Little, Brown Compact Handbook / Edition 8

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Overview

The Little, Brown Compact Handbook provides reliable and thorough coverage of handbook basics--the writing process, grammar and usage, research and documentation--while also giving detailed discussions of critical reading, academic writing, argument, writing in the disciplines, and public writing. Widely used by both experienced and inexperienced writers, The Little, Brown Compact Handbook works as both a comprehensive classroom text and an accessible reference guide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205236602
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 12/30/2011
  • Series: Aaron Little, Brown Franchise Series
  • Edition description: Indexed
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 94,585
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface for Students

Preface for Instructors

PART 1 THE WRITING PROCESS

1 The Writing Situation

a Assessment

b Subject

c Purpose

d Audience

e Genre

2 Invention

a Journal keeping

b Observing

c Freewriting

d Brainstorming

e Drawing

f Asking questions

3 Thesis and Organization

a Thesis statement

b Organization

4 Drafting

a Starting to draft

b Maintaining momentum

c Sample first draft

5 Revising and Editing

a Revising the whole essay

b Sample revision

c Editing the revised draft

d Formatting and proofreading

e SAMPLE FINAL DRAFT (RESPONSE ESSAY)

f Collaborating

g Preparing a writing portfolio

6 Paragraphs

a Relating paragraphs in the essay

b Unity

c Coherence

d Development

e Introductions and conclusions

7 Presenting Writing

a Academic writing

SAMPLE MARKETING REPORT

b Visuals and other media

c Web writing

SAMPLE WEB SITE

SAMPLE PAPER ON A BLOG

PART 2 WRITING IN AND OUT OF COLLEGE

8 Joining the Academic Community

a Getting the most from college courses

b Becoming an academic writer

c Developing academic integrity

d Communicating in an academic setting

9 Critical Thinking and Reading

a Techniques of critical reading

b Summarizing

c Developing a critical response

d Viewing visuals critically

10 Academic Writing

a Purpose, audience, and genre

b Writing in response to texts

c Structure and content

d Language

e SAMPLE CRITICAL RESPONSE

11 Argument

a Elements of argument

b Reasonableness

c Organization

d Visual arguments

e SAMPLE ARGUMENT

12 Essay Exams

a Preparing

b Planning

c Starting

d Developing

SAMPLE ESSAY EXAM

e Rereading

13 Oral Presentations

a Organization

b Delivery

SAMPLE POWERPOINT SLIDES

14 Public Writing

a Business letters and résumés

SAMPLE LETTER AND RÉSUMÉS

b Memos, reports, and proposals

SAMPLE MEMO AND REPORT

c Community work

SAMPLE FLYER AND NEWSLETTER

PART 3 CLARITY AND STYLE

15 Emphasis

a Effective subjects and verbs

b Sentence beginnings and endings

c Coordination

d Subordination

16 Parallelism

a With and, but, or, nor, yet

b With both . . . and, not . . . but, etc.

c In comparisons

d With lists, headings, and outlines

17 Variety and Details

a Sentence length

b Sentence structure

c Details

18 Appropriate and Exact Language

a Appropriate language

b Exact language

19 Completeness

a Compounds

b Needed words

20 Conciseness

a Focusing on subject and verb

b Cutting empty words

c Cutting repetition

d Reducing modifiers

e Revising there is or it is

f Combining sentences

g Rewriting jargon

PART 4 SENTENCE PARTS AND PATTERNS

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BASIC GRAMMAR

21 Parts of Speech

a Nouns

b Pronouns

c Verbs

d Adjectives and adverbs

e Prepositions and conjunctions

f Interjections

22 The Sentence

a Subjects and predicates

b Predicate patterns

23 Phrases and Subordinate Clauses

a Phrases

b Subordinate clauses

24 Sentence Types

a Simple sentences

b Compound sentences

c Complex sentences

d Compound-complex sentences

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VERBS

25 Forms

a Sing/sang/sung and other irregular verbs

b Sit/set, lie/lay, rise/raise

c -s and -ed forms

d Be, have, and other helping verbs

e Verb + gerund or infinitive: stop eating vs. stop to eat

f Verb + participle: look up, look over, etc.

26 Tenses

a Present tense: sing

b Perfect tenses: have/had/will have sung

c Progressive tenses: is/was/will be singing

d Consistency

e Sequence

27 Mood

a Subjunctive: I wish I were

b Consistency

28 Voice

a She wrote it (active) vs. It was written (passive)

b Consistency

29 Subject-Verb Agreement

a -s and -es endings

b Intervening words

c Subjects with and

d Subjects with or or nor

e Everyone and other indefinite pronouns

f Team and other collective nouns

g Who, which, that

h News and other singular nouns ending in -s

i Verb preceding subject

j Is, are, and other linking verbs

k Titles and words being defined

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PRONOUNS

30 Case

a She and I vs. her and me

b It was she

c Who vs. whom

d Other constructions

31 Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

a Antecedents with and

b Antecedent with or or nor

c Everyone, person, and other indefinite words

d Team and other collective nouns

32 Pronoun Reference

a Clear reference

b Close reference

c Specific reference

d Appropriate you

e Consistency

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MODIFIERS

33 Adjectives and Adverbs

a Adjective vs. adverb

b Adjective with linking verb: felt bad

c Comparatives (bigger) and superlatives (biggest)

d Double negatives

e Present and past participles: boring vs. bored

f A, an, the, and other determiners

34 Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

a Misplaced modifiers

b Dangling modifiers

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SENTENCE FAULTS

35 Fragments

a Tests

b Revision

c Acceptable fragments

36 Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

a Main clauses without and, but, etc.

b Main clauses with however, for example, etc.

37 Mixed Sentences

a Reason is because and other mixed meanings

b Tangled grammar

c Repeated subjects and other parts

PART 5 PUNCTUATION

38 End Punctuation

a Period

b Question mark

c Exclamation point

39 Comma

a Main clauses with and, but, etc.

b Introductory elements

c Nonessential elements

d Items in a series

e Two or more adjectives

f Dates, addresses, place names, long numbers

g With quotations

h Misuses

40 Semicolon

a Main clauses without and, but, etc.

b Main clauses with however, for example, etc.

c Main clauses or series items with commas

d Misuses

41 Colon

a Concluding explanation, series, etc.

b Salutation, title and subtitle, time

c Misuses

42 Apostrophe

a Possession

b Misuses

c Contractions

d Plural abbreviations, etc.

43 Quotation Marks

a Direct quotations

b Within a quotation

c Dialog

d Titles of works

e Words used in a special sense

f Misuses

g With other punctuation

44 Other Marks

a Dash or dashes

b Parentheses

c Ellipsis mark

d Brackets

e Slash

PART 6 SPELLING AND MECHANICS

45 Spelling and the Hyphen

a Typical spelling problems

b Spelling rules

c The hyphen

46 Capital Letters

a First word of sentence

b Proper nouns and adjectives

c Titles of works

d Online communication

47 Italics or Underlining

a Titles and subtitles of works

b Names of vehicles

c Foreign words

d Words or characters named as words

e Emphasis

f Online communication

48 Abbreviations

a Titles with proper names

b Familiar abbreviations

c BC, BCE, AD, CE, AM, PM, no., $

d Latin abbreviations

e Inc., Bros., Co., &

f Units of measurement, names, etc.

49 Numbers

a Numerals vs. words

b Dates, addresses, etc.

c Beginning sentences

PART 7 RESEARCH WRITING

50 Research Strategy

a Planning

b Research journal

c Researchable subject and question

d Goals for sources

e Working, annotated bibliography

51 Finding Sources

a Your library’s Web site

b Searching electronically

c Reference works

d Books

e Periodicals

f The Web

g Social media

h Government publications

i Visuals, audio, video

j Your own sources

52 Working with Sources

a Evaluating sources

b Synthesizing sources

c Gathering information

d Using summary, paraphrase, quotation

e Integrating sources

53 Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sources

a Deliberate and accidental plagiarism

b What not to acknowledge

c What must be acknowledged

d Obtaining permission

e Documenting sources

54 Writing the Paper

a Focusing and organizing

b Drafting, revising, editing, and formatting

PART 8 WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES

55 Goals and Requirements of the Disciplines

a Methods and evidence

b Writing assignments

c Tools and language

d Documentation and format

56 Reading and Writing about Literature

a Methods and evidence

b Writing assignments

c Tools and language

d Documentation and format

e SAMPLE LITERARY ANALYSIS

57 Writing in Other Disciplines

a Humanities

b Social sciences

c Natural and applied sciences

58 MLA Documentation and Format

Indexes to models
a Parenthetical text citations

b List of works cited

c Format of paper

d SAMPLE MLA PAPER

59 APA Documentation and Format

Indexes to models

a Parenthetical text citations

b List of references

c Format of paper

d SAMPLE APA PAPER

60 Chicago Documentation

Index to models

a Notes and bibliography entries

b Models

61 CSE Documentation

Index to models

a Name-year citations

b Numbered text citations

c List of references

GLOSSARY OF USAGE

INDEX

CULTURE-LANGUAGE GUIDE

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