Little, Brown Handbook

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  • Edition: 11th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-12-28
  • Publisher: Longman
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The most trusted and authoritative name in handbooks, The Little, Brown Handbook,11/e is an easy-to-use reference that will answer any question you may have in grammar, writing, or research. It also includes exercises so you can practice skills. This edition offers the latest information on writing with computers, writing online, analyzing visuals, and researching effectively on the Internet. With clear explanations, a wealth of examples, and quick reference checklists and boxes, The Little, Brown Handbook will makes it easy to find what you need and use the information you find.

Will answer any questions a writer has about grammar, the writing process, or research. The writing process, critical thinking, argumentative writing, style, grammar, mechanics, usage, the research process, how to document sources.

Anyone who wants a reliable writing reference book.

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Table of Contents

Preface for Students: Using This Book
Preface for Instructors
The Writing Process
Assessing the Writing Situation
Understanding how writing happens
Analyzing the writing situation
Discovering and limiting a subject
Defining a purpose
Considering the audience
Developing and Shaping Ideas
Discovering ideas
Developing a thesis
Organizing ideas Sample essay
Drafting and Revising
Writing the first draft
Revising the first draft
Examining a sample revision
Editing the revised draft
Preparing and proofReading the final draft
Examining a sample final draft
Giving and receiving comments
Preparing a writing portfolio
Writing and Revising Paragraphs
Maintaining paragraph unity
Achieving paragraph coherence
Developing the paragraph
Writing special kinds of paragraphs
Linking paragraphs in the essay
Designing Documents
Designing academic papers and other documents
Considering principles of design
Using the elements of design
Using illustrations
Considering readers with disabilities
Reading And Writing In College
Developing Academic Skills
Managing your time
Listening and taking notes in class
Reading for comprehension
Becoming an academic writer
Preparing for exams
Forming a Critical Perspective
Using techniques of critical Reading
Developing a critical response
Viewing images critically
Writing in Academic Situations
Writing in response to texts
Determining purpose
Analyzing audience
Choosing structure and content
Using academic language
Examining sample critical responses
Sample critique of a text
Sample critique of an image
Reading Arguments Critically
Recognizing the elements of argument
Testing claims
Weighing evidence
Discovering assumptions
Watching language, hearing tone
Judging reasonableness
Recognizing fallacies
Writing an Argument
Finding a subject
Conceiving a thesis statement
Analyzing your purpose and your audience
Using reason
Using evidence
Reaching your readers
Organizing your argument
Revising your argument
Examining a sample argument
Reading and Using Visual Arguments
Reading visual arguments critically
Using visual arguments effectively
Grammatical Sentences
Understanding Sentence Grammar
Understanding the basic sentence
Expanding the basic sentence with single words
Expanding the basic sentence with word groups
Compounding words, phrases, and clauses
Changing the usual word order
Classifying sentences
Case of Nouns and Pronouns
Compound subjects and complements
Compound objects
Weorus with a noun
Pronoun afterthan oras in a comparison
Subjects and objects of infinitives
Who whom
Case before a gerund
Verbs Verb Forms
Regular and irregular verbs
Sit and set lie andlay rise andraise
Omitted-s and-ed endings
Helping verbs
Verb plus gerund or infinitive
Verb plus Particle Tense
Appropriate tense for meaning
Sequence of tenses Mood
Subjunctive verb forms Voice
Active vs passive voice
Agreement between subject and verb
Agreement between pronoun and antecedent
Adjectives and Adverbs
Adjectives only with nouns and pronouns
Adjectives after linking verbs
Adjectives with objects adverbs with verbs
Comparative and superlative forms
Double negatives
Overuse of nouns as modifiers
Present and past Participles as adjectives
A, an, the, and other determiners
Clear Sentences
Sentence Fragments
Tests for sentence completeness revision of fragments
Subordinate clause
Verbal or prepositional phrase
Other fragments
Acceptable uses of incomplete sentences
Comma Splices and Fused Sentences Comma Splices
Main clauses not joined by coordinating conjunction
Main clauses related by a conjunctive adverb or transitional expression Fused Sentences
Main clauses with no conjunction or punctuation
Pronoun Reference
Clear reference to one antecedent
Clear placement of pronoun and antecedent
Reference to specific antecedent
Indefinite use ofyou
Clear use ofit
Appropriate use ofwho, which, that
Person and number
Tense and mood
Subject and voice
Indirect and direct quotations and questions
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers Misplaced Modifiers
Clear placement of modifiers
Limiting modifiers
Squinting modifiers
Separation of subjects, verbs, and objects
Separation of Parts of infinitives or verb phrases
Position of adverbs
Order of adjectives Dangling modifiers
Dangling modifiers
Mixed and Incomplete Sentences
Mixed Sentences
Mixed grammar
Mixed meaning (faulty predication)
Incomplete Sentences
Compound constructions
Careless omissions
Effective Sentences
Emphasizing Ideas
Using subjects and verbs effectively
Using sentence beginnings and endings
Arranging parallel elements effectively
Repeating ideas
Separating ideas
Being concise
Using Coordination and Subordination
Coordinating to relate equal ideas
Subordinating to distinguish main ideas
Choosing clear connectors
Using Parallelism
Using parallelism for coordinate elements
Using parallelism to increase coherence
Achieving Variety
Varying sentence length and structure
Varying sentence beginnings
Inverting the normal word order
Mixing types of sentences
Punctuation Chart
End Punctuation
The period
The question mark
The exclamation point
The Comma
Main clauses linked by coordinating conjunction
Introductory elements
Nonessential elements
Absolute phrases
Phrases expressing contrast
Series and coordinate adjectives
Dates, addresses, place names, long numbers
With quotations
To prevent misReading
Misuse and overuse
The Semicolon
Main clauses not joined by a coordinating conjunction
Main clauses related by a conjunctive adverb or transitional expression
Main clauses that are complicated or contain commas
Series items that are long or contain commas
Misuse and overuse
The Apostrophe
Misuse with noun plurals, verbs, and personal pronouns
Plurals of abbreviations, dates, and words or characters named as words
Quotation Marks Chart
Direct quotations
Quotation within a quotation
Titles of songs, short stories, etc
Words used in a special sense
Placement with other quotation marks
Other Punctuation Marks
The colon
The dash
The ellipsis mark
The slash
First word of a sentence
Titles of works
Pronoun I and interjectionO
Proper nouns and adjectives
Titles before proper names
Misuses of capitals
Italics or Underlining
Titles of books and periodicals
Names of ships, aircraft, spacecraft, trains
Foreign words and phrases
Words, letters, and numbers named as words
For emphasis
In online communication
Titles before and after proper names
Familiar abbreviations and acronyms
BC, BCE, AD, CE, AM, PM, no and$
Latin abbreviations
Misuse with units of measurement, geographical names, etc
Numerals vs
For dates, addresses, etc
Beginning sentences
Effective Words
Using Appropriate Language
Revising nonstandard dialect
Revising shortcuts of online communication
Using slang only when appropriate
Using colloquial language only when appropriate
Revising neologisms
Using technical words with care
Revising indirect or pretentious writing
Revising sexist and other biased language
Using Exact Language
Using a dictionary and a thesaurus
Using the right word for your meaning
Balancing the abstract and concrete, the general and specific
Using idioms
Using figurative language
Using fresh expressions
Writing Concisely
Focusing on subject and verb
Cutting or shortening empty words and phrases
Cutting unnecessary repetition
Reducing clauses to phrases, phrases to single words
Eliminatingthere is, here is andit is constructions
Combining sentences
Rewriting jargon
Spelling and the Hyphen
Recognizing typical spelling problems
Following spelling rules
Developing spelling skills
Using the hyphen to form or divide words
Research Writing
Planning a Research Project
Starting out
Finding a researchable subject and question
Developing a research strategy
Making a working, annotated bibliography
Finding Sources
Finding sources through your library's Web site
Searching electronically
Finding reference works
Finding books
Finding periodicals
Finding sources on the Web
Finding other online sources
Finding government publications
Finding images, audio, and video
Generating your own sources
Working with Sources
Evaluating sources
Synthesizing sources
Mining and interacting with sources
Using summary, paraphrase, and quotation
Integrating sources into your text
Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sources
Committing and detecting plagiarism on the Internet
Knowing what you need not acknowledge
Knowing what youmust acknowledge
Acknowledging online sources
Documenting sources
Writing the Paper
Developing a thesis statement
Creating a structure
Drafting the paper
Revising and editing the paper
Preparing and proofReading the final draft
Using MLA Documentation and Format
Using MLA in-text citations
Preparing the MLA list of works cited
Using MLA document format
Two Research Papers in MLA Style
The False Promise of Green Consumerism"
Annie Dillard's Healing Visio
Writing In The Academic Disciplines
Working with the Goals and Requirementsof the Disciplines
Using methods and evidence
Understanding writing assignments
Using tools and language
Following styles for source citations and document format
Reading and Writing About Literature
Using the methods and evidence of literary analysis
Understanding writing assignments in literature
Using the tools and language of literary analysis
Citing sources and formatting documents in writing about literature
Drafting and revising a literary analysis
Sample analysis of a short story
Writing about fiction, poetry, and drama
Sample analysis of a poem
Sample analysis of a play
Writing in Other Humanities
Using the methods and evidence of the humanities
Understanding writing assignments in the humanities
Using the tools and language of the humanities
Citing sources in Chicago style
Formatting documents in Chicago style
Writing in the Social Sciences
Using the methods and evidence of the social sciences
Understanding writing assignments in the social sciences
Using the tools and language of the social sciences
Citing sources in APA style
Formatting documents in APA style
Examining a sample social science paper
Writing in the Natural and Applied Sciences
Using the methods and evidence of the sciences
Understanding writing assignments in the sciences
Using the tools and language of the sciences
Citing sources in CSE style
Formatting documents in CSE style
Examining a sample science paper
Special Writing Situations
Essay Examinations
Preparing for an essay examination
Planning your time and your answer
Starting the essay
Developing the essay
Sample essay exams
ReReading the essay
Writing Online
Writing effective e-mail
Collaborating online
Creating effective Web compositions
Public Writing
Writing business letters and memos
Sample letter and memo
Writing a job application
Sample letter and résumés
Writing business reports and proposals
Sample report and proposal
Writing for community work
Sample flyer, newsletter, and brochure
Oral Presentations
Writing and speaking
Considering purpose and audience
Organizing the presentation
Delivering the presentation
Glossary of Usage
Glossary of Terms
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