APA Style by Robert Perrin.

21. The Hodges Harbrace Handbook, 18th Edition by Cheryl Glenn – Loretta Gray.

22. The Scott, Foresman Handbook for Writers (9th Edition) by John J. Ruszkiewicz – Christy E. Friend – Daniel E. Seward – Maxine E. Hairston Emerita.

‘Invite’ and ‘Install’ Are Verbs Not Nouns

Have you recently heard the following?

  • Please send me an invite to the meeting.
  • What time is the cable install?

Both Install and Invite are verbs not nouns, yet are popularly being used as verbs. The correct sentences are:

  • Please send me an invitation to the meeting.
  • What time is the cable installation?