Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • 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! 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • NEW! A reorganized presentation of drafting, revising, and editing distinguishes revising more clearly as a step separate from editing.
  • 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.
  • NEW! A revised discussion of preparing a writing portfolio gives an overview of common formats and requirements.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.