This classic introductory text is renowned for its solid guidance in the writing, documenting, and formatting of research papers, reports, theses, and dissertations. Form and Style's comprehensive coverage of the research process ranges from choosing a topic and preparing a draft to documenting sources and creating a bibliography. The text provides models and explanations of four documentation styles: Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), and Columbia Guide to Online Style (CGOS).
Robert Perrin (Ph.D., University of Illinois—Champaign/Urbana) is currently Chairperson of the Department of English at Indiana State University, after serving as Director of Writing Programs for seventeen years. He has won the University's Caleb Mills Award for distinguished teaching and the Theodore Dreiser Award for distinguished research, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Professor award. He has published numerous articles on composition and teaching and has published seven textbooks and research guides, including The Beacon Handbook (six editions) and Handbook for College Research (three editions).
I. The Processes of Research and Writing 1. Writing Research Papers Choosing a Topic Collecting Information Outlining the Paper Writing the Paper Elements of Research Papers: Sample Pages 2. Theses and Dissertations The Preliminaries (Front Matter) The Text (Body) of the Paper Reference Materials (Back Matter, or End Matter) Elements of Theses and Dissertations: Sample Pages 3. Quotations Indirect Quotation (Summary and Paraphrase) Direct Quotation 4. Style and Mechanics Style Mechanics Editing and Proofreading 5. Figures and Tables Figures Tables Tables and Figures: Sample Pages 6. The Finished Copy The Final Draft Equipment and Supplies Printing Your Paper II. Systems of Documentation General Information on Documentation Purposes of Notes and Parenthetical References The List of Sources 7. Chicago Manual Style Footnotes and Endnotes Bibliographies Examples of Footnote and Endnote Forms and Bibliography Forms 8. Modern Language Association Style Content of Parenthetical Citations Placement and Punctuation of Parenthetical Documentation The List of Works Cited Works Cited Forms MLA-Style Shortened Forms of Publishers' Names and Imprints Sample Pages 9. American Psychological Association Style Parenthetical Reference Citations in Text Reference Forms The List of References Sample Pages Appendix A: Legal Citation Appendix B: Abbreviation of State Names Glossary Index