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The Little, Brown Compact Handbook (2003)

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Concise and accessible, The Little Brown Compact Handbook helps writers find what they need and then use what they find. One of the best–selling tabbed handbooks on the market, it provides complete, authoritative coverage of writing, research and grammar, with detailed discussions of critical thinking and argument, using computers and the Internet for writing and research, the latest guidelines for citing sources correctly in MLA, APA, CMS, CSE and COS styles, and writing in the disciplines. Accompanied by the CompSolutions Plus Interactive Ebook of the text, The Little Brown Compact Handbook retains all the hallmarks that has made it a bestseller over the years while continuing to meet the needs of a new generation of writers.

Book News Annotation:

This writer's handbook begins with an overview of the composition process, followed by detailed treatments of issues of clarity and style, sentence mechanics, spelling and punctuation, and research and documentation. Particular attention is also given to the use of computers, literary analysis, and business writing. Plastic comb binding.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Table of Contents

I. The Writing Process.
1. The Writing Situation.

Assessment.

Subject.

Audience.

Purpose.

Academic writing.

2. Invention.

Journal keeping.

Observing.

Freewriting.

Brainstorming.

Clustering.

Asking Questions.

Reading.

Thinking Critically.

3. Thesis and Organization.

Thesis statement.

Organization.

4. Drafting.

Starting.

Maintaining Momentum.

Sample First Draft.

5. Revising and Editing.

Revising. @AHEADS = Sample Revision.

Editing.

Formatting; Proofreading.

Sample Final Draft.

Collaborating.

Preparing a Writing Portfolio.

6. Paragraphs.

Unity.

Coherence.

Development.

Introductions and Conclusions.

7. Critical Thinking and Argument.

Critical Thinking and Reading.

Critically Viewing Images.

Elements of Argument.

Writing Reasonably.

Organizing an Argument.

Sample Argument.

II. COMPUTERS IN WRITING.

8. Key Computer Skills.

Word Processing.

Spelling Checkers and Other Tools.

Electronic Mail.

The Web.

9. Document Design.

Principles of Design.

Elements of Design.

Sample Report and Newsletter.

10. Web Composition.

Web Compositions vs. Printed Documents.

HTML.

Online Papers.

Original Sites.

III. CLARITY AND STYLE.

11. Emphasis.

Effective Subjects and Verbs.

Sentence Beginnings and Endings.

Coordination.

Subordination.

12. Parallelism.

With and, but, or, nor, yet.

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

In Comparisons.

With Lists, Headings, and Outlines.

13. Variety and Details.

Sentence Length.

Sentence Structure.

Details.

14. Appropriate and Exact Words.

Appropriate Language.

Exact Language.

15. Completeness.

Compounds.

Needed Words.

16. Conciseness.

Focusing on Subject and Verb.

Cutting Empty Words.

Cutting Repetition.

Reducing Clauses and Phrases.

Cutting there is or it is.

Combining Sentences.

Rewriting Jargon.

IV. SENTENCE PARTS AND PATTERNS.

Basic Grammar.

17. Parts of Speech.

Nouns.

Pronouns.

Verbs.

Adjectives and Adverbs.

Prepositions and Conjunctions.

Interjections.

18. The Sentence.

Subject and Predicate.

Predicate Patterns.

19. Phrases and Subordinate Clauses.

Phrases.

Subordinate Clauses.

20. Sentence Types.

Simple Sentences.

Compound Sentences.

Complex Sentences.

Compound-Complex Sentences.

Verbs.

21. 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.

Verb + Particle: Look Up, Look Over, etc.

22. Tenses.

Present Tense: sing.

Perfect Tenses: have/had/will have sung.

Progressive Tenses: is/was/will be singing.

Consistency.

Sequence.

23. Mood.

Subjunctive: I wish I were.

Consistency.

24. Voice.

Active vs. Passive.

Consistency.

25. 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.

Pronouns.

26. Case.

She and I vs. her and me.

It was she vs. It was her.

Who vs. whom.

Other Constructions.

27. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement.

Antecedents with and.

Antecedents with or or nor.

Everyone, person, and Other Indefinite Words.

Team and Other Collective Nouns.

28. Pronoun Reference.

Clear Reference.

Close Reference.

Specific Reference.

Definite it and they.

Appropriate you.

Consistency.

Modifiers.

29. 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.

A, an, the, and Other Determiners.

30. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers.

Misplaced Modifiers.

Dangling Modifiers.

Sentence Faults.

31. Fragments.

Tests.

Revision.

Acceptable Fragments.

32. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences.

Main Clauses without and, but, etc.

Main Clauses with however, for example, etc.

33. Mixed Sentences.

Reason is because and Other Mixed Meanings.

Tangled Grammar.

Repeated Subjects and Other Parts.

V. PUNCTUATION.

34. End Punctuation.

Period.

Question Mark.

Exclamation Point.

35. Comma.

Main clauses with and, but, etc.

Introductory Elements.

Nonessential Elements.

Items in a Series.

Two or More Adjectives.

Dates, etc.

With Quotations.

Misuses.

36. Semicolon.

Main Clauses without and, but, etc.

Main Clauses with however, for example, etc.

Main Clauses or Series Items with Commas.

Misuses.

37. Colon.

Concluding Explanation, Series, etc.

Salutation, Title and Subtitle, etc.

Misuses.

38. Apostrophe.

Possessive Case.

Misuses.

Contractions.

Plurals of Abbreviations, etc.

39. Quotation Marks.

Direct Quotations.

Within Quotations.

Titles of Works.

Words Used in a Special Sense.

Misuses

With Other Punctuation

40. Other Marks.

Dash or Dashes.

Parentheses.

Ellipsis Mark.

Brackets.

Slash.

VI. SPELLING AND MECHANICS.

41. Spelling.

Typical Problems.

Rules.

42. Hyphen.

Compound Words.

Word Division at Ends of Lines.

43. Capital Letters.

First Word of Sentence.

Proper Nouns and Adjectives.

Titles of Works.

Titles of Persons.

Online Communication.

44. Underlining or Italics.

Underlining vs. Italics.

Titles of Works.

Names of Vehicles.

Foreign Words.

Words Being Defined, etc.

Emphasis.

Online Communication.

45. Abbreviations.

Titles with Proper Names.

Familiar Abbreviations.

BC, AM, etc.

Latin Abbreviations.

Inc., Bros., Co., &.

Units of Measurement, Names, etc.

46. Numbers.

Numerals vs. Words.

Days, Addresses, etc.

Beginning Sentences.

VII. RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION.

47. Research Strategy.

Planning.

Research Journal.

Researchable Subject and Question.

Goals for Sources.

Working Bibliography.

48. Finding Sources.

Searching Electronically.

Reference Works.

Books.

Periodicals.

The Web.

Other Online Sources.

Pamphlets and Government Publications.

Your Own Sources.

49. Working with Sources.

Evaluating Sources.

Synthesizing Sources

Gathering Information.

Using Summary, Paraphrase, and Quotation.

Integrating Sources.

50. Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sources.

Plagiarism and the Internet.

What Not to Acknowledge.

What Must be Acknowledged.

Online Sources.

Documenting Ssources.

51. Writing the Paper.

Focusing; Organizing.

Drafting; Revising; Formatting.

52. MLA Documentation and Format.

Indexes to Models.

Parenthetical Text Citations.

List of Works Cited.

Format of Paper.

Sample Paper.

53. APA Documentation and Format.

Indexes to Models.

Parenthetical Text Citations.

List of References.

Format of Paper.

Sample Paper.

54. Chicago Documentation.

Index to Models.

Notes and Works-Cited Entries

Models

55. CSE Documentation.

Index to Models.

Name-Year Text Citations.

Numbered Text Citations.

List of References

VIII. SPECIAL WRITING SITUATIONS.

56. Reading and Writing About Literature.

Reading Literature.

Analyzing Literature.

Two Literary Works and Sample Papers.

57. Writing for Business.

Letters and Résum”s.

Memos.

Electronic Communication.

Glossary of Usage.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780321104953
Author:
Aaron, Jane E
Publisher:
Longman
Author:
Aaron, Jane E.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Grammar
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Academic
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Copyright:
Edition Number:
5
Series:
MyCompLab Series
Series Volume:
v. 4
Publication Date:
20050323
Binding:
Miscellaneous printed material
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
542
Dimensions:
8.9 x 6.6 x 1 in 680 gr

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