Little, Brown Compact Handbook, The, 10th edition

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The Little, Brown Compact Handbook answers your questions about the writing process, grammar and usage, researching writing, documentation, and writing in different disciplines. Extensive sections on critical reading, media literacy, academic writing, argument and more support you in a variety of fields.

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2019

ISBN-13: 9780137541478

Subject: Composition

Category: Handbook

Table of contents



1. The Writing Situation

1.1 Writing situation
1.2 Audience
1.3 Purpose
1.4 Subject
1.5 Genre and medium

2. Invention

2.1 Journals
2.2 Freewriting
2.3 Brainstorming
2.4 Mind mapping
2.5 Questions

3. Thesis and Organization

3.1 Thesis
3.2 Organization
Sample informative essay

4. Drafting

4.1 First draft
4.2 Sample draft
Sample first draft

5. Revising
5.1 Revision plans
5.2 Peer review
5.3 Sample revision
Sample revised draft

6. Editing, Formatting, and Proofreading

6.1 Editing
Sample edited paragraph
6.2 Final draft
Sample final draft

7. Paragraphs

7.1 Flow
7.2 Unity
7.3 Coherence
7.4 Development
7.5 Introductions and conclusions

8. Presenting Writing

8.1 Academic writing
Sample paper in MLA format
8.2 Visuals and media
8.3 Writing online
Sample literacy narrative blog post
8.4 Portfolios


9. Academic Writing
9.1 Purpose and audience
9.2 Genre
9.3 Writing with sources
9.4 Academic language
9.5 Communication in academic settings

10. Critical Reading and Writing

10.1 Techniques of critical reading
10.2 Summarizing
10.3 Critical response
10.4 Visual analysis
10.5 Writing a critical analysis
10.6 Sample critical analysis
Sample critical analysis of a text

11. Argument

11.1 Elements of argument
11.2 Engaging readers
11.3 Organization
11.4 Visual arguments
11.5 Sample argument
Sample proposal argument

12. Essay Exams

12.1 Preparing
12.2 Planning
12.3 Writing
Sample essay exam response

13. Oral Presentations
13.1 Organization
13.2 Delivery
Sample presentation slides

14. Public Writing

14.1 Social media
14.2 Business letters
Sample business letter
14.3 Job applications
Sample résumés
14.4 Memos, reports, and proposals
Sample memo and report
14.5 Community service
Sample social-media post and newsletter


15. Emphasis
15.1 Subjects and verbs
15.2 Sentence beginnings and endings
15.3 Coordination
15.4 Subordination

16. Parallelism
16.1 Understanding parallelism
16.2 Equal elements

17. Variety and Details
17.1 Sentence length and structure
17.2 Details

18. Appropriate and Exact Language
18.1 Standard English
18.2 Sexist and biased language
18.3 Exact language

19. Completeness

19.1 Compounds
19.2 Adding needed words

20. Conciseness

20.1 Subjects and verbs
20.2 Empty words
20.3 Unnecessary repetition
20.4 Other strategies


Basic Grammar

21. Parts of Speech
21.1 Nouns, pronouns, and verbs
21.2 Adjectives and adverbs
21.3 Prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections

22. The Sentence
22.1 Subjects and predicates
22.2 Sentence patterns

23. Phrases and Subordinate Clauses
23.1 Phrases
23.2 Subordinate clauses

24. Sentence Types
24.1 Types of sentences

25. Verb Forms
25.1 Verb forms
25.2 Easily confused verb forms
25.3 Verb endings
25.4 Helping verbs
25.5 Verb + gerund or infinitive
25.6 Verb + particle

26. Verb Tenses
26.1 Verb tenses
26.2 Sequence of tenses

27. Verb Mood
27.1 Subjunctive mood
27.2 Consistency

28. Verb Voice
28.1 Active and passive voice
28.2 Consistency

29. Agreement of Subject and Verb
29.1 Subject-verb agreement
29.2 Unusual word order
29.3 Subjects joined by conjunctions
29.4 Indefinite and relative pronouns
29.5 Collective and plural nouns

30. Pronoun Case
30.1 Subjective, objective, and possessive cases
30.2 Compound subjects and objects
30.3 Who or whom
30.4 Common questions

31. Agreement of Pronoun and Antecedent
31.1 Person, number, and gender
31.2 Antecedents with and, or, or nor
31.3 Indefinite pronouns
31.4 Collective nouns

32. Reference of Pronoun to Antecedent
32.1 Clear reference
32.2 Specific reference
32.3 Appropriate you

33. Adjectives and Adverbs
33.1 Adjective vs. adverb
33.2 Comparatives and superlatives
33.3 Double negatives
33.4 Participles as adjectives
33.5 Determiners

34. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
34.1 Misplaced modifiers
34.2 Dangling modifiers
Sentence Faults

35. Sentence Fragments
35.1 Identifying fragments
35.2 Correcting fragments
35.3 Acceptable fragments

36. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
36.1 Identify comma splices
36.2 Correcting comma splices

37. Mixed Sentences
37.1 Mixed meaning
37.2 Mixed grammar
37.3 Repeated elements


38. End Punctuation
38.1 Period
38.2 Question mark
38.3 Exclamation point

39. Comma
39.1 Uses of the comma
39.2 Main clauses with conjunctions
39.3 Introductory elements
39.4 Nonessential elements
39.5 Series and coordinate adjectives
39.6 Quotations
39.7 Unnecessary commas

40. Semicolon
40.1 Main clauses without conjunctions
40.2 Main clauses with transitional words
40.3 Main clauses with commas
40.4 Unnecessary semicolons

41. Colon
41.1 Uses of the colon

42. Apostrophe
42.1 Possession
42.2 Contractions and abbreviations

43. Quotation Marks
43.1 Direct quotations
43.2 Titles of works
43.3 Words used in a special sense
43.4 With other punctuation

44. Other Marks
44.1 Dash
44.2 Parentheses
44.3 Ellipsis mark
44.4 Brackets
44.5 Slash


45. Spelling and the Hyphen
45.1 Common spelling problems
45.2 Spelling rules
45.3 Hyphenating

46. Capital Letters
46.1 Conventions
46.2 First word of sentence
46.3 Titles and subtitles
46.4 Proper nouns and adjectives

47. Italics or Underlining
47.1 Titles of works
47.2 Foreign words and emphasis

48. Abbreviations
48.1 Uses of abbreviations
48.2 Misuses of abbreviations

49. Numbers
49.1 Numerals and words
49.2 Dates and addresses


50. Research Strategy
50.1 Planning
50.2 Research questions
50.3 Search strategies
50.4 Working bibliographies
Sample annotated bibliography entry

51. Finding Sources
51.1 Search strategies
51.2 Reference works
51.3 Books and periodicals
51.4 Web search strategies
51.5 Social media
51.6 Government publications
51.7 Visuals and media
51.8 Primary research

52. Working with Sources
52.1 Gathering information
52.2 Evaluating sources
52.3 Synthesizing sources
52.4 Summary, paraphrase, and quotation
52.5 Integrating sources

53. Avoiding Plagiarism
53.1 Defining plagiarism
53.2 Information you do not need to cite
53.3 Information you must cite
53.4 Documenting sources
53.5 Copyright and permissions

54. Writing the Paper
54.1 Thesis and organization
54.2 Drafting, revising, editing, formatting


55. Literature
55.1 Literary analysis
55.2 Writing assignments
55.3 Tools and language
55.4 Citing sources
55.5 Sample literary analysis
"The Healing Power of Mrs. Todd"

56. Writing in Other Disciplines
56.1 Humanities
56.2 Social sciences
56.3 Natural and applied sciences

57. MLA Documentation and Format
Indexes to models
57.1 In-text citations
57.2 Works cited
57.3 Paper format
57.4 Sample MLA paper
"The Dream of Sustainable Agriculture"

58. APA Documentation and Format
Indexes to models
58.1 In-text citations
58.2 Reference list
58.3 Paper format
58.4 Sample research report
"Perceptions of Mental Illness"

59. Chicago Documentation
Indexes to models
59.1 Notes and bibliography
59.2 Models

60. CSE Documentation
Indexes to models
60.1 Name-year citations
60.2 Numbered text citations
60.3 Reference list

Glossary of Usage
Glossary of Terms
Culture and Language Guide

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