Little, Brown Compact Handbook with Exercises, The

Series
Pearson
Author
Jane E. Aaron  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
8
Language
English
Total pages
540
Pub.-date
November 2013
ISBN13
9781292040523
ISBN
1292040521
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The Little, Brown Compact Handbook with Exercises packages the authority and currency of its best-selling parent, The Little, Brown Handbook, in a briefer book with a spiral binding, tabbed dividers, and more than 150 exercises.

 

A bestseller since publication, The Little, Brown Compact Handbook with Exercises 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 with Exercises works as both a comprehensive classroom text and an accessible reference guide.

 

The Little, Brown Compact Handbook with Exercises has a sibling without exercises. Otherwise identical, both books build on their best-selling features with five emphases: (1) media-rich eText and iPad versions, including video tutorials, podcasts, sample documents, exercise, and checklists;(2)academic writing, including a new chapter on  joining the academic community, new coverage of genre, more on summary and academic integrity, and four new sample academic papers; (3) research writing, including new material on finding and evaluating Web sites, social-networking sites, blogs, wikis, and multimedia; (4) thorough and up-to-date documentation guidelines, including the most recent versions of MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles with models of new media in each style and new annotated sample sources; (5) thewriting process, including new material on genre and strengthened discussions of the thesis and paragraphs.

Features

  • A concise and authoritative reference, the handbook provides the help students need on the writing process, grammar, usage, research writing, and more.
  • An accessible reference, the handbook features helpful endpapers, convenient tabbed dividers, helpful summary and checklist boxes, and a clean, attractive page design. 
  • Meticulous attention to research writing across the disciplines emphasizes managing information, using the library as Web gateway, evaluating and synthesizing sources, avoiding plagiarism, and documenting sources.
  • A broad range of student academic writing includes an annotated MLA research paper and sample essays illustrating the writing process, academic writing, argument, writing about literature, and APA style.
  • Extensive presentation of critical thinking and argument includes techniques of critically reading texts and images, specific suggestions for writing arguments, and two sample student papers. 
  • Detailed help for students whose first language or dialect is not standard American English emphasizes both rhetorical and grammatical issues. It is thoroughly integrated into the text so that students can find what they need without knowing which problems they do and don’t share with native speakers. A convenient guide to the material provides advice for mastering SAE and pulls together all the integrated coverage in one place.
  •  Clear, cross-disciplinary examples and over 150 sets of exercises in connected discourse illustrate rhetorical and grammatical concepts with realistic college writing.
  • A unique approach to terminology includes transparent headings in the text and menus that avoid or explain terms and “Key terms” boxes in the text that provide essential definitions and thus minimize cross-references and page flipping.

New to this Edition

  • A rich media package accompanies both the e-text and iPad versions of this handbook. The resources are linked to specific text passages in both the print and the e-book versions:
    • Nearly 150 video tutorials illustrate key principles, offering tips and guidance on peer review, critical reading, evaluating sources, avoiding plagiarism, and many other topics.
    • Over 25 audio podcasts discuss common misconceptions about grammar, usage, punctuation, and mechanics and answer students’ frequent questions. 
    • Over 50 sample documents represent the wide range of writing that students do in composition as well as in their other courses, the workplace, and the community.
    • Over 100 exercises from the handbook as well as additional exercises in MyCompLab offer students opportunities to sharpen their writing, grammar, and research skills.
    • Over 20 editable checklists from the handbook allow students to adapt key summaries for their own use. 
  • More on academic writing:
    • A new Chapter 8, “Joining the Academic Community,” provides tips for succeeding in face-to-face and online classes and for writing responsibly in academic situations.
    • A new emphasis on genre helps students understand and negotiate the requirements of many academic-writing assignments.
    • Four new sample papers illustrate academic writing: a literacy narrative, critique of a text, a proposal argument, and a literary argument.   
    • The key topics of academic integrity, summarizing, synthesis, and avoiding plagiarism receive stress throughout the handbook.
    • A new chapter on essay exams gives helpful tips for writing under pressure and includes an annotated sample exam.
  • More on research writing and documentation:
    • A revised chapter on avoiding plagiarism and documenting sources provides even more examples of deliberate and accidental plagiarism, new examples of material that must be cited, and updated advice about avoiding plagiarism with online sources.
    • Comprehensive discussion of finding and evaluating online sources—Web sites, social-networking sites, blogs, wikis, multimedia—helps students discern purposes and distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources.
    • Updated, annotated samples of key source types illustrate MLA and APA documentation, showing students how to find and format the bibliographical information they need for each type.
    • Updated source lists provide reliable starting points for research in every discipline.
  • More on the writing process:
    • A new emphasis on genre as a key element of every writing situation, affecting content, format, and readers’ expectations.
    • Expanded discussion of thesis covers developing a thesis question and moving from the question to a thesis statement.
    • A new informative paper on college football shows techniques for achieving whole-essay unity and coherence.
    • The revised chapter on paragraphs opens with a discussion of relating paragraphs in the essay, expands on the discussion of coherence, and includes many new examples.
    • A new, comprehensive chapter on presenting writing covers designing print and electronic documents, creating and using visuals and other media in multi-modal writing projects, and giving oral presentations.
  • More on visual and media literacy:
    • The new chapter on presenting writing and the chapter on finding research sources give practical tips for creating, selecting, and integrating visuals and multimedia into college writing projects, and writing for the Web.
    • Thorough discussions of critically reading advertisements, graphs, and other visuals appear in the chapters on critical reading, reading arguments, and working with sources.
    • Illustrations in many of the sample papers show various ways to support written ideas with visual information.
  • More on usage, grammar, and punctuation:
    • For culturally and linguistically diverse writers, revised notes throughout the handbook simplify language and add sentence examples. New notes cover oral presentations, plagiarism, and reading aloud.
    • The revised chapter on effective words includes many fresh examples, discusses and illustrates online dictionaries and thesauruses, and helps students avoid the shortcuts of online communication in academic writing.
  • The new Instructor Support Site will provide instructor resources that make it easier to teach from the Little, Brown Handbook. The site will also offer teaching support: author videos and a blog where instructors teaching from Little, Brown can trade notes, share assignments and discuss their teaching with each other.

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

______________________________________

   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 + 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   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