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The Elements of Style Illustrated by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White, and Maira Kalman
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, Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams
The Bible for students in the field of Humanities. The Turabian (or Chicago) style of documentation is an alternative to MLA; it is footnote-dependent, rather than relying on in-text references.
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Sixth Edition by Joseph Gibaldi
The most common documentation style, used in English classes.
Webster's New World Student Writing Handbook by Sharon Sorenson
A Writer's Reference: 2003 MLA Update by Diana Hacker
A basic and comprehensive writing handbook. The majority of its pages are dedicated to general grammar, with sections set aside for MLA, APA, and other documentation styles.
Writing: A College Handbook, Fifth Edition by James A. W. Heffernan, John E. Lincoln, Janet Atwill, and James Heffernan
Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language by Richard Lederer
A delightful book of funny grammar mistakes. An excellent handbook of "do-not" examples.
More Anguished English: an Expose of Embarrassing Excruciating, and Egregious Errors in English by Richard Lederer
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
A seriously academic book with an hysterical approach to the subject.
Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, Second Edition by Patricia T. O'Conner
Write Right!: A Desktop Digest of Punctuation, Grammar, and Style by Jan Venolia

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