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The Little, Brown Essential Handbook

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-01-04
  • Publisher: Pearson
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For first-year composition and undergraduate courses across the curriculum.

Cross-curricular outlook, straightforward presentation, essential coverage.

The Little, Brown Essential Handbook is brief, accessible, and pocket-sized--answering questions about the writing process, grammar and usage, researching writing, documentation, and writing in different disciplines. Through clear explanations and examples, minimal terminology, and specific tips for ESL writers, the text helps students at all levels of learning. Extensive sections on academic writing, research writing, source documentation, and document design support writers in all disciplines. The 9th Edition provides a better educational experience for instructors and students, with annotated examples of student writing and complete discussions of four major documentation styles, including MLA, APA, CMS, and CSE.

Author Biography

Jane E. Aaron has taught writing at New York University and several other schools and is the author of eight successful and long-lived composition textbooks, including The Little, Brown Handbook and The Little, Brown Compact Handbook.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Writing

1. Academic writing

2. The writing situation

3. The writing processes

4. Paragraphs

5. Presenting writing

Part 2: Common Academic Assignments

6 Critical analysis

7 Argument

8 Literary analysis

9 Informative writing

10 Oral presentations

11 Emphasis

12 Conciseness

13 Parallelism

14 Variety and details

15 Appropriate words

16 Exact words

Part 3: Grammatical Sentences

17. Verb forms

18. Verb tenses

19. Verb mood

20. Verb Voice

21. Agreement of subject and verb

22. Pronoun forms

23. Agreement of pronoun and antecedent

24. Reference of pronoun to antecedent

25. Adjectives and adverbs

26. Misplaced and dangling modifiers

27. Sentence fragments

28. Comma splices and fused sentences

Part 4: Punctuation

29. The comma

30. The semicolon

31. The colon

32. The apostrophe

33. Quotation marks

34. End punctuation

35. Other marks

Part 5: Spelling and Mechanics

36. Spelling and the hyphen

37. Capital letters

38. Italics or Underlining

39. Abbreviations

40. Numbers

Part 6: Research and Documentation

41. Developing a research strategy

42. Tracking sources

43. Finding Sources

44. Evaluating and synthesizing sources

45. Integrating sources into your text

46. Avoiding plagiarism

47. Documenting sources

48. MLA documentation and format

49. APA documentation and format

50. Chicago documentation and format

51. CSE documentation

Commonly misused words


Answers to selected exercises

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