The Little, Brown Handbook

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  • Edition: 14th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-03-13
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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For courses in English Composition.


The platinum standard of handbooks┐┐ – unmatched in accuracy, currency, and reliability

The Little, Brown Handbook is an essential reference tool designed to help readers find the answers they need quickly and easily. While keeping pace with rapid changes in writing and its teaching, this meticulous handbook combines comprehensive research and documentation ┐┐with grammar coverage that is second to none. Incorporating detailed discussions of critical reading, media literacy, academic writing, argument, and much more, The Little, Brown Handbook is an accurate, reliable, and accessible resource for writers of varying experience levels and in a variety of fields. The 14th Edition includes over 90 new student samples, new learning objectives, updates to MLA and Chicago style, a new chapter on writing about literature, and more.


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Author Biography

Dr. H. Ramsey Fowler served from 1980-1999 as dean of University College at The University of Memphis and from 1968-1980 as a faculty member in the English Department. From 1970-1978 he directed the freshman and sophomore English program and from 1978-1980, The Greater Memphis Writing Project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Currently, he directs the Master of Liberal Arts program and the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at St. Edward’s University and teaches in both these programs. In addition, he is joint – and was the original – author of The Little, Brown Handbook.


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


Michael Greer teaches writing, editing, and publishing in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He also teaches courses in multimedia, online course design, and assessment for the Graduate Certificate in Online Writing Instruction at UA, Little Rock. Michael edits the journal Research in Online Literacy Education and is a founding member of the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators. He publishes and presents on topics including user-centered design, interactive media, and digital publishing. Michael serves as a faculty advisor and author for Gadget Software, where he is helping to design and develop a mobile learning platform. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Table of Contents

I. The Process of Writing

1. Assessing the Writing Situation

2. Discovering and Shaping Ideas

3. Drafting, Revising, and Editing

4. Writing and Revising Paragraphs

5. Presenting Writing


II. Reading and Writing In and Out of College

6. Writing in Academic Situations

7. Critical Reading and Writing

8. Reading Arguments Critically

9. Writing an Argument

10. Taking Essay Exams

11. Public Writing


III. Grammatical Sentences

12. Understanding Sentence Grammar

13. Case of Nouns and Pronouns

14. Verbs

15. Agreement

16. Adjectives and Adverbs


IV. Clear Sentences

17. Sentence Fragments

18. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

19. Pronoun Reference

20. Shifts

21. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

22. Mixed and Incomplete Sentences


V. Effective Sentences

23. Emphasizing Ideas

24. Using Coordination and Subordination

25. Using Parallelism

26. Achieving Variety


VI. Punctuation

27. End Punctuation

28. The Comma

29. The Semicolon

30. The Apostrophe

31. Quotation Marks

32. Other Punctuation Marks


VII. Mechanics

33. Capitals

34. Italics or Underlining

35. Abbreviations

36. Numbers


VIII. Effective Words

37. Using Appropriate Language

38. Using Exact Language

39. Writing Concisely

40. Spelling and the Hyphen


IX. Research Writing

41. Planning a Research Project

42. Finding Sources

43. Working with Sources

44. Avoiding Plagiarism

45. Writing the Paper

46. Using MLA Documentation and Format

47. Two Research Papers in MLA Format


X. Writing in the Academic Disciplines

48. Reading and Writing about Literature

49. Writing in Other Humanities

50. Writing in the Social Sciences

51. Writing in the Natural and Applied Sciences

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