Little, Brown Essential Handbook

ISBN-10: 0321331591
ISBN-13: 9780321331595
Edition: 5th 2006
Authors: Jane E. Aaron
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Book details

List price: $27.60
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

The Little, Brown Essential Handbook, Fifth Edition, offers the currency and authority of The Little, Brown Handbook in a brief, spiralbound format. This easy-to-use reference clearly and concisely answers questions about the writing process, grammar, punctuation, research writing, documentation, and more.

Finding What You Need
Introduction: The Process of Writing
The writing situation
Development and focus
Revision
Source documentation
Editing and proofreading
Effective Sentences: Checklist
Emphasis
Subjects and verbs
Sentence beginnings and endings
Coordination
Subordination
Conciseness
Focusing on subject and verb
Cutting empty words
Cutting unneeded repetition
Reducing clauses and phrases
Cutting there is or it is
Combining sentences
Parallelism
With and, but, or, nor, yet
With both...and, either...or, etc.
With lists, headings, outlines
Variety and Details
Varied sentence lengths and structures
Details
Appropriate Words
Nonstandard dialect
Slang
Colloquial language
Technical words
Indirect and pretentious writing
Sexist and other biased language
Exact Words
Right word for meaning
Concrete and specific words
Idioms
Cliches
Grammatical Sentences: Checklist
Verbs
Forms
Sing/sang/sung and other irregular verbs
Helping verbs
Verb + gerund or infinitive
Verb + particle
Tenses
Present tense (sing)
Perfect tenses (have/had/will have sung)
Consistency
Sequence
Mood
Subjunctive (I wish I were)
Consistency
Voice
She wrote it (active) vs. It was written (passive)
Consistency
Subject-Verb Agreement
-s ending for noun or verb
Words between subject and verb
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
Pronouns
Forms
She and I vs. her and me
It was she vs. It was her
Who vs. whom
Other constructions
Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
Antecedents with and
Antecedents with or or nor
Everyone, person, and other indefinite words
Team and other collective nouns
Pronoun Reference
Single antecedent
Close antecedent
Specific antecedent
Consistency
Modifiers
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
Articles: a, an, the
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Misplaced modifiers
Dangling modifiers
Sentence Faults
Fragments
Tests
Revision
Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
Main clauses without and, but, etc.
Main clauses related by however, for example, etc.
Punctuation: Checklist
The Comma
And, but, or, nor, for, so, yet
Introductory elements
Interrupting and concluding elements
Series
Adjectives
Dates, addresses, place names, numbers
Quotations
The Semicolon
Main clauses
However, for example, etc.
Series
The Colon
For introduction
Salutations, titles and subtitles, time
The Apostrophe
Possessives
Misuses: plural noun, singular verb, personal pronoun
Contractions
Plural abbreviations, etc.
Quotation Marks
Direct quotations
Titles of works
Words used in a special sense
With other punctuation
End Punctuation
Period
Question mark
Exclamation point
Other Marks
Dash or dashes
Parentheses
Ellipsis mark
Brackets
Slash
Spelling and Mechanics: Checklist
Spelling and the Hyphen
Spelling checkers
Spelling rules
The hyphen
Capital Letters
First word of sentence
Proper nouns and adjectives
Titles and subtitles of works
Titles of persons
Online communication
Underlining or Italics
Underlining vs. italics
Titles of works
Ships, aircraft, spacecraft, trains
Foreign words and phrases
Words or characters named as words
Online alternatives
Abbreviations
Familiar abbreviations
Latin abbreviations
Words usually spelled out
Numbers
Numerals, not words
Words, not numerals
Research and Documentation: Checklist
Research Strategy
Subject, question, thesis
Goals for sources
Information gathering
Working bibliography
Finding Sources
Electronic searches
Reference works
Books
Periodicals
The Web
Online communication
Government publications
Your own sources
Evaluating and Synthesizing Sources
Evaluation
Synthesis
Integrating Sources into Your Text
Summary, paraphrase, direct quotation
Introduction and interpretation of source material
Clear boundaries for source material
Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sources
Plagiarism and the Internet
What not to acknowledge
What must be acknowledged
Online sources
Source documentation
MLA Documentation and Format
Parenthetical text citations
List of works cited
Paper format
Sample pages
APA Documentation and Format
Parenthetical text citations
Reference list
Paper format
Sample pages
Chicago Documentation and Format
Notes and list of works cited
Models
Paper format
Sample pages
CSE Documentation
Name-year text citations
Numbered text citations
Reference list
Special Writing Situations
Designing Documents
Academic papers
Clear and effective documents
Writing Online
Electronic mail
Web composition
Making Oral Presentations
Organization
Delivery
Writing for Business
Job-application letter
Resume
Memo
Glossary of Usage
Glossary of Terms
Index

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