MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers / Edition 7

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Overview


Widely adopted by universities, colleges, and secondary schools, the MLA Handbook gives step-by-step advice on every aspect of writing research papers, from selecting a topic to submitting the completed paper. For over half a century, the MLA Handbook is the guide millions of writers have relied on.

The seventh edition is a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to research and writing in the online environment. It provides an authoritative update of MLA documentation style for use in student writing, including simplified guidelines for citing works published on the Web and new recommendations for citing several kinds of works, such as digital files and graphic narratives.

"The new edition presents a comprehensive guide to preparing research papers and includes detailed coverage using computers for research and citing electronic publications."

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This revision to the 2003 edition incorporates recent changes to accepted language and punctuation rules. It likewise addresses developments made by technology's rapid advance. Unlike its more complex cousin, the MLA Style Manual, this edition is geared toward secondary and undergraduate researchers and offers thorough explanations of research basics as well as essential annotated diagrams, whenever applicable. The slender paperback offers a fully searchable online component that remains available for the edition's lifespan.


—Savannah Schroll Guz
Library Journal
Gibaldi has been affiliated with the Modern Language Association's (MLA) Book Publishing and Research Program since 1976 and has been involved with every edition of the MLA Handbook. This classic tool for humanities scholars is a collaborative effort by MLA staff members and scholars, especially the Committee on Computers and Emerging Technologies in Teaching and Research. Core guidelines for formal research and writing are retained from earlier editions, but new rules have been developed for citing electronic material. Some sections have been expanded, and new summaries provide quick reference for key ideas, from selecting a topic to writing drafts. At the request of MLA members, an entire chapter addresses fundamental issues of academic honesty for a generation that has come of age amid Napster lawsuits and professional journalistic scandals. Plagiarism is defined in detail, along with examples of instances when source documentation is not needed and examples of copyright infringement. There is a new section on full-text databases and a revised section on evaluation of Internet resources for quality information. The "Citing Electronic Publications" section is more user-friendly and is now enhanced with annotated illustrations. Needed updates will be online at www.mla.org, but there is a growing demand for the entire content of this handbook to be available online as an electronic book. Essential for every high school and post-secondary library.-Betty J. Glass, Univ. of Nevada, Reno Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Now a standard for students throughout the U.S., the original style sheet was published in 1951 and the first edition in book form appeared in 1977. This newest edition has been expanded to cover electronic searching methods, using computers to write research papers, and citing electronic publications. An excellent section on library use clearly explains paper and online catalogs. While there is no comparison of different word-processing programs, computers are touted as making the research writer's job much easier by combining steps and allowing movement between outlines and drafts. The new section on citing electronic formats is done well and with common sense; more than once, the reader is told that if complete information cannot be found, cite what is available. This new edition of a standard style handbook should be in every library.-Lisa J. Cochenet-Cihlar, Winfield P.L., Ill.
Booknews
The authoritative guide to research and scholarly writing at the high school and undergraduate levels. Updates the 1995 edition with new resources throughout, as well as a toolbox for online research and expanded MLA formats for documenting online sources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Newsweek Magazine
The style Bible for most college students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603290241
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 20,710
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.10 (d)

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Fantastic Book for College Students of All Ages

    As a student at a community college, we are required to take English Composition courses as part of our general studies. I am currently in English Composition 102, where we must write a research paper with a minimum of seven pages using this book as our guide. This book has been a fantastic asset to my success with this paper, and it will definitely be useful to me during the duration of my years in college. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially college students, whether you are a freshman or in graduate school.

    Although our college bookstore has this book for the same price, I purchased this book at Barnes and Noble just to save a dollar with my membership card discount. Barnes and Noble is one of my favorite stores to purchase textbooks because of all the discounts I can receive.

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    Posted February 20, 2010

    A "Must Have" for students

    This is a "must have" for all college students, and most high school students who are college bound as well. I am an adult college student, returning to school almost 30 years after high school, and this book has been invaluable! It's laid out in a sensible format, and relevant information is easy to find. I can't recommend this book strongly enough for any student!

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    Posted December 20, 2013

    Very helpful.

    A must have if you are writing scholarly papers dealing with poetry or plays.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I have been in many English classes through out my life time and have written many term and research papers, and even though I have learned the MLA method of writing, until I bought this book and looked through it, I didn't really UNDERSTAND what I was writing and why I was writing it the way I was writing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Great for college papers!!!!

    This book has helped so much in the formation of my papers! This book is a must have throughout college!

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    My son has really used this in his education!

    When my son was in high school we checked this book out of our library so many times, we finally realized we should buy it. He did great in high school with it, and now that he is in college, he is a truly great writer. Both of the English professors he has had in his first two college English classes say he is working 2 levels higher in his writing, and both professors are using his writings for their future classes as examples of "How to Write". Pretty good, huh? An essential book for your writing education.

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

    The Bible

    It makes my students job so easy. When they have a question about their paper, the answer can be found in this book. Don't write a paper without it.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Good book for students

    I am a student. My English professor kept on telling us that the MLA style is changing. It is changing, therefore, whatever our textbook says could be right or wrong according to her opinion. As a student, I had no reliable source to write my paper. I finally decided to purchase this book as a reference. I would highly recommend this book for any student learning the MLA style. Half of my classmates dropped the course [you know why]. I survived that course and got a B. Lucky me!!!

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