Little, Brown Essential Handbook, The, 9th edition

  • Jane E. Aaron

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For first-year composition and undergraduate courses across the curriculum.

Cross-curricular outlook, straightforward presentation, essential coverage.

The Little, Brown Essential Handbook is brief, accessible, and pocket-sized--answering questions about the writing process, grammar and usage, researching writing, documentation, and writing in different disciplines. Through clear explanations and examples, minimal terminology, and specific tips for ESL writers, the text helps students at all levels of learning. Extensive sections on academic writing, research writing, source documentation, and document design support writers in all disciplines. The 9th Edition provides a better educational experience for instructors and students, with annotated examples of student writing and complete discussions of four major documentation styles, including MLA, APA, CMS, and CSE.

Now available! Free copy of the Pearson Guide to the 2021 MLA Handbook

Download your free copy, for use with this title. Contents include:

  • What Is MLA Documentation Style?
  • The Basic Principles of Documenting
  • A Three-Step Process for Documenting Sources
  • Creating Your Works-Cited List
  • Creating In-Text Citations
  • Researching Online
  • Sample Works-Cited List

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2018

ISBN-13: 9780137506088

Subject: Composition

Category: Handbooks



  1. Academic writing
  2. The writing situation
  3. The writing processes
  4. Paragraphs
  5. Presenting writing


  1. Critical analysis
  2. Argument
  3. Literary analysis
  4. Informative writing
  5. Oral presentations


  1. Emphasis
  2. Conciseness
  3. Parallelism
  4. Variety and details
  5. Appropriate words
  6. Exact words


  1. Verb forms
  2. Verb tenses
  3. Verb mood
  4. Verb Voice
  5. Agreement of subject and verb
  6. Pronoun forms
  7. Agreement of pronoun and antecedent
  8. Reference of pronoun to antecedent
  9. Adjectives and adverbs
  10. Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  11. Sentence fragments
  12. Comma splices and fused sentences


  1. The comma
  2. The semicolon
  3. The colon
  4. The apostrophe
  5. Quotation marks
  6. End punctuation
  7. Other marks


  1. Spelling and the hyphen
  2. Capital letters
  3. Italics or Underlining
  4. Abbreviations
  5. Numbers


  1. Developing a research strategy
  2. Tracking sources
  3. Finding Sources
  4. Evaluating and synthesizing sources
  5. Integrating sources into your text
  6. Avoiding plagiarism
  7. Documenting sources
  8. MLA documentation and format
  9. APA documentation and format
  10. Chicago documentation and format
  11. CSE documentation

Commonly misused words


Answers to selected exercises

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