Research Papers with MLA Guide

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  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-05-01
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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Research Papers was the FIRST research manual for freshmen and continues to be a leading text for teaching techniques and current practices in research and research documentation. This spiral-bound worktext is structured to correspond to the step-by-step process of writing research papers, from initial research to the final proofreading. The text demonstrates the use of both print and electronic sources, including more than 50 examples of proper documentation. Updated and expanded discussions of computer catalogs, the Internet, and CD-ROM bring students up-to-date on the most recent innovations in library research techniques, including the latest changes to MLA and APA documentation. While stressing MLA style throughout, this text also discusses APA style in depth, and includes a new sample paper in that style. The major chapters contain exercises to reinforce their most important points, and the bibliography provides students with reliable reference sources in 24 different fields.

Table of Contents

Shaping Your Topic
Uses of Research
Conducting Your Research
Making Preliminary Decisions
Some Helpful Techniques
Searching for a Topic
Formulating a Thesis
Writing a Prospectus
Recording Possible Sources
Considering Main Points
Preliminary Decisions
First Steps
Learning Library Procedures
Layout of a Library
Using the Catalog
Locating Books
Computer Searching
The Reference Room
Exploring the Library
Using Basic Reference Sources
Listings of Books
Listings of Articles
Listings of Both Books and Articles
Searching Reference Works
Finding, Evaluating, and Recording Material
Evaluating Sources
Kinds of Sources
Fact vs. Opinion
Purposeful, Proficient Reading
Using Sources Efficiently
Taking Notes
Types of Notes
Differentiating Fact and Opinion
Taking Notes
Constructing Your Outline
Types of Outlines
The Outlining Process
Conventions of Outlining
Examples of Formal Outlines
Classification: Specific to general
Classification: General to Specific
Analyzing a Faculty Outline
Writing Your First Draft
Putting Words on Paper
Getting Started
Managing Borrowed Material
Plagiarism Once More
Avoiding Plagiarism
Preparing Your Final Copy
Effective Revision
Developing Your Outline
Writing in an Appropriate Style
Manuscript Form
Proofreading and Revision
Documenting a Paper: MLA Style (In-Text Citation)
Listing Sources
In-Text Citation
Explanation and Reference Notes
Sample Papers: In-Text Citation
The Edsel: What Went Wrong?
The Losers in "The Lottery"
Listing Sources in Works Cited
Documenting a Paper: Endnotes
Basic Procedure
Kinds of Citation Notes
Sample First Reference Note Forms
Sample Paper: Endnotes
Decline and Fall of the Oneida Community
Citing Sources in Endnotes
Documenting a Paper: APA Style
Listing References
In-Text Author-Date Citation
Other Differences Between MLA and APA Styles
Sample Paper: APA Style
Road Rage as Cultural Inheritance
Documenting a Paper: Other Styles
Variations of APA Style
The Number System
Documentation in Notes
Abbreviations and Basic Terms
Scholarly Forms
Library Terms and Abbreviations
Computer Terms
Publisher's Names
Months and States
Specialized Reference Works
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Ethnic Studies
Political Science
Sociology/Social Work
Women's Studies
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