The Little Seagull Handbook
A pocket-sized handbook that's easy to use and covers the kinds of writing college students need to do.
The Little Seagull Handbook offers the kind of succinct advice students need about grammar, punctuation, documentation, and the writing process—an in addition, it covers the kinds of writing they are most often assigned—reports, analyses, narratives, and more. The second edition includes unique help for students whose primary language is not English. Available in two versions—with and without exercises.
Endorsements & Reviews
“This book is smart and useful—and it’s well-designed. Students can easily find what they need.” — Susanmarie Harrington, University of Vermont
“I like the focus on different types of academic essays—arguments, rhetorical analyses, research reports, personal narratives, literary analyses, and so on. I actually changed the focus of my class to address these kinds of writing.” — Jonathan Purkiss, Pulaski Technical College
“For its price, The Little Seagull is the best college-level handbook available.” — Paul Licata, Valencia College
“The combined glossary/index is great. Students get to understand an unfamiliar term and at the same time find a page with further instruction. This is efficient, reader-centered writing.” — Carolyn J. Fulford, North Carolina Central University
“The Little Seagull Handbook models the very concise and precise writing we hope our students will achieve…. keeping details to a minimum and clearly explaining the essentials.” — Robert Hurd, Anne Arundel Community College
Covers the kinds of writing college students need to do
The Little Seagull Handbook covers writing, not just grammar and punctuation. And, in particular, it covers the types of writing that students are required to do, with chapters on writing Arguments, Analyses, Reports, Narratives, and other genres. The 2e features 5 new chapters: Writing in Academic Contexts, Giving Presentations, Idioms, Prepositions, and Englishes.
Easy to use
The best handbooks are ones that are easiest to use. To that end, The Little Seagull Handbook has menus, directories, reference flaps, a glossary / index in everyday language, hand-edited examples, color-coding, and an intuitive organization.
The best documentation coverage available in a pocket handbook
The Little Seagull Handbook provides guidelines for MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles. Color-coded documentation maps, directories, and templates make it easy for students to find the information they need. The 2e includes a full MLA-style paper.
More materials for students whose primary language isn’t English
Prepositions, phrasal verbs, articles, and idioms are covered in some detail, with extensive coverage of phrasal verbs and idioms, diagnostic quizzes and exercises for non-native speakers, and advice for teachers on issues they may not be accustomed to teaching.
Mobile version—The Little Seagull to Go
The mobile version of the complete handbook is as easy to use and portable as the print book. Students can reference the entire handbook on their mobile device or computer. The Little Seagull to Go can be packaged for free with either version of the book—and comes with 4 years of access.
*new to the 2e
How to Use This Book
W-1 Writing Contexts
*W-2 Writing in Academic Contexts
W-3 Writing Processes
W-4 Developing Paragraphs
W-5 Designing What You Write
*W-6 Giving Presentations
Kinds of Writing
W-8 Textual Analyses
W-10 Personal Narratives
W-11 Literary Analyses
W-12 Annotated Bibliographies
Ways of Reading
W-14 Reading Strategies
R-1 Doing Research
R-2 Evaluating Sources
R-3 Synthesizing Ideas
R-4 Integrating Sources, Avoiding Plagiarism
MLA MLA Style
APA APA Style
CMS Chicago Style
CSE CSE Style
S-1 Complete Sentences
S-2 Sentence Fragments
S-3 Comma Splices, Fused Sentences
S-5 Subject-Verb Agreement
S-8 Coordination, Subordination
L-1 Appropriate Words
L-2 Precise Words
L-4 Words Often Confused
L-6 Unnecessary Words
L-7 Adjectives and Adverbs
L-9 Words That Build Common Ground
Punctuation / Mechanics
P-3 End Punctuation
P-4 Quotation Marks
P-6 Other Punctuation