The Little, Brown Essential Handbook

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2006-01-01
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The Little, Brown Essential Handbook, Fifth Edition, offers the currency and authority of The Little, Brown Handbook in a brief, spiralbound format. This easy-to-use reference clearly and concisely answers questions about the writing process, grammar, punctuation, research writing, documentation, and more.

Table of Contents

Finding What You Needp. ii
Introduction: The Process of Writingp. 1
The writing situation
Development and focus
Source documentation
Editing and proofreading
Effective Sentences: Checklistp. 10
Emphasisp. 11
Subjects and verbs
Sentence beginnings and endings
Concisenessp. 15
Focusing on subject and verb
Cutting empty words
Cutting unneeded repetition
Reducing clauses and phrases
Cutting there is or it is
Combining sentences
Parallelismp. 17
With and, but, or, nor, yet
With both...and, either...or, etc.
With lists, headings, outlines
Variety and Detailsp. 19
Varied sentence lengths and structures
Appropriate Wordsp. 22
Nonstandard dialect
Colloquial language
Technical words
Indirect and pretentious writing
Sexist and other biased language
Exact Wordsp. 28
Right word for meaning
Concrete and specific words
Grammatical Sentences: Checklistp. 32
Formsp. 33
Sing/sang/sung and other irregular verbs
Helping verbs
Verb + gerund or infinitive
Verb + particle
Tensesp. 38
Present tense (sing)
Perfect tenses (have/had/will have sung)
Moodp. 40
Subjunctive (I wish I were)
Voicep. 41
She wrote it (active) vs. It was written (passive)
Subject-Verb Agreementp. 43
-s ending for noun or verb
Words between subject and verb
Subjects with and
Subjects with or or nor
Everyone and other indefinite pronouns
Team and other collective nouns
Who, which, that
News and other singular nouns ending in -s
Inverted word order
Is, are, and other linking verbs
Formsp. 46
She and I vs. her and me
It was she vs. It was her
Who vs. whom
Other constructions
Pronoun-Antecedent Agreementp. 49
Antecedents with and
Antecedents with or or nor
Everyone, person, and other indefinite words
Team and other collective nouns
Pronoun Referencep. 51
Single antecedent
Close antecedent
Specific antecedent
Adjectives and Adverbsp. 53
Adjective vs. adverb
Adjective with linking verb: felt bad
Bigger, most talented, and other comparisons
Double negatives
Present and past participles: boring vs. bored
Articles: a, an, the
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiersp. 58
Misplaced modifiers
Dangling modifiers
Sentence Faults
Fragmentsp. 61
Comma Splices and Fused Sentencesp. 63
Main clauses without and, but, etc.
Main clauses related by however, for example, etc.
Punctuation: Checklistp. 68
The Commap. 69
And, but, or, nor, for, so, yet
Introductory elements
Interrupting and concluding elements
Dates, addresses, place names, numbers
The Semicolonp. 74
Main clauses
However, for example, etc.
The Colonp. 75
For introduction
Salutations, titles and subtitles, time
The Apostrophep. 77
Misuses: plural noun, singular verb, personal pronoun
Plural abbreviations, etc.
Quotation Marksp. 79
Direct quotations
Titles of works
Words used in a special sense
With other punctuation
End Punctuationp. 82
Question mark
Exclamation point
Other Marksp. 83
Dash or dashes
Ellipsis mark
Spelling and Mechanics: Checklistp. 90
Spelling and the Hyphenp. 91
Spelling checkers
Spelling rules
The hyphen
Capital Lettersp. 94
First word of sentence
Proper nouns and adjectives
Titles and subtitles of works
Titles of persons
Online communication
Underlining or Italicsp. 96
Underlining vs. italics
Titles of works
Ships, aircraft, spacecraft, trains
Foreign words and phrases
Words or characters named as words
Online alternatives
Abbreviationsp. 99
Familiar abbreviations
Latin abbreviations
Words usually spelled out
Numbersp. 100
Numerals, not words
Words, not numerals
Research and Documentation: Checklistp. 104
Research Strategyp. 105
Subject, question, thesis
Goals for sources
Information gathering
Working bibliography
Finding Sourcesp. 111
Electronic searches
Reference works
The Web
Online communication
Government publications
Your own sources
Evaluating and Synthesizing Sourcesp. 121
Integrating Sources into Your Textp. 127
Summary, paraphrase, direct quotation
Introduction and interpretation of source material
Clear boundaries for source material
Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sourcesp. 136
Plagiarism and the Internet
What not to acknowledge
What must be acknowledged
Online sources
Source documentation
MLA Documentation and Formatp. 142
Parenthetical text citations
List of works cited
Paper format
Sample pages
APA Documentation and Formatp. 163
Parenthetical text citations
Reference list
Paper format
Sample pages
Chicago Documentation and Formatp. 178
Notes and list of works cited
Paper format
Sample pages
CSE Documentationp. 191
Name-year text citations
Numbered text citations
Reference list
Special Writing Situations
Designing Documentsp. 200
Academic papers
Clear and effective documents
Writing Onlinep. 205
Electronic mail
Web composition
Making Oral Presentationsp. 208
Writing for Businessp. 211
Job-application letter
Glossary of Usagep. 219
Glossary of Termsp. 229
Indexp. Index-1
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