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LB Brief offers the authority and currency of its best-selling parent, The Little, Brown Handbook, in two briefer, spiral-bound formats (one with tabs and one without tabs) at affordable prices.

As in its previous edition, LB Brief provides students of varying skills and interests with clear, reliable, and accessible explanations of handbook basics–the writing process, grammar and usage, and research writing. The Fourth Edition builds on the handbook’s usefulness with four main emphases: (1) reading and writing across the curriculum, including an expanded chapter on academic writing, showing students how to write in response to texts, and more coverage of argument, with information on how to handle opposing views and strengthen an ethical appeal; (2) research writing, including expanded discussions on how to find and evaluate print and Web sources, and a new research-paper-in-progress; (3) up-to-date documentation guidelines, including the most recent revisions to MLA and APA documentation styles, with numerous models of new media in each style and new annotated sample sources; (4) more writing process instruction, including a new student work-in-progress and new discussions of voice in writing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205762767
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 1/18/2010
  • Series: Aaron Little, Brown Franchise Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


1. The Writing Situation.

2. Invention.
Journal keeping.
Asking questions.
Thinking critically.

3. Thesis and Organization.
Thesis statement.

4. Drafting.
Maintaining momentum.
Sample first draft.

5. Revising and Editing.
Revising as a whole.
Sample revision.
Formatting; proofreading.
Sample editing; final draft.
Assembling a writing portfolio.

6. Paragraphs.
Central idea; unity.
Introductions and conclusions.
Linking paragraphs.

7. Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing.
Critical thinking and reading.
Critical writing.

8. Writing Arguments.
Elements of argument.
Writing reasonably.
Organizing an argument.
Sample argument.


9. Essential Computer Skills.
Managing files.
Spelling checkers and other tools.
Electronic mail.
The Web.

10. Document Design.
Principles of design.
Elements of design.
Sample report and newsletter.

11. Web Composition.
Online papers.
Original sites.


12. Emphasis.
Subjects and verbs.
Order of information.

13. Parallelism.
With and, but, or, nor, yet.
With both...and, not...but, etc.
In comparisons.
With lists, headings, and outlines.

14. Variety and Details.
Sentence length.
Sentence structure.

15. Appropriate and Exact Words.
Appropriate words.
Exact words.

16. Completeness.
Needed words.

17. Conciseness.
Focusing on subject and verb.
Cutting empty words.
Cutting repetition.
Tightening clauses and phrases.
Cutting there is or it is.
Combining sentences.
Avoiding jargon.


Basic Grammar.

18. Parts of Speech.
Adjectives and adverbs.
Prepositions and conjunctions.

19. The Sentence.
Subject and predicate.
Predicate patterns.
Alternates to subject-predicate order.

20. Phrases and Subordinate Clauses.
Subordinate clauses.

21. Sentence Types.
Simple sentences.
Compound sentences.
Complex sentences.
Compound-complex sentences.


22. Forms.
Sing/sang/sung and other irregular verbs.
Sit/set; lie/lay; rise/raise.
-s and -ed forms.
Be, have, and other helping verbs.
Verb + gerund or infinitive: stop eating vs. stop to eat ESL.
Verb + particle: look up, look over, etc. ESL.

23. Tenses.
Present tense: sing.
Perfect tenses: have/had/will have sung.
Progressive tenses: is/was/will be singing.

24. Mood.
Subjunctive: I wish I were.

25. Voice.
Active vs. passive.

26. Subject-Verb Agreement.
-s and -es endings.
Intervening words.
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.
Titles, etc.


27. Case.
She and I vs. her and me.
It was she vs. It was her.
Who vs. whom.
Other constructions.

28. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement.
Antecedents with and.
Antecedents with or or nor.
Everyone, person, and other indefinite words.
Team and other collective nouns.

29. Pronoun Reference.
Clear reference.
Close reference.
Specific reference.


30. Adjectives and Adverbs.
Adjective vs. adverb.
Adjective with linking verb: felt bad.
Bigger, most talented, and other comparisons.
Double negatives.
Present and past participles: boring vs. bored/D ESL.
A, an, the, and other determiners ESL.

31. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers.
Misplaced modifiers.
Dangling modifiers.

Sentence Faults.

32. Fragments.
Acceptable fragments.

33. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences.
Main clauses without and, but, etc.
Main clauses with however, for example, etc.

34. Mixed Sentences.
Reason is because and other mixed meanings.
Tangled grammar.
Repeated subjects and other parts ESL.


35. End Punctuation.
Question Mark.
Exclamation point.

36. Comma.
Main clauses with and, but, etc.
Introductory elements.
Nonessential elements.
Items in a series.
Two or more adjectives.
Dates, etc.
With quotations.

37. Semicolon.
Main clauses without and, but, etc.
Main clauses with however, for example, etc.
Main clauses or series items with commas.

38. Colon.
Concluding explanation, series, etc.
Salutation, title and subtitle, etc.

39. Apostrophe.
Possessive case.
Plurals of abbreviations, etc.

40. Quotation Marks.
Direct quotations.
Within quotations.
Poetry and prose.
Titles of works.
Words used in a special sense.
With other punctuation.

41. Other Marks.
Dash or dashes.
Ellipsis mark.


42. Spelling.

43. Hyphen.

44. Capital Letters.

45. Underlining or Italics.

46. Abbreviations.

47. Numbers.


48. Research Strategy.
Research journal.
Researchable topic and question.
Goals for the search.
Working bibliography.

49. Finding Sources.
Keyword searches.
Reference works.
The World Wide Web.
Other online sources.
Pamphlets and government publications.
Primary research.

50. Working with Sources.
Evaluating sources.
Synthesizing sources.
Taking notes (summary, paraphrase, quotation).
Avoiding plagiarism.
Integrating sources.
Documenting sources.

51. Writing the Paper.
Focusing; organizing.
Drafting; revising; formatting.

52. MLA Documentation and Format.
Indexes to models.
Parenthetical text.
List of works cited.
Format of paper.
Sample paper.

53. APA Documentation and Format.
Indexes to models.
Parenthetical text citations.
List of resources.
Format of paper.
Sample paper.

54. Columbia Documentation for Online Sources.
Indexes to models.
Online sources for the humanities.
Online sources for the sciences.


55. Reading and Writing About Literature.

56. Writing for Business.

Glossary of Usage.


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