Harris Reference Guide for Writers, 10th edition

  • Muriel Harris, 
  • Jennifer L. Kunka

Your access includes:

  • Search, highlight, and take notes
  • Easily create flashcards
  • Use the app for access anywhere
  • 14-day refund guarantee

$10.99per month

4-month term, pay monthly or pay $43.96

Learn more, spend less

  • Listen on the go

    Learn how you like with full eTextbook audio

  • Special partners and offers

    Enjoy perks from special partners and offers for students

  • Find it fast

    Quickly navigate your eTextbook with search

  • Stay organized

    Access all your eTextbooks in one place

  • Easily continue access

    Keep learning with auto-renew


The Harris Reference Guide for Writers is your source for expert advice and easy-to-use instruction at every stage of the writing process. Cleverly designed, the text uses a series of “portals” to guide you to the exact writing, research, and grammar-related content you need, without requiring you to search using precise terminology. Informed by years of field testing and the authors' combined experience of more than 30 years as writing instructors, this resource offers student-friendly, essential guidance for writers.

The 10th Edition has been extensively revised with updated, easy-to-use instructions. More coverage of critical thinking, reading, and examples of interactions with texts, student writing and explanatory graphics are included.

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2018

ISBN-13: 9780137496242

Subject: Composition

Category: Handbooks


TAB 1: Introduction

FAQs & How To's

Question & Correct

Compare & Correct

TAB 2: Reading and Writing Processes

  1. Thinking About Reading and Writing
  2. Reading and Writing Processes and Strategies
  3. Paragraphs
  4. Designing Papers and Projects

TAB 3: Reading and Writing for College and Career

  1. Reading and Writing in the Disciplines
  2. Reading and Writing About Literature
  3. Critical Reading, Thinking, and Arguing
  4. Visual Argument
  5. Professional Writing
  6. Writing for Assessment

TAB 4: Revising Sentences for Accuracy, Clarity, and Variety

  1. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
  2. Subject—Verb Agreement
  3. Sentence Fragments
  4. Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers
  5. Parallel Constructions
  6. Consistency (Avoiding Shifts)
  7. Faulty Predication
  8. Coordination and Subordination
  9. Sentence Clarity
  10. Transitions
  11. Sentence Variety

TAB 5: Parts of Sentences

  1. Verbs
  2. Nouns and Pronouns
  3. Pronoun Case and Reference
  4. Adjectives and Adverbs
  5. Prepositions
  6. Subjects
  7. Phrases
  8. Clauses
  9. Essential and Nonessential Clauses and Phrases
  10. Sentences

TAB 6: Style and Word Choice

  1. Style Versus Grammar
  2. General and Specific Language
  3. Glossary of Usage
  4. Conciseness and Wordiness
  5. Passive Versus Active Voice
  6. Unnecessary and Inappropriate Language
  7. Appropriate Language
  8. Gender-Inclusive Language

TAB 7: Punctuation

  1. Commas
  2. Apostrophes
  3. Semicolons
  4. Colons
  5. Quotation Marks
  6. Hyphens
  7. End Punctuation
  8. Other Punctuation

TAB 8: Mechanics and Spelling

  1. Capitals
  2. Abbreviations
  3. Numbers
  4. Italics
  5. Spelling

TAB 9: For Multilingual Writers

  1. American Style in Writing
  2. Verbs
  3. Omitted and Repeated Words
  4. Pronouns and Adverbs
  5. Count and Noncount Nouns
  6. Adjectives and Adverbs
  7. Prepositions
  8. Idioms

TAB 10: Research

  1. Finding a Topic
  2. Choosing Primary and Secondary Sources
  3. Searching Libraries and Library Databases
  4. Using Web Resources
  5. Conducting First-hand Research
  6. Evaluating Sources
  7. Collecting Information
  8. Using Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
  9. Writing the Research Paper

TAB 11: MLA Documentation

  1. Documenting in MLA Style

TAB 12: APA, CMOS, and CSE Documentation

  1. Documenting in APA Style
  2. Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)
  3. Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style
  4. Resources for Other Styles

Your questions answered

Pearson+ is your one-stop shop, with eTextbooks and study videos designed to help students get better grades in college.

A Pearson eTextbook is an easy‑to‑use digital version of the book. You'll get upgraded study tools, including enhanced search, highlights and notes, flashcards and audio. Plus learn on the go with the Pearson+ app.

Your eTextbook subscription gives you access for 4 months. You can make a one‑time payment for the initial 4‑month term or pay monthly. If you opt for monthly payments, we will charge your payment method each month until your 4‑month term ends. You can turn on auto‑renew in My account at any time to continue your subscription before your 4‑month term ends.

When you purchase an eTextbook subscription, it will last 4 months. You can renew your subscription by selecting Extend subscription on the Manage subscription page in My account before your initial term ends.

If you extend your subscription, we'll automatically charge you every month. If you made a one‑time payment for your initial 4‑month term, you'll now pay monthly. To make sure your learning is uninterrupted, please check your card details.

To avoid the next payment charge, select Cancel subscription on the Manage subscription page in My account before the renewal date. You can subscribe again in the future by purchasing another eTextbook subscription.

Channels is a video platform with thousands of explanations, solutions and practice problems to help you do homework and prep for exams. Videos are personalized to your course, and tutors walk you through solutions. Plus, interactive AI‑powered summaries and a social community help you better understand lessons from class.

Channels is an additional tool to help you with your studies. This means you can use Channels even if your course uses a non‑Pearson textbook.

When you choose a Channels subscription, you're signing up for a 1‑month, 3‑month or 12‑month term and you make an upfront payment for your subscription. By default, these subscriptions auto‑renew at the frequency you select during checkout.

When you purchase a Channels subscription it will last 1 month, 3 months or 12 months, depending on the plan you chose. Your subscription will automatically renew at the end of your term unless you cancel it.

We use your credit card to renew your subscription automatically. To make sure your learning is uninterrupted, please check your card details.