Little, Brown Handbook (11th Edition)
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The most trusted and authoritative name in handbooks, The Little, Brown Handbook,11/e? is an easy-to-use reference that will answer any question you may have in grammar, writing, or research.? It also includes exercises so you can practice skills.? This edition offers the latest information on writing with computers, writing online, analyzing visuals, and researching effectively on the Internet.? With clear explanations, a wealth of examples, and quick reference checklists and boxes, The Little, Brown Handbook will makes it easy to find what you need and use the information you find.

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Will answer any questions a writer has about grammar, the writing process, or research. The writing process, critical thinking, argumentative writing, style, grammar, mechanics, usage, the research process, how to document sources. Anyone who wants a reliable writing reference book.

Customer Reviews:

  • the little brown handbook
    very good condition, and came in time for it to serve a purpose in my english class....more info
  • Essential tool for all wordsmiths, not just students
    Although intended primarily for students, The Little Brown Handbook is an excellent reference for all nonfiction writers. While writing my own recent book on option pricing, I consulted it often regarding the use of colons, semicolons, dashes, and other fine points of punctuation. It even served as an arbiter of correct grammar and usage in the occasional dispute with my copy editor! Almost everything critical to good writing is covered--from organization, paragraph coherence, and sentence structure, to punctuation, word choice, and issues of style--and in sufficient detail to be useful to the working wordsmith. Guidelines for academic writers, a discussion of the American Psychological Association (APA) style employed in the social sciences, and suggestions for use of the internet in research, also appear in The Little Brown Handbook. All in all, this book should be found near the Strunk and White classic, The Elements of Style, on any writer's bookshelf. I would unhesitatingly recommend it to anyone who writes, either for pleasure or for a living.

    Jeffrey Owen Katz, Ph.D.
    Author (With Donna L. McCormick):
    ??"Advanced Option Pricing Models" (McGraw Hill, 2005)
    ??"The Encyclopedia of Trading Strategies" (McGraw Hill, 2000)...more info
  • Little, Brown Handbook
    Good seller. The book was in mint condition. This seller honors their ad. If you are looking for a seller of excellent books, look no further because here it is. I recommend this seller....more info
  • The Little Brown Handbook
    the book is alright but...the East Texas Bookstore sent me the book that is cut all the page numbers and everything is cut don't buy books from "EAST TEXAS BOOKSTORE."...more info
  • MyCompLab: Little Brown handbook's free software
    Pearson's premature rollout of MyCompLab has been disastrous for my writing students and for me.



    The product's design is to be praised. However, the current product's functionality and most of all its technical support service are sufficiently flawed to cause students to drop the course or to perform poorly, below their actual writing ability and motivation level.



    Pearson's registration process and its printed directions are complex, requiring needless information from students in order to register in the instructor's correct online course. In some cases, students were still waiting for help from Pearson tech support two weeks into the semester -- just to get registered at the site. Further, the registration process is complicated enough so that students who make an error are unable to back out to repair the error; they remain locked in a dead zone, registered at MCL but not in the instructor's course. I have not received confirmation that Pearson is revising this procedure in its December 2008 upgrade.



    I have had to call Pearson's tech support repeatedly, often several times a week. In almost every case, the technician is unable to answer my question and must "send it up to a specialist." The technicians are always professional, but they do not have the answers I need to be able to continue with instruction in my course. Support for students is as bad or worse, they report.



    This past weekened, Pearson decided to do an upgrade -- in the middle of the academic semester. For my purposes, the key strength of MCL is its support of the instructor's revewing process of student writing. I am able to embed comments directly in student work and return that work for student revision. During the upgrade, Pearson changed the functionality of MCL's buttons, in effect hiding my comments from students. Of course the upgrade was done when there was no tech support available to anyone -- in spite of their 24/7 logo, so the course again ground to a halt. It turned out that in some cases the comments survived (if they could be found), and in other cases students needed to resubmit their papers, and I needed to recorrect them in order to trigger the "new and improved" model. Hours and hours of work were wasted.



    Because Pearson has decided to develop MCL unattached to its course-management sytem, CourseCompass, the course-management tools in MCL are extraordinarily weak. One example: If students do exercises to remediate errors in writing, the instructor must open every single exercise to find the student's score. Amazingly, Pearson has developed a roster that is not organized around the student name but rather the Pearson exercise. The function becomes useless to the instructor.



    Font size, wasted screen space, unnecessary scrolling and clicks: all contribute to an inelegant screen and a clumsy experience.



    I have worked with Pearson's CourseConmpass for years. I was involved in the Beta for MCL. I have taught blended and online courses for years using various platforms. I can adapt and can find end runs around dead ends. But this product, while good in concept -- is flawed. It was sent to market too soon, and tech support was never brought fully into the loop. If you adopt this product now, be prepared for great frustration. Be prepared too for emails and phone calls from your students. The complaint are endless.



    To Pearson's credit, they have provided me with the email addresses and phone numbers of some key MCL players. They are mostly good listeners and are certainly well intentioned. They tell me they are working day and night to improve their product. I tell that that my students and I are working day and night to be able to use their product. My students should be working hard at learning course material, not at figuring out dinged-up web sites. Not so good.



    Wait a year. Then try what might have become a wonderful product. There is great potential here.
    ...more info
  • LBHb review
    The book is pretty good. I have used it since my early college days. One of the problems I have is the book does not provide an answer key to the exercises. This can be frustrating if you are trying to learn and want to make sure you are doing things properly (I have the 5th edition- not sure if the other editions are the same). The book says that you can buy the answer key seperately, unfortunately, I have not been able to find it. Overall, the book has a wealth of helpful information....more info
  • A must!
    I had to purchase this book for a college english class a few years ago. I have to say that it has been incredibly useful, I have referred back to it on multiple occasions. One of my favorite books on my bookshelf. ...more info
  • Good Little Book
    owned a previous addition but needed an updated edition for class. great lil brown book...more info
  • the best grammar book
    I work in a peer-tutor center at my university and mostly encounter students using Harbrace, but LBHB is SO much better tha Harbrace or any of the others I have seen -- organized better, easier to understand. I keep mine right next to my computer -- unless my roommate has it by hers....more info
  • Don't believe the hype! Save your $50.
    This book doesn't even live up to its title. It's difficult to find what you are looking for. Hopefully the author wasn't expecting me to read it cover-to-cover. Just look at all the people selling their used Little Handbooks for $5! The older editions go for even less money. You would think that after 8 editions they would have improved the utility. If you REALLY want one, by a $5 used one....more info
  • Put this next to your dictionary!
    This book is a style guide, so it has no plot, no character development, and is about exciting as a box of Kleenex. However, it is a useful to for grammar and style guides. For example, it has business letter formats in it, necessary for any job application. Another thing it has is hints for research projects and how to organize your materials. Sot it is a writing tool, and serves as a check to your grammar-scan programs.

    The only complaint is that the newer ones aren't brown. How stupid is that? You ever see Mystery Men, and how the Blue Raja has no blue in his costume? Same thing! Make it brown!...more info

  • The Little, Brown Handbook
    Before I done read the Little Brown Handbook, my grammar was lousy and everybody would tell me "Hey, your grammar is lousy". But not no more. Now that I brought the Little Brown Handbook my grammar be much better. I done set down and read this book many months ago and I never done regretted it. I spent so many hours and hours pouring over this book that I'm reviewing right now, which is the Little Brown Handbook and I'm the better for it in that my grammar is so improved that even my teachers have told me that my grammar has improved. They say "Hey. Your grammar improved" and I say yes, I know it done has and I owe it all to the little brown handbook which I done brought and it was worth just about every penny and I mean that sincerely because it's a book that you will find the same way and you too will be able to write real good. Me love it this book immensely. I recommend it to anyone who be having trouble with grammar and stuff because lots of people do and they axe me how I done improved it and it's very simple and that is the little brown handbook and I would even go on television and endorse it for free, yup that's how much I like this here book that I have right here with me and I would lend it to you but since this is being red by someone right now, I don't know who you are and I don't know if I can trust you to give it back since I don't know you at all, and I mean no offense by that, no, none at all. But trust me that you will like this book real good....more info
  • The Little Brown Book
    As a student and instructor, I never ever write a paper without using this book. I have used it since 2002 and each edition is better and better. My highlighter never stops when finding important ways to quote authors, annotate references, and where to use semi colons....more info
  • A happy customer
    I received the book in a timely manner and happy with the condition. Definitely will order from this seller again.
    Trong...more info
  • Oldie but Goodie
    This was a required book for one of my college courses a hundred years ago. Out of all the college books I ended up keeping, this goes on the top of the list.

    This is a necessary book for anyone writing anything.

    As an advanced freelance writer, I still refer to it from time to time, and probably always will....more info
  • It is Excellent Except that it is falling to pieces.........
    I PURCHASED THIS LITTLE BROWN HANDBOOK 8TH EDITION LAST YEAR, AND I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE SUPER RESISTANT, BUT IT IS FALLING APART, THE PAGES ARE JUST UNGLUEING THEMSELVES.

    DON'T GET ME WRONG. THIS IS A GREAT BOOK WHEN IT COMES TO ENGLISH GRAMMAR, ALONG WITH CITATIONS, ETC., BUT PAYING SO MUCH MONEY FOR A BOOK THAT IS SIMPLY FALLING APART IS NOT FAIR.

    I BOUGHT THIS IN AUGUST-SEPTERMBER OF 2003 AND IT IS OCTOBER OF 2004-CLOSE TO A YEAR-SO THE THING SHOULD BE DURABLE IF IT IS AN EXPENSIVE BOOK. I ALSO MUST SAY THAT I TAKE OKAY CARE OF MY BOOKS. THEY NEVER GET WATERED OR THROWN AROUND, THEY STAY SHELVED ALWAYS, BUT THIS IS WEIRD. BUT YES, ON THE KNOWLEDGE, THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLE...THE EXERCISES ARE GREAT BUT ONE HAS TO READ IT AGAIN AND AGAIN IF ONE DOES NOT GET IT THE FIRST TIME. IT HAS APA MLA AND CBE EXPLAINATIONS OF WHY THEY ARE DONE AND WHY THEY ARE PRACTICED.

    LOOK I AM NOT GOING TO BE NEGATIVE, BUT BUY THE BOOK IF YOU NEED HELP WITH ENGLISH GRAMMAR-IT WILL HELP YOU INDEED WITH YOUR WRITING, BUT I HOPE YOU GET A GOOD COPY THAT DOES NOT FALL APART. THE BOOK IS SMALL BUT VERY THICK IN PAGES.

    THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS ALIVE, IT HAS A MIND OF ITS OWN-THE LANGUAGE IS ALWAYS THINKING.....................

    I RECOMMENED THIS BOOK TO ALL RUSSIAN NATIVES AND RUSSIAN AMERICANS WHO LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY(USA).....

    VIVA RUSSIA!...more info
  • MyCompLab: Little Brown handbook's free software
    Pearson's premature rollout of MyCompLab has been disastrous for my writing students and for me.



    The product's design is to be praised. However, the current product's functionality and most of all its technical support service are sufficiently flawed to cause students to drop the course or to perform poorly, below their actual writing ability and motivation level.



    Pearson's registration process and its printed directions are complex, requiring needless information from students in order to register in the instructor's correct online course. In some cases, students were still waiting for help from Pearson tech support two weeks into the semester -- just to get registered at the site. Further, the registration process is complicated enough so that students who make an error are unable to back out to repair the error; they remain locked in a dead zone, registered at MCL but not in the instructor's course. I have not received confirmation that Pearson is revising this procedure in its December 2008 upgrade.



    I have had to call Pearson's tech support repeatedly, often several times a week. In almost every case, the technician is unable to answer my question and must "send it up to a specialist." The technicians are always professional, but they do not have the answers I need to be able to continue with instruction in my course. Support for students is as bad or worse, they report.



    This past weekened, Pearson decided to do an upgrade -- in the middle of the academic semester. For my purposes, the key strength of MCL is its support of the instructor's revewing process of student writing. I am able to embed comments directly in student work and return that work for student revision. During the upgrade, Pearson changed the functionality of MCL's buttons, in effect hiding my comments from students. Of course the upgrade was done when there was no tech support available to anyone -- in spite of their 24/7 logo, so the course again ground to a halt. It turned out that in some cases the comments survived (if they could be found), and in other cases students needed to resubmit their papers, and I needed to recorrect them in order to trigger the "new and improved" model. Hours and hours of work were wasted.



    Because Pearson has decided to develop MCL unattached to its course-management sytem, CourseCompass, the course-management tools in MCL are extraordinarily weak. One example: If students do exercises to remediate errors in writing, the instructor must open every single exercise to find the student's score. Amazingly, Pearson has developed a roster that is not organized around the student name but rather the Pearson exercise. The function becomes useless to the instructor.



    Font size, wasted screen space, unnecessary scrolling and clicks: all contribute to an inelegant screen and a clumsy experience.



    I have worked with Pearson's CourseConmpass for years. I was involved in the Beta for MCL. I have taught blended and online courses for years using various platforms. I can adapt and can find end runs around dead ends. But this product, while good in concept -- is flawed. It was sent to market too soon, and tech support was never brought fully into the loop. If you adopt this product now, be prepared for great frustration. Be prepared too for emails and phone calls from your students. The complaint are endless.



    To Pearson's credit, they have provided me with the email addresses and phone numbers of some key MCL players. They are mostly good listeners and are certainly well intentioned. They tell me they are working day and night to improve their product. I tell that that my students and I are working day and night to be able to use their product. My students should be working hard at learning course material, not at figuring out dinged-up web sites. Not so good.



    Wait a year. Then try what might have become a wonderful product. There is great potential here.
    ...more info
  • great price! College bookstores are thieves!! Great Textbook! as long as it is the right one for your class ! LOL!
    Yeah I know not a textbook review; bottom line if your professor asks for this book suck it up and buy it, whether it is boring or not!! That being said, Great textbook prices on Amazon. They actually charge what the book is worth. I do realize that they have little overhead comapred to College bookstores, but I also realize that College students are usually on shoestring budgets and Barnes and Noble owns alot of bookstores and maybe could do some sort of charitable contribution towards education, instead of being a reverse Robin Hood. Don't get me wrong I love capitalism, I just hate people that are going to school to be intelligent, only to buy from someone that is gougin you! ...more info
  • Fourteen Years And Counting
    I have been using The Little, Brown Handbook for about 14 years now. I started when I was a freshman in college and haven't been without a copy since. This thing is absolutely fantastic. The layout is just about perfect, it's easy to understand and the index is the benchmark that every reference book should follow. If you write with any kind of regularity, you need this book....more info
  • Everything you should have retained from English Class
    Book is a bit pricey but worth it for editing and reviewing, formatted in an easy to read format, packed with details. ...more info
  • be more descriptive
    i thought I was getting the actual handbook not the workbook, but the ad didn't say workbook so I was mislead...more info
  • Very handy very useful well laid out book
    But with this being the ninth revision, you'd think they would provide an electronic version by now. Especially with such a handy student useful book which could be put on our tablet PC's or notebook computers for school to have handy without building muscles like the old folks get all misty over.. Excellent book just the same once you get over the demise of the many trees and those marked for the axe for revision ten which cannot be more than months away from print (yawn)...more info
  • A happy customer
    I received the book in a timely manner and happy with the condition. Definitely will order from this seller again.
    Trong...more info
  • Essential for anyone who wants to write well!
    Whether you're a student or a grammar geek like me, this book is a must-have. Whatever words you use are a direct reflection on you and your intelligence, so why not use the best resource to shine?

    Flip through and find a section when necessary, do a few exercises (answers included in the 10th edition!), or have the security of knowing it's there when you need it, but this is a purchase that you should definitely make!...more info
  • The Little, Brown Handbook
    Thanks for the great product. Shipping and condition where
    just as stated. Great doing business with you....more info
  • A Writing Essential
    This book not only contains a wealth of writing information, but it looks good, too! The full color pages make it easy to look at, and the book's small size is great for portability....more info
  • What else does a writer need?
    This handbook is all an aspiring writer needs to grasp the technical aspects of the English language. Virtually every nuance of English grammar is discussed at length, including the subjunctive mood (yes, English has one), and the Passive voice (yes, the one your English teacher always asked you not to use!). The book has 883 pages. I will value this even more when I go to graduate school next year.

    Why is this book useful? Have you ever wanted to know how to correctly use question marks, commas, and quotation marks? Well, virtually every punctuation mark in existence is explained in the book. Typically rules of usage are given first, and then the explanation is followed by an example sentence. This format makes learning the concepts very easy.

    There are also extremely helpful chapters on the use reasoning skills, reading and thinking critically, revising, editing, finding sources, and many, many more helpful topics. The book has sections on MLA, APA, CBE, and Chicago Styles of citing works. So whether you need to write a paper for a Psychology class or an English class, you can find help here. There are also tips included on how to do work in various fields, such as the humanities and social sciences. Another informative section is Glossary of Usage chapter. Included here are commonly misused words, and an explanation of their correct usage (and examples of such usage). For instance, did you know that "lay" is transitive and "lie" intransitive? Or did you know that the past participle form of "lie" is "I have lain?"

    I could go on and on about what is included, but there is just so much, it would take more than a few pages! You will have to trust me that this book offers grammar tips, writing hints, citation methods, and other helpful tools. Here is a listing of the contents for all interested:

    Preface for Instructors

    Preface for Students: Using This Book Introduction: Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing

    Pt. I The Whole Paper and Paragraphs

    Pt. II Grammatical Sentences

    Pt. III Clear Sentences

    Pt. IV Effective Sentences

    Pt. V Punctuation

    Pt. VI Mechanics

    Pt. VII Effective Words

    Pt. VIII Research Writing

    Pt. IX Special Writing Situations

    App. A Document Format

    App. B Writing with a Computer

    App. C Oral Presentations, Glossary of Usage, Glossary of Terms...more info

  • So much information so little time
    A wonderful book for anyone wanting to write - filled with all the punctuation rules, citing rules, and sentence structure help that anyone could ever need. I am very pleased with this book!...more info
  • great book worth adding
    with close to a thousand pages you will have plenty of good writing material to use for reference to help you write very accurate and properly designed papers, letters, or whatever you are creating.

    I was disappointed by the lack of electronic format especially for a book which puts out a new revision almost every year, but I would even go so far as to say that it is worth bringing along if you plan to do a lot of writing anyhow....more info

  • A good writers and composition handbook
    I taught this book for three years at a community college. It was in between using two Diana Hacker books Rules for Writers and the Bedford Handbook.

    For myself, this book is very comprehensive. If I could, I could have taught the entire course using this text, although our college requires an additional "reader." There are enough sample essays and other pieces in here that the reader portion could be done with this book. Its approach is encyclopedic to grammar, punctuation, usage, and spelling problems.

    I also found its section on composition essentials very well done, particularly chapter 4 on paragraphs. I found their explanation of how to do MLA papers and research papers in general quite useful.

    Before we used this textbook, I would usually download supplementary information from net websites on paragraphing and MLA papers to fill in the gap between what students wanted to know and what the textbooks said on these and other subject. However, the Little,Brown Handbook was so full of information, that I did not have to do that during the years I used this book.

    This is a good book if one is embarking on a serious campaign as a writer. When I was more active as a writer, I found that other writers and copy editors on publications I worked on continually stocked up on such books. These are the best places to look for clarification on problems of grammar, mechanicws, and usage. Surprisingly, even for the experienced degreed writer, what such books say about improving rhetoric or diction is often useful, the basics we can forget easily.
    As such, even though our college has moved back to Hacker, I will keep it out as a reference for my own writing and editing.

    Yet, as a text book for an individual composition course, its sixty dollar price, makes the book an outrageous drag on already emptied student pockets. The scandal of the price of university texts needs to be exposed and investigated....more info