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Summary

The Little, Brown Handbook provides reliable and thorough coverage of handbook basics--the writing process, grammar and usage, research and documentation--while also giving detailed discussions of critical reading, academic writing, reading and writing arguments, writing in the disciplines, and public writing. Widely used by both experienced and inexperienced writers, The Little, Brown Handbook works as both a comprehensive classroom text and an accessible reference guide.

Table of Contents

Preface for Students: Using This Book         

 

Preface for Instructors           

 

Introduction   Joining the Academic Community             

I1.  Getting the most from college courses   

I2.  Becoming an academic writer     

I3.  Developing academic integrity     

I4.  Communicating in an academic setting  

 

PART 1   THE PROCESS OF WRITING

1   Assessing the Writing Situation    

a. Understanding how writing happens         

b. Analyzing the writing situation        

c. Discovering and limiting a subject  

d. Defining a purpose 

e. Considering the audience

f.  Using genres   

       

2   Discovering and Shaping Ideas    

a. Discovering ideas  

b. Developing a thesis

c. Organizing ideas    

    SAMPLE INFORMATIVE ESSAY 

 

3   Drafting, Revising, and Editing     

a. Writing the first draft          

b. Revising the first draft        

c. Examining a sample revision

d. Editing the revised draft                 

e. Preparing and proofreading the final draft 

    SAMPLE FINAL DRAFT (RESPONSE ESSAY) 

f. Giving and receiving comments    

g. Preparing a writing portfolio      

     

4   Writing and Revising Paragraphs  

a. Relating paragraphs in the essay  

b. Maintaining paragraph unity           

c. Achieving paragraph coherence    

d. Developing the paragraph              

e. Writing special kinds of paragraphs  

 

5   Presenting Writing   

a. Academic writing  

    SAMPLE MARKETING REPORT   

b. Visuals and other media

c. Web writing

    SAMPLE WEB SITE                

    SAMPLE LITERACY NARRATIVE ON A BLOG

d. Making oral presentations

    SAMPLE POWERPOINT SLIDES  

 

PART 2  READING AND WRITING IN AND OUT OF COLLEGE   

6   Forming a Critical Perspective      

a. Using techniques of critical reading

b. Summarizing         

c. Developing a critical response

d. Viewing visuals critically  

 

7   Writing in Academic Situations     

a. Determining purpose, audience, and genre  

b. Writing in response to texts           

c. Choosing structure and content

d. Acknowledging sources   

e. Using academic language 

f. Examining sample critical responses        

   SAMPLE CRITIQUE OF A TEXT 

   SAMPLE CRITIQUE OF A VISUAL

 

8   Reading Arguments Critically        

a. Recognizing the elements of argument    

b. Testing claims                   

c. Weighing evidence

d. Discovering assumptions  

e. Watching language, hearing tone    

f. Judging reasonableness     

g. Recognizing fallacies         

h. Reading visual arguments

 

9   Writing an Argument           

a. Finding a subject    

b. Conceiving a thesis statement      

c. Analyzing your purpose and your audience           

d. Using reason          

e. Using evidence                  

f. Reaching your readers

g. Organizing your argument             

h. Revising your argument     

    SAMPLE ARGUMENT     

    

10   Taking Essay Exams   

a.  Preparing for an essay examination           

b.  Planning your time and your answer  

c.  Starting the essay             

d.  Developing the essay

     SAMPLE ESSAY EXAMS    

e.  Rereading the essay        

 

11   Public Writing           

a. Writing business letters and memos

    SAMPLE LETTER AND MEMO          

b. Writing a job application

    SAMPLE LETTER AND RÉSUMÉ

c. Writing business reports and proposals

    SAMPLE REPORT AND PROPOSAL

d. Writing for community work

    SAMPLE FLYER, NEWSLETTER, AND BROCHURE  

           

PART 3  GRAMMATICAL SENTENCES  

12   Understanding Sentence Grammar  

a.  Understanding the basic sentence           

b.  Expanding the basic sentence with single words  

c.  Expanding the basic sentence with word groups             

d.  Compounding words, phrases, and clauses       

e.  Changing the usual word order  

f.  Classifying sentences  

 

13   Case of Nouns and Pronouns       

a.  Compound subjects and subject complements   

b.  Compound objects  

c.  We or us with a noun        

d.  Appositives  

e.  Pronoun after than or as in a comparison  

f.  Subjects and objects of infinitives   

g.  Who vs. whom   

h.  Case before a gerund   

    

14   Verbs  

Verb Forms  

a.  Regular and irregular verbs  

b.  Sit and set; lie and lay; rise and raise       

c.  Omitted -s and -ed endings  

d.  Helping verbs  

e.  Verb plus gerund or infinitive         

f.  Verb plus article 

Tense            

g.  Appropriate tense for meaning  

h.  Sequence of tenses  

Mood   

i.  Subjunctive verb forms      

Voice 

j.  Active vs. passive voice   

  

15   Agreement 

a.  Agreement between subject and verb      

b.  Agreement between pronoun and antecedent     

 

16   Adjectives and Adverbs  

a.  Adjectives only with nouns and pronouns  

b.  Adjectives after linking verbs  

c.  Adjectives with objects; adverbs with verbs  

d.  Comparative and superlative forms  

e.  Double negatives

f.  Overuse of nouns as modifiers     

g.  Present and past participles as adjectives  

h.  A, an, the, and other determiners 

 

PART 4  CLEAR SENTENCES

17   Sentence Fragments  

a.  Tests for sentence completeness, revision of fragments 

b.  Subordinate clause  

c.  Verbal or prepositional phrase  

d.  Other fragments  

e.  Acceptable uses of incomplete sentences   

 

18   Comma Splices and Fused Sentences     

Comma Splices        

a.  Main clauses not joined by a coordinating conjunction  

b.  Main clauses related by a conjunctive adverb or transitional expression            

Fused Sentences  

c.  Main clauses with no conjunction or punctuation 

 

19   Pronoun Reference  

a.  Clear reference to one antecedent 

b.  Clear placement of pronoun and antecedent       

c.  Reference to specific antecedent  

d.  Indefinite use of you  

f.   Appropriate who, which, that  

       

20   Shifts  

a.  Person and number  

b.  Tense and mood  

c.  Subject and voice             

d.  Indirect and direct quotations and questions        

 

21   Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers  

Misplaced Modifiers  

a.  Clear placement of modifiers       

b.  Limiting modifiers   

c.  Squinting modifiers           

d.  Separation of subjects, verbs, and objects  

e.  Separation of parts of infinitives or verb phrases  

f.  Position of adverbs  

g.  Order of adjectives           

Dangling Modifiers  

h.  Dangling modifiers

 

22   Mixed and Incomplete Sentences            

Mixed Sentences  

a.  Mixed grammar 

b.  Mixed meaning (faulty predication)  

Incomplete Sentences  

c.  Compound constructions  

d.  Comparisons  

e.  Careless omissions  

 

 

PART 5  EFFECTIVE SENTENCES          

23   Emphasizing Ideas

a.  Using subjects and verbs effectively  

b.  Using sentence beginnings and endings 

c.  Arranging parallel elements effectively 

d.  Repeating ideas 

e.  Separating ideas   

f.  Being concise       

 

24   Using Coordination and Subordination     

a.  Coordinating to relate equal ideas  

b.  Subordinating to distinguish main ideas  

c.  Choosing clear connectors   

 

25   Using Parallelism  

a.  Using parallelism for coordinate elements 

b.  Using parallelism to increase coherence      

       

26   Achieving Variety     

a.  Varying sentence length and structure     

b.  Varying sentence beginnings  

c.  Inverting the normal word order    

d.  Mixing types of sentences  

 

PART 6  PUNCTUATION

Chart  

27   End Punctuation      

a. The period 

b. The question mark  

c. The exclamation point    

                

28   The Comma 

a.  Main clauses linked by coordinating conjunctions  

b.  Introductory elements  

c.  Nonessential elements     

d.  Absolute phrases              

e.  Phrases expressing contrast       

f.  Series and coordinate adjectives  

g.  Dates, addresses, place names, long numbers 

h.  With quotations 

i.  To prevent misreading  

j.  Misuse and overuse 

         

29   The Semicolon  

a.  Main clauses not joined by a coordinating conjunction  

b.  Main clauses related by a conjunctive adverb or transitional expression  

c.  Main clauses that are too long or contain commas  

d.  Series items that are long or contain commas    

e.  Misuse and overuse  

 

30   The Apostrophe       

a.  Possession           

b.  Misuses with noun plurals, verbs, and personal pronouns 

c.  Contractions 

d.  Plurals of abbreviations, dates, and words or characters named as words

 

31   Quotation Marks 

Chart

a.  Direct quotations 

b.  Quotation within a quotation 

c.  Dialog 

d.  Titles of songs, short stories, etc.  

e.  Words used in a special sense    

f.  Overuse 

g.  Placement with other punctuation marks 

 

32   Other Punctuation Marks   

a.  The colon 

b.  The dash   

c.  Parentheses 

d.  Brackets    

e.  The ellipsis mark   

f.  The slash 

 

PART 7  MECHANICS         

33   Capitals 

a.  First word of a sentence 

b.  Titles of works 

c.  Pronoun I and interjection

d.  Proper nouns and adjectives        

e.  Titles before proper names          

f.  Misuses of capitals  

 

34   Italics or Underlining  

a.  Titles of books and periodicals     

b.  Names of ships, aircraft, spacecraft, trains  

c.  Foreign words and phrases  

d.  Words, letters, and numbers  named as words  

e.  For emphasis        

f.  In online communication

 

35   Abbreviations  

a.  Titles before and after proper names       

b.  Familiar abbreviations and acronyms      

c.  BC, BCE, AD, CE, AM, PM, no., and  

d.  Latin abbreviations  

e.  Inc., Bros., Co., and     

f.  Misuse with units of measurement, geographical names, and so on  

 

36   Numbers  

a.  Numerals vs. words  

b.  For dates, addresses, etc.  

c.  Beginning sentences        

 

PART 8  EFFECTIVE WORDS       

37   Using Appropriate Language  

a.  Revising nonstandard dialect       

b.  Revising shortcuts of online communication       

c.  Using slang only when appropriate  

d.  Using colloquial language only when appropriate  

e.  Using regionalisms only when appropriate  

f.  Revising neologisms  

g.  Using technical words with care  

h.  Revising indirect or pretentious writing  

i.  Revising sexist and other biased language  

 

38   Using Exact Language  

a.  Using a dictionary and a thesaurus  

b.  Using the right word for your meaning  

c.  Balancing the abstract and concrete, the general and specific  

d.  Using idioms  

e.  Using figurative language  

f.  Using fresh expressions    

 

39   Writing Concisely    

a.  Focusing on subject and verb      

b.  Cutting or shortening empty words and phrases 

c.  Cutting unnecessary repetition 

d.  Reducing clauses to phrases, phrases to single words 

e.  Revising there is and it is constructions 

f.  Combining sentences 

g.  Rewriting jargon    

 

40   Spelling and the Hyphen    

a.  Recognizing typical spelling problems 

b.  Following spelling rules 

c.  Developing spelling skills 

d.  Using the hyphen to form or divide words 

 

PART 9  RESEARCH WRITING     

41   Planning a Research Project         

a.      Starting out             

b.      Finding a researchable subject and question                  

c.      Developing a research strategy       

d.      Making a working, annotated bibliography    

                   

42   Finding Sources        

a.    Starting with your library’s Web site       

b.    Searching electronically 

c.    Finding reference works                         

d.    Finding books         

e.    Finding periodicals                      

f.    Finding sources on the Web       

g.    Finding sources using social media                   

h.    Finding government publications                        

i.     Finding visuals, audio, and video            

j.    Generating your own sources     

             

43   Working with Sources         

a.   Evaluating sources          

b.   Synthesizing sources      

c.   Mining and interacting with sources          

d.   Using summary, paraphrase, and quotation       

e.   Integrating sources into your text

 

44   Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sources  

a.    Distinguishing deliberate from accidental plagiarism 

b.    Knowing what you need not acknowledge  

c.    Knowing what you must acknowledge              

d.    Obtaining permission when publishing your work          

e.    Documenting sources    

  

45   Writing the Paper                

a.    Developing a thesis statement               

b.    Creating a structure        

c.    Drafting the paper                       

d.    Revising and editing the paper   

e.    Preparing and proofreading the final draft  

 

46   Using MLA Documentation and Format    

a.    Using MLA in-text citations          

b.    Preparing the MLA list of works cited     

c.    Using MLA document format        

 

47   Two Research Papers in MLA Style

“The False Promise of Green Consumerism”          

“Annie Dillard’s Healing Vision”                      

 

PART 10  WRITING IN THE ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES  

48   Working with the Goals and Requirements of the Disciplines 

a.   Using methods and evidence  

b.   Understanding writing assignments        

c.   Using tools and language            

d.   Following styles for source citations and document format     

   

49   Reading and Writing About Literature                      

a.   Using the methods and evidence of literary analysis        

b.   Understanding writing assignments in literature             

c.   Using the tools and language of literary analysis                        

d.   Citing sources and formatting documents in writing about literature                  

e.   Drafting and revising a literary analysis  

      SAMPLE ANALYSIS OF A SHORT STORY 

f.   Writing about fiction, poetry, and drama   

      SAMPLE ANALYSIS OF A POEM    

      SAMPLE ANALYSIS OF A PLAY   

                          

50   Writing in Other Humanities  

a.   Using the methods and evidence of the humanities       

b.   Understanding writing assignments in the humanities                

c.   Using the tools and language of the humanities              

d.   Citing sources in Chicago style   

e.   Formatting documents in Chicago style 

 

51   Writing in the Social Sciences           

a.   Using the methods and evidence of the social sciences            

b.   Understanding writing assignments in the social sciences                    

c.   Using the tools and language of the social sciences   

d.   Citing sources in APA style  

e.   Formatting documents in APA style  

      SAMPLE SOCIAL SCIENCE PAPER   

                     

52   Writing in the Natural and Applied Sciences             

a.   Using the methods and evidence of the sciences                      

b.   Understanding writing assignments in the sciences       

c.   Using the tools and language of the sciences                             

d.   Citing sources in CSE style  

e.   Formatting documents in CSE style   

      SAMPLE SCIENCE PAPER             

 

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