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Researching and Writing with 2009 MLA Update



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Click here to find out more about the 2009 MLA updates . Brief and inexpensive yet remarkably thorough this guide to the research process is ideal for any course that requires source-based writing.

Author Biography

MARCIA F. MUTH teaches, writes, and edits. She has taught first-year composition at The Ohio State University and now offers writing workshops through the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Denver. She is the author or co-author of several composition textbooks and ancillaries, including The Bedford Guide for College Writers, Seventh Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005) and Harold D. Lasswell: An Annotated Bibliography. Her various projects as a writer and editor have included many grant proposals, textbooks, reports, and other publications.

Table of Contents

  1. Defining Your Quest
    Understanding the Purpose of Research
    Defining Your Quest
    Planning Your Project
  2. Managing Your Research Project
    Generating Ideas and Forming a Research Question
    Organizing Your Project
  3. Finding Sources in the Library
    Searching for Reliable Sources
    Using the Online Catalog
    Searching Databases: Periodical Indexes and Bibliographies
    Consulting Reference Materials
    Locating Special Materials
    Selecting Relevant and Reliable Sources
  4. Finding Sources on the Internet
    Using the Internet for Research
    Conducting Advanced Electronic Searches
    Finding Specialized Online Materials
  5. Finding Sources in the Field
    Gathering Information in the Field
    Corresponding with Others
    Attending Public and Online Events
  6. Evaluating Sources
    Evaluating Possible Sources
    Evaluating Library and Internet Sources
    Evaluating Field Sources
    Reconsidering Your Purpose and Your Thesis
  7. Drawing Information from Sources
    Reading for Information and Supporting Evidence
    Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing in Your Notes
  8. Capturing Source Material in Your Paper
    Launching Source Material in Your Paper
    Citing Source Material in Your Paper
  9. Avoiding Plagiarism
    Conducting Research and Writing with Integrity
    Acknowledging the Thoughts and Words of Sources
    Crediting Sources Fairly and Accurately
  10. Writing Your Research Paper
    Planning and Drafting
    Revising and Editing
  11. Crediting Your Sources
    Deciding What to Credit
    Citing Sources in Your Text
    Listing Sources at the End
  12. Using MLA Style
    Understanding MLA Style
    Citing Sources: MLA Style
    Listing Sources: MLA Style
    A Sample Research Paper in MLA Style
  13. Using APA Style
    Understanding APA Style
    Citing Sources: APA Style
    Listing Sources: APA Style
    A Sample Research Paper in APA Style
  14. Using Chicago Style
    Understanding Chicago Style
    Citing Sources: Chicago Style
    Listing Sources: Chicago Style
    A Sample Research Paper in Chicago Style
  15. Using CSE Style
    Understanding Scientific Style
    Citing Sources: CSE Style
    Listing Sources: CSE Style
    A Sample Research Paper in CSE Style

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