Brief, accessible, and inexpensive, The Little Brown Essential Handbook, Fifth Edition, answers questions about the writing process, usage, grammar, punctuation, mechanics, document design, research writing, and documentation. Minimal terminology, clear explanations and examples, and pointers for ESL writers help students at all levels. Extensive sections on research writing, source documentation, and document design support writers in all disciplines, both in and out of school. The convenient pocket size, four-color design, spiral binding, and numerous reference aids make the book convenient to carry and easy to consult.Minimal grammar terminology makes contents accessible, with examples replacing or supplementing terms in headings. Checklists on effective sentences, grammatical sentences, punctuation, mechanics, and research writing distill the text to accessible conventions or steps. Overview of the writing situation helps students make choices about subject, audience, purpose, thesis, paragraphing, and other issues. Thorough chapters on research writing cover strategy, Internet searches, synthesis and evaluation of sources, paraphrase and summary, avoiding plagiarism, and integration of sources across the disciplines. Chapters on MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE documentation offer extensive models. Chapters on document design, online writing, oral presentations, and business writing extend the handbook's usefulness. Four-color design makes navigation easier and allows and greater distinction and emphasis in documentation sections. A Companion Web site provides over 34 video tutorials, 100 interactive exercise sets, links to Web sites in every discipline, and sample research papers-unique for a handbook this size. A separate exercise booklet offers students opportunities to practice the conventions described in the book.