Local pick-up preferred (please call first) but will ship at the buyer s expenseKingston Books 3 IMG_1119Author Joseph GibaldiPublisher THE MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATIONContents by Chapter (in brief)Foreward by Phyllis Franklin ..xvChapter 1. Research and WritingChapter 2. PlagiarismChapter 3. The Mechanics of WritingChapter 4. The Format of the Research PaperChapter 5. Documentation Preparing the List of Works CiterChapter 6. Documentation Citing Sources in the TextChapter 7. AbbreviationsAppendix A Selected Reference Works by FieldAppendix B Other Systems of DocumentationSample pages of a Research Paper in MLA Stylr ..319Index ..323The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is designed to introduce you to the customs of a community of writers who greatly value scrupulous scholarship and the careful documentation or recording of research. Read from beginning to end the MLA Handbook provides a comprehensive picture of how research papers are created. Once you are familiar with the contents you can use the book as a reference tool. Chapter 1 suggests some of the educational and intellectual purposes of research and describes the first steps in a scholarly project choosing a topic using a library and the Internet evaluating electronic sources and producing a working bibliography notes outlines and drafts. Chapter 2 explains why plagiarism is an important concern and how to avoid unintentional plagiarism. Chapter 3 gives practical advice on such matters as spelling punctuation and the presentation of names numbers titles of works and quotations. This chapter is meant to help you craft writing that is clear consistent and stylistically authoritative. Chapter 4. Gives guidelines on the physical format of the paper. The next two chapters cover the MLA s system or style of documenting print and electronic sources chapter 5 explains how to list sources at the end of a paper while chapter 6 shows how to cite them in the text of a paper. Chapter 7 describes abbreviations that are useful in documentation and in certain other contexts. Appendix A lists notable reference works in specialized fields appendix B presents some systems of documentation other than the MLA s. Finally there are some sample pages of a research paper that illustrate MLA style.Learning the rules the MLA Handbook outlines will help you become a writer whose work deserves serious consideration. Similarly your study of these rules can make you a more discerning reader knowing how an author is supposed to use sources is essential to judging a text s reliability.Paperback 359 pages ISBN 0-87352-986-3
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