Features and Benefits

Accessibility and Ease of Use 

  • Authoritative and accessible coverage of the writing process, grammar, research, and documentation have made The Little, Brown Handbook one of the bestselling handbooks of all time.
    • A clean, uncluttered page design uses color and type clearly to distinguish parts of the book and elements of the pages.
      • Annotations on both visual and verbal examples connect principles and illustrations.
      • Dictionary-style headers in the index make it easy to find entries, and helpful endpapers offer several paths to the book’s content.
      • NEW! Streamlined explanations and new explanatory headings throughout make key information easier to find.
Academic Writing 
  • NEW! A greatly expanded overview of common academic genres in the chapter on academic writing (now at the start of Part 2), such as responses, critical analyses, arguments, informative and personal writing, and research papers and reports, highlights key features of each genre and points students to examples in the handbook.
    • NEW! A summary box titled “The writing situation” with each of the sample papers gives an overview of the situation to which the student responded—subject, purpose, audience, genre, and use of sources—thus connecting concepts with actual writing.
    • NEW! Eighteen examples of academic writing in varied genres appear throughout the handbook, among them a new critical analysis of an advertisement and a new social-science research report documented in APA style.
    • Synthesis receives special emphasis wherever students might need help balancing their own and others’ views, such as in responding to texts and visuals.
  • NEW! The expanded chapter on critical reading and writing includes two full-length opinion pieces as exercises in critical reading, a new advertisement with a student’s analysis, a revised discussion of writing critically about texts and visuals, and a new critical analysis paper.
  • Parts 9 and 10 give students a solid foundation in research writing and writing in the disciplines(literature, other humanities, social sciences, natural and applied sciences), along with extensive coverage of documentation in MLA, Chicago, APA, and CSE styles.
  • NEW! Key material on academic integrity in Chapter 6 on academic writing and Chapter 44 on plagiarism discusses developing one’s own perspective on a topic, using and managing sources, and avoiding plagiarism. Other chapters throughout the handbook reinforce these important topics.
Research Writing and Documentation 
  • To help students develop their own perspectives on their research subjects, the text advises asking questions, entering into dialog with sources, and presenting multiple views fairly and responsibly.

  • Extensive attention to research methods supports students in the early stages of research.
    • The discussion of searching for and evaluating sources—library, Web, and social media—helps students to refine search terms and to distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources. Case studies show the application of critical criteria to sample articles, Web documents, and a blog.
    • NEW! A streamlined discussion of gathering information from sources stresses keeping accurate records of source material, marking borrowed words and
  • Meticulous attention to research writing across the disciplines emphasizes managing information, using the library as a research gateway, evaluating and synthesizing sources, avoiding plagiarism, and documenting sources accurately.
    • Students learn how to document and cite sources ethically in MLA, Chicago, APA, and CSE styles.
      • NEW! A chapter on documenting sources explains key features of source documentation, defines the relationship between in-text citations and a bibliography, and presents pros and cons of bibliography software.
      • NEW! Updated, annotated samples of key source types illustrate MLA and APA documentation, showing students how to find the bibliographical information needed to cite each type and highlighting the similarities and differences between print and database sources.
      • NEW! Reorganized chapters for all four styles group sources by type, thus simplifying the process of finding appropriate models and clarifying differences among print, database, Web, and other sources.
      • NEW! A succinct guide accompanies the index to the models in each style to help students match their sources with appropriate citation formats.
      • NEW! The chapter on CSE documentation reflects the new eighth edition of Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers.
      • NEW! A complete social-science research report shows APA style in the context of student writing.
      • Two research papers illustrate MLA style and include a paper-in-progress, following a student through the research process and culminating in an annotated essay on green consumerism.
    • The extensive chapter on avoiding plagiarism discusses deliberate and careless plagiarism, shows examples of plagiarized and revised sentences, and gives updated advice about avoiding plagiarism with online sources.
Writing As a Process 
  • NEW! A reorganized presentation of drafting, revising, and editing distinguishes revising more clearly as a step separate from editing.
    • NEW! An expanded discussion of thesis covers using the thesis statement to preview organization.
    • NEW! New, relevant examples in Chapter 4 on paragraphs illustrate important concepts of coherence, organization, and development.
  • NEW! A revised and streamlined chapter on presenting writing focuses on essential information related to document design, visuals and other media, writing for online environments, and oral presentations.
  • NEW! A revised discussion of preparing a writing portfolio gives an overview of common formats and requirements.
Usage, Grammar, and Punctuation 
  • NEW! Revised explanations of grammar concepts and rules throughout simplify the presentation and emphasize key material.
    • NEW! Two common trouble spots–sentence fragments and passive voice–are discussed in greater detail and illustrated with new and more examples.
  • NEW! Dozens of new and revised examples and exercises clarify and test important concepts.
  • NEW! Added examples in Part 8 on effective words show common shortcuts of texting and other electronic communication and how to revise them for academic writing.
Visual and Media Literacy 
  • Thorough discussions of critically reading advertisements, graphs, and other visuals appear in Chapter 7 on critical reading, Chapter 8 on reading arguments, and Chapter 43 on working with sources.
  • NEW! A student work-in-progress illustrates the process of analyzing an advertisement and culminates in a sample critical analysis.
  • NEW! Updated and detailed help with preparing or finding illustrations appears in Chapter 5 on presenting writing and Chapter 42 on finding sources. 
Writing Beyond the Classroom 
  • NEW! Discussions of writing for social media encourage students to consider their potential audience now and in the future, whether they are writing to express themselves or to represent an organization.
  • NEW! Updated coverage of writing a job application discusses cover letters, résumés, and professional online profiles.
Cultural and Linguistic Diversity 
  • Extensive rhetorical and grammatical help, illustrated with examples, is provided for writers whose first language or dialect is not standard American English.
  • Fully integrated coverage, instead of a separate section, means that students can find what they need without having to know which problems they do and don’t share with native SAE speakers.
  • The “Culture-Language Guide,” inside the back cover, orients students with advice on mastering SAE and pulls all the integrated coverage together in one place.