MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th Edition (Large Print) / Edition 6

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The MLA Handbook is published by the Modern Language Association, the authority on MLA documentation style. Widely adopted in high schools, colleges, and publishing houses, the MLA Handbook treats every aspect of research writing, from selecting a topic to submitting the completed paper. The expanded, revised, and redesigned sixth edition of the Handbook is a complete, up-to-date guide to documentation style and online research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873529877
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition/Large Print
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 361
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 12.76 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xv
Chapter 1 Research and Writing
1.1. The Research Paper as a Form of Exploration 3
1.2. The Research Paper as a Form of Communication 5
1.3. Selecting a Topic 6
1.4. Conducting Research 8
1.5. Compiling a Working Bibliography 37
1.6. Evaluating Sources 41
1.7. Taking Notes 46
1.8. Outlining 48
1.9. Writing Drafts 57
1.10. Language and Style 60
1.11. Guides to Writing 61
Chapter 2 Plagiarism
2.1. Definition of Plagiarism 66
2.2. Consequences of Plagiarism 66
2.3. Information Sharing Today 68
2.4. Unintentional Plagiarism 69
2.5. Forms of Plagiarism 70
2.6. When Documentation Is Not Needed 73
2.7. Other Issues 74
2.8. Summing Up 75
Chapter 3 The Mechanics of Writing
3.1. Spelling 79
3.2. Punctuation 80
3.3. Italics (Underlining) 94
3.4. Names of Persons 96
3.5. Numbers 97
3.6. Titles of Works in the Research Paper 102
3.7. Quotations 109
3.8. Capitalization and Personal Names in Languages Other Than English 122
Chapter 4 The Format of the Research Paper
4.1. Printing or Typing 132
4.2. Paper 132
4.3. Margins 132
4.4. Spacing 133
4.5. Heading and Title 133
4.6. Page Numbers 134
4.7. Tables and Illustrations 134
4.8. Corrections and Insertions 137
4.9. Binding 138
4.10. Electronic Submission 138
Chapter 5 Documentation: Preparing the List of Works Cited
5.1. Documenting Sources 142
5.2. MLA Style 142
5.3. The List of Works Cited and Other Source Lists 144
5.4. Format of the List of Works Cited 145
5.5. Arrangement of Entries 146
5.6. Citing Books and Other Nonperiodical Publications 147
5.7. Citing Articles and Other Publications in Periodicals 180
5.8. Citing Miscellaneous Print and Nonprint Sources 194
5.9. Citing Electronic Publications 207
Chapter 6 Documentation: Citing Sources in the Text
6.1. Parenthetical Documentation and the List of Works Cited 238
6.2. Information Required in Parenthetical Documentation 238
6.3. Readability 239
6.4. Sample References 242
6.5. Using Notes with Parenthetical Documentation 258
Chapter 7 Abbreviations
7.1. Introduction 262
7.2. Time Designations 263
7.3. Geographic Names 264
7.4. Common Scholarly Abbreviations 265
7.5. Publishers' Names 272
7.6. Symbols and Abbreviations Used in Proofreading and Correction 274
7.7. Titles of Literary and Religious Works 275
Appendix A Selected Reference Works by Field
A.1. Anthropology 284
A.2. Art and Architecture 284
A.3. Biology 285
A.4. Business 285
A.5. Chemistry 286
A.6. Computer Science 286
A.7. Education 287
A.8. Environmental Sciences 287
A.9. Geography 288
A.10. Geology 288
A.11. History 289
A.12. Language and Literature 289
A.13. Law 291
A.14. Mathematics 291
A.15. Medicine 291
A.16. Music 292
A.17. Philosophy 292
A.18. Physics 293
A.19. Psychology 293
A.20. Religion 294
A.21. Science and Technology 294
A.22. Sociology 295
Appendix B Other Systems of Documentation
B.1. Endnotes and Footnotes 298
B.2. Author-Date System 313
B.3. Number System 315
B.4. Specialized Style Manuals 316
Sample Pages of a Research Paper in MLA Style 319
Index 323
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