The Little, Brown Compact Handbook packages the authority and currency of its best-selling parent, The Little, Brown Handbook, in a briefer book with comb-binding and tabbed dividers. Concise and accessible, The Little, Brown Compact Handbook helps writing students find what they need and then use what they find. Committed to student success, it provides clear explanations of the writing process, grammar, usage, critical thinking, and argument. Its thorough, up-to-date coverage of research writing stresses the library as Web gateway, evaluation and synthesis of print and online sources, and intellectual honesty. It provides the latest documentation guidelines in MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles.The sixth edition comes in two versions, one with and one without exercises. Otherwise identical, both books build on the handbook's best-selling features with three main emphases: (1) writing in and out of college, including new chapters on academic writing, writing in the disciplines, study skills, online writing, public writing, and oral presentations; (2) visual literacy, including more on creating illustrations and viewing images critically and new coverage of visual argument; (3) research writing, including more on using library subscription services and evaluating Web sites, new annotated sample pages from key source types, and new coverage of annotated bibliographies, Web logs, and finding images.Concise and authoritative reference provides the help students need on the writing process, grammar, usage, research writing, and more.Accessible, self-teaching reference offers carefully constructed reference aids, such as convenient tabbed dividers, "Frequently Asked Questions" (front endpapers), a detailed index, and a preface just for students.Unique approach to terminology includes transparent headings in the text and menus that avoid or explain terms and "Key terms" boxes in the text that provide essential definitions and thus minimize cross-references and page flipping.Extensive, up-to-date discussion of research writing emphasizes managing information, using the library as Web gateway, evaluating and synthesizing sources, avoiding plagiarism, and documenting sources accurately.Concrete help with critical thinking and argument includes techniques of critical reading, specific suggestions for writing arguments, and a sample argument paper.Extensive help for multilingual and multidialect students through unique "Culture<>Language" sections, whichemphasize both rhetorical and grammatical issues. "Culture<>Language" sections are thoroughly integrated into the text so that students aren't stigmatized and can find what they need without knowing which problems they do and don't share with native speakers.Integrated coverage of computers and writing includes scores of specific tips throughout the text, ranging from advice on spelling checkers to help with Web searches.Companion Website, integrated with the text, offers a powerful online resource: more than 1000 interactive exercises, more than 30 video tutorials, downloadable checklists from the handbook, hundreds of annotated links to other useful sites, ten documented student research papers from across the curriculum, and (for instructors) teaching tips, PowerPointslides, transparency masters, and more.