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Book Details

  • Spiral Bound
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $20
  • January 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91151-0
  • 5.8 × 7.4 in / 353 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

The Little Seagull Handbook

Spiral Bound

Richard Bullock (Author, Wright State University), Francine Weinberg (Author)


The only pocket-sized handbook that offers help with the specific kinds of writing college students are expected to do.

The Little Seagull Handbook is easy to use, contains complete documentation guidelines, and is the only pocket handbook to include thorough coverage of paragraphs. This new handbook is an indispensable and affordable tool for all students who write.


Endorsements & Reviews

“The material on rhetoric and genre is a real plus.” — Jeffrey Andelora, Mesa Community College

“This book is smart and useful—and it’s well-designed. Students can easily find what they need.” — Susanmarie Harrington, University of Vermont

“A book students can really use on their own.” — Pat McQueeney, Johnson County Community College

“The chapters on documentation are great.” — Audley Hall, Northwest Arkansas Community College

“I would order this handbook. I commend its clarity and conciseness.” — Pamela Bourgeois, California State University at Northridge

The help students need for the kinds of writing they do

The Little Seagull includes brief chapters on the kinds of writing students are routinely assigned to do (arguments, reports, analyses, narratives, and more) and a full chapter on writing paragraphs. 

Easy to use

Menus, directories, a glossary/index, documentation maps and templates, and an intuitive organization help students find the information they need—easily. 

Just enough detail

This is a handbook that goes easy on the detail—but provides color-coded links that send students to places in the book where they will find more information if they need it—and a companion website with model papers demonstrating each genre and documentation style. 

User-friendly MLA, APA, CMS, and CSE documentation guidelines

Documentation directories lead students to the specific examples they need, color-coded templates show what information to include, and documentation maps show them where to find the required information. Model papers demonstrate each style, with brief examples in the book and complete papers on the companion website. 

    How to Use This Book


    1. Writing contexts
    2. Writing processes
    3. Developing paragraphs
    4. Reading strategies
    5. Designing what you write

    Kinds of Writing

    1. Arguments
    2. Analyses
    3. Reports
    4. Personal narratives
    5. Literary analyses
    6. Annotated bibliographies
    7. Abstracts


    1. Conducting research
    2. Evaluating sources
    3. Synthesizing sources
    4. Integrating sources
    5. Documenting sources


    1. MLA style
    2. APA style
    3. Chicago style
    4. CSE style



    1. Complete sentences
    2. Sentence fragments
    3. Comma splices and fused sentences
    4. Verbs
    5. Subject-verb agreement
    6. Pronouns
    7. Parallelism
    8. Coordination and subordination
    9. Shifts


    1. Appropriate words
    2. Precise words
    3. Commonly confused words
    4. Unnecessary words
    5. Adjectives and adverbs
    6. Articles
    7. Words that build common ground

    Punctuation / Mechanics

    1. Commas
    2. Semicolons
    3. End punctuation
    4. Quotation marks
    5. Apostrophes
    6. Other punctuation marks
    7. Hyphens
    8. Capitalization
    9. Italics
    10. Abbreviations

    Glossary / Index

    Documentation Directories

Sample Media