The Little DK Handbook

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 1/20/2015
  • Publisher: Pearson
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For first-year courses in Composition.

An Accessible and Visually Engaging Guide to Writing
Distinctively designed, The Little DK Handbook stands apart from other handbooks. Visually rich two-page spreads marry design and content in a way that makes information appealing and understandable. Students will learn to narrow down topics, find and cite sources properly, present information clearly, craft arguments and hone their voices, and adhere to conventions.

With more attention to research – particularly online research – than other handbooks, The Little DK provides a solid foundation in information literacy. Grammar and documentation (MLA, APA, CMS, CSE) are presented in an approachable, accessible way. The groundbreaking layout creates a consistent look and feel that helps students connect with the material, find information, and recognize solutions to writing problems they often don’t know how to look up.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: A Process for Academic Composing

  • What Is Composing?
  • What Is Rhetoric?
  • Academic Writing
  • Understanding an Assignment

Part 2: Finding Ideas

  • A Research Process
  • Finding a Topic
  • Questions to Guide Research
  • Choosing Sources
  • Finding Sources
  • Starting a Paper

Part 3: Evaluating and Tracking Sources Ethically

  • Evaluating Sources for Relevance
  • Evaluating Sources for Credibility
  • Keeping Track of Sources

Part 4: Engaging with and Analyzing Sources

  • Engaging with Sources
  • What Is Analysis?
  • Analyzing to Understand
  • Analyzing to Ask Questions
  • Using Analysis to Develop a Thesis Statement
  • Using a Thesis Statement to Organize a Paper
  • Reasoning

Part 5: Drafting a Paper, Connecting with Audiences

  • Using Analysis to Develop a Thesis Statement
  • Shaping Paragraphs for Audience and Purpose
  • Understanding Your Audience
  • Developing a Statement of Purpose
  • Writing a Draft
  • A Rough Draft
  • Once You’ve Finished a Draft
  • Receiving Feedback to a Draft
  • Responding to the Writing of Your Peers

Part 6: Revising with Style

  • Revising Your Writing
  • Styling Paragraphs
  • Styling Sentences
  • Styling Words

Part 7: Documenting

  • MLA Documentation
  • APA Documentation
  • CSE Documentation
  • CMS Documentation

Part 8: Editing and Proofreading Your Work

  • Editing and Proofreading
    • Making Subject-Verb Agreement
    • Using Verb Tenses Consistently
    • Using Verbs Tenses in Academic Writing
    • Avoiding Shifts in Style and Voice
    • Avoiding Sentence Fragments
    • Avoiding Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
    • Working with Pronoun Reference and Agreement
    • Avoiding Disruptive and Dangling Modifiers
    • Using Apostrophes with Possessive Forms (But not with Plural Forms)
    • Using Articles Conventionally
    • Using Commas with Introductory Phrases

Part 9: Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics

  • Grammar
    • Parts of Speech
    • Sentences
  • Punctuation
  • Mechanics




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