The Little, Brown Compact Handbook, Mla Update Edition

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For courses in English Composition.

This version of The Little, Brown Compact has been updated to reflect the 8th Edition of the MLA Handbook (April 2016)*

 

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The Little, Brown Compact maintains the authority of its best-selling parent (The Little, Brown Handbook) in a briefer book with spiral binding, tabbed dividers, and over 150 exercise sets. While keeping pace with rapid changes in writing and its teaching, the 9th Edition offers the most comprehensive research and documentation available, with grammar coverage that is second to none. “Culture-Language” notes explore the most common issues faced by non-native English speakers with dialect interference; rather than segregating this material, coverage is integrated so that readers don’t feel compartmentalized. With detailed discussions of critical reading, media literacy, academic writing, and argument, as well as writing as a process, writing in the disciplines, and writing beyond the classroom, this handbook addresses writers of varying experience and in varying fields in a format that is brief and convenient.

 

* The 8th Edition introduces sweeping changes to the philosophy and details of MLA works cited entries. Responding to the “increasing mobility of texts,” MLA now encourages writers to focus on the process of crafting the citation, beginning with the same questions for any source. These changes, then, align with current best practices in the teaching of writing which privilege inquiry and critical thinking over rote recall and rule-following.

 

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For courses in English Composition. This version of The Little, Brown Compact has been updated to reflect the 8th Edition of the MLA Handbook (April 2016)*   The gold standard of handbooks—unmatched accuracy, currency, reliability The Little, Brown Compact maintains the authority of its best-selling parent (The Little, Bro...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 8.4 × 5.9 × 0.7 inPublished:August 1, 2016Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part 1: WRITING PROCESS

 

1. The Writing Situation  

            a. Assessment

            b. Subject

            c. Purpose

            d. Audience

            e. Genre

 

2. Invention  

            a. Keeping a journal

            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

            a. Reading your work critically

            b. Revising collaboratively

            c. Writing a title

            d. Sample revision

 

6. Editing, Formatting, and Proofreading

a. Editing the revised draft

b. Formatting and proofreading

c. SAMPLE FINAL DRAFT 

d. Preparing a writing portfolio

7. Paragraphs  

            a. Relating paragraphs in the essay

            b. Unity

            c. Coherence

            d. Development

            e. Introductions and conclusions

 

8. Presenting Writing  

            a. Academic writing

            b. Visuals and other media

            c. Web writing

                        SAMPLE HOME PAGE 

                        SAMPLE BLOG POST 

 

Part 2: WRITING IN AND OUT OF COLLEGE

 

9. Academic Writing  

            a. Purpose and audience

            b. Genre

            c. Structure and content

            d. Using sources with integrity

            e. Academic language

            f. Communicating in an academic setting

           

10. Critical Reading and Writing 

            a          Techniques of critical reading

            b          Summarizing

            c          Critical response

            d          Viewing visuals critically

           

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

            e          Rereading

 

13. Oral Presentations  

            a          Organization

            b          Delivery

 

14. Public Writing  

            a          Social media

            b          Business letters

                        SAMPLE LETTER AND RÉSUMÉS  

            c          Job applications

                        SAMPLE MEMO AND REPORT  

            d          Memos, reports, and proposals

                        SAMPLE FLYER AND NEWSLETTERS

            e          Community work

 

 

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 bothand, notbut, 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          Adjective and adverbs

            e          Connecting words: prepositions and conjunctions

            f           Interjections

 

22. The Sentence  

            a          Subject and predicate

            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

 

Verbs

25. Forms  

            a          Sing/sang/sung and other irregular verbs

            d          Sit/set, lie/lay, rise/raise

            c          -s and -ed forms

            d          Be, have, and other helping verbs

            e          Verbs + gerund or infinitive: stop eating vs. stop to eat

            f           Verb + participle: look up, look over, etc.

 

26. Tenses  

            a          Present tense: sing

            b          Perfect tense: 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)

            b          It was written (passive)

            c          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 as subjects

            h          News and other singular nouns ending in -s

            i           Verb preceding subjects

            j           Is, are, and other linking verbs

            k           Titles and words being defined

 

Pronouns

30. Case  

            a          She and I vs. her and me

            b          It was she

            c          Who vs. whom 

            e          Other constructions

 

31. Pronoun-Antecedent  

            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

 

Modifiers

33. Adjectives and Adverbs  

            a          Adjectives 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. Modifier and Dangling Modifiers  

            a          Misplaced modifiers

            b          Dangling modifiers

 

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. The 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          She said, etc., with quotations

            h          Misuses

                        1 Between subject-verb, verb-object, preposition-object

                        2 In compound subject, predicate, etc.

                        3 After conjunction

                        4 Around essential elements

                        5 Around series

                        6 Before indirect quotation

 

40. The 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. The Colon  

            a          Concluding explanation, series, etc.

            b          Salutation of business letter, title and subtitle, divisions of time

            c          Misuses

 

42. The Apostrophe  

            a          Possession

            b          Misuses

                        1 Plural nouns: Joneses, not Jones’

                        2 Singular verbs: makes, not make’s

                        3 Possessive personal pronouns: its, not it’s

                        4 Contractions

                        5 Plural abbreviations, etc.

 

43. Quotation Marks  

            a          Direct quotations

            b          Quotation within 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 and subtitles of words

            d          Online communication

 

47. Italics or Underlining  

            a          Titles of works

            b          Ships, aircraft, spacecraft, trains

            c          Foreign words

            d          Words or characters names as words

            e          Emphasis

            f           Online communication

 

48. Abbreviations  

            a          Titles before and after proper names

            b          Familiar abbreviations and acronyms

            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

                        SAMPLE ENTRY FOR AN 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           Visals, audio, and video

            j           Your own sources        

 

52. Working with Sources  

            a          Evaluating sources

            b          Synthesizing sources

            c          Gathering information

            d          Using summary, paraphrase, and quotation

            e          Integrating sources

 

53. Avoiding Plagiarism  

            a          Deliberate and accidental plagiarism

            b          What not to acknowledge

            c          What must be acknowledged

            d          Obtaining permission

 

54. Documenting Sources  

            a          Discipline styles for documentation    

            b          Bibliography software

 

55. Writing the Paper  

            a          Focusing and organizing

            b          Drafting, revising, editing, and formatting

 

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 text citations

            b          Numbered text citations          

            c          List of references

  


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