Little, Brown Compact Handbook (with What Every Student Should Know About Using a Handbook) / Edition 6

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The most trusted and authoritative name in handbooks, The Little, Brown Compact Handbook is an easy-to-use reference that will answer any question you may have in grammar, writing, or research. 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 Compact Handbook will makes it easy to find what you need and use the information you find.
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Table of Contents

I. WRITING PROCESS

1. The Writing Situation

a. Assessment

b. Subject

c. Audience

d. Purpose

2. Invention

a. Journal keeping

b. Observing

c. Freewriting

d. Brainstorming

e. Clustering

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

f. Collaborating

g. Preparing a writing portfolio

6. Paragraphs

a. Unity

b. Coherence

c. Development

d. Introductions and conclusions

7. Document Design

a. Academic papers

b. Principles of design

c. Elements of design

d. Illustrations

e. Readers with disabilities

II. WRITING IN AND OUT OF COLLEGE

8. Academic Writing

a. Becoming an academic writer

b. Audience

c. Purpose

d. Structure and format

e. Language

9. Study Skills

a. Time management

b. Listening and note taking in class

c. Reading

d. Exams

10. Critical Thinking and Reading

a. Reading texts

b. Viewing images

11. Argument

a. Elements of argument

b. Reasonableness

c. Organization

d. Visual arguments

e. Sample argument

12. Online Writing

a. Electronic mail

b. Online collaboration

c. Web compositions

13. Oral Presentations

a. Organization

b. Delivery

14. Public Writing

a. Business letters and résumés

Sample letter and résumé

b. Memos, reports, and proposals

Sample memo, report, and proposal

c. Community work: flyers, newsletters, brochures

Sample flyer, newsletter, and brochure

III. 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 clauses and phrases

e. Cutting there is or it is

f. Combining sentences

g. Rewriting jargon

IV. SENTENCE PARTS AND PATTERNS

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. Subject and predicate

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

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+particle: 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. Inverted word order

j. Is, are, and other linking verbs

k. Titles and words being defined

PRONOUNS

30. Case

a. She and I vs. her and me

b. It was she vs. It was her

c. Who vs. whom

d. Other constructions

31. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

a. Antecedents with and

b. Antecedents 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. Definite it and they

e. Appropriate you

f. Consistency

MODIFIERS

33. Adjectives and Adverbs

a. Adjective vs. adverb

b. Adjective with linking verb: felt bad

c. Bigger, most talented, and other comparisons

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

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

V. 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, 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 quotations

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

VI. 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. Underlining or Italics

a. Underlining vs. italics

b. Titles of works

c. Names of vehicles

d. Foreign words

e. Words or characters named as words

f. Emphasis

g. 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

VII. 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. Searching electronically

b. Reference works

c. Books

d. Periodicals

e. The Web

f. Other online sources

g. Government publications

h. Images

i. 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. Plagiarism and the Internet

b. What not to acknowledge

c. What must be acknowledged

d. Online sources

e. Documenting sources

54. Writing the Paper

a. Focusing and organizing

b. Drafting, revising, and formatting

VIII. 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 analysis of a poem

57. Writing in Other Disciplines

a. Other 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 and Format

Index to models

a. Notes and works-cited entries

b. Models

61. CSE Documentation and Format

Index to models

a. Name-year citations

b. Numbered text citations

c. List of references

Glossary of Usage

Index

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