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Briefer, more affordable, and easier to use than the MLA's own handbook, this popular booklet features current MLA guidelines, a new section on evaluating online sources, and an up-to-date APA appendix. The guide also provides numerous examples, a sample research paper, and helpful hints on such topics as avoiding plagiarism and taking notes.
"Trimmer's Guide is an informative, concise, and usable reference which aids students in understanding MLA conventions and appropriately documenting their sources. The text covers key concepts and provides examples of each."
"The book provides comprehensive coverage of the primary documentation circumstances a student writer is likely to encounter, especially in the first two years of college. The book offers cogent and clear counsel on the importance of evaluating sources before using them. It also gives explicit examples of the most prevalent kinds of plagiarism, explaining exactly how it is manifest in each example and how the plagiarism could have been avoided in each case."
Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)
Meet the Author
Joseph F. Trimmer is the professor of English and director of The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry at Ball State University. The author of numerous articles on literature, culture and literacy, Professor Trimmer's books include THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION: THE FIRST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS (1978), UNDERSTANDING OTHERS: CULTURAL AND CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES AND THE TEACHING OF LITERATURE (1992), and NARRATION AS KNOWLEDGE: TALES OF THE TEACHING LIFE (1997). Professor Trimmer has also worked on 20 documentary films for PBS including the six-part series, "Middletown" (1982). His textbooks include WRITING WITH A PURPOSE, 14th Edition (2004), THE RIVERSIDE READER 9th Edition (2008), and eFICTIONS (2002). Trimmer's A GUIDE TO MLA DOCUMENTATION, 9th Edition is a perennial bestseller and he has recently published A GUIDE TO APA DOCUMENTATION.
CONTENTS 1. IMPLICATIONS FOR YOUR RESEARCH AND COMPOSING. Evaluating Sources. Compiling Source Information. Taking Notes. Quoting Sources. Summarizing and Paraphrasing Sources. Avoiding Plagiarism 2. DOCUMENTING SOURCES. 3. PREPARING THE LIST OF WORKS CITED. Sample Entries: Books in Print. Sample Entries: Articles in Print Periodicals. Sample Entries: Miscellaneous Print and Nonprint Sources. Sample Entries: Web Publications. 4. USING NOTES. 5. ANNOTATED STUDENT RESEARCH PAPER. 6. ABBREVIATIONS FOR MLA DOCUMENTATION. APPENDIX ON APA STYLE.