Research and Documentation in the Digital Age with 2016 MLA Update

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2016-07-05
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
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THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.

With thoroughly revised advice for finding, evaluating, and documenting sources, this handy spiral-bound booklet covers the essential information college students need for research assignments in more than 30 disciplines. New, up-to-date documentation models guide students as they cite common sources and newer sources — such as blogs, podcasts, online videos, and reposted Web content — in one of four documentation styles (MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE). And new advice and examples help students engage in the research process, find entry points in debates, and develop their authority as researchers. The many examples, according to one college librarian, "are realistic and relevant." Research and Documentation in the Digital Age is the perfect companion to any college textbook.

Author Biography

Diana Hacker personally class-tested her handbooks with nearly four thousand students over thirty-five years at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, where she was a member of the English faculty. Hacker handbooks, built on innovation and on a keen understanding of the challenges facing student writers, are the most widely adopted in America. Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin’s, include The Bedford Handbook, Ninth Edition (2014); A Writer’s Reference, Eighth Edition (2015); Rules for Writers, Eighth Edition (2016); and A Pocket Style Manual, Seventh Edition (2015).
Barbara Fister is a professor and librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she directs the library's instruction program, works with the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning, and teaches several courses, including a first-term seminar. She has published widely on information literacy, the future of publishing, and popular reading practices; she also has published a book on third world women's literatures, three novels, and is a weekly columnist for Library Journal and Inside Higher Ed.

Table of Contents

Part I. Getting started

Seeing the big picture

Developing a focused research question

Using references to get an overview

Developing effective search terms

Identifying and filling gaps

Accessing sources

Part II. Choosing sources

Finding sources

Evaluating sources

Knowing what sources to avoid

Tracing the influence of a source

Getting involved in scholarly conversations

Part III: Managing information

Staying organized anywhere

Using information from sources in your writing

Avoiding unintentional plagiarism

Using citation management tools

Part IV: Research and documentation in the humanities

Finding sources in the humanities

General resources

Art and architecture






Theater, dance, and film

World languages and linguistics

Citing sources in the humanities: MLA style

MLA in-text citations

MLA list of works cited

MLA manuscript format

Sample MLA research paper

Part V: Research and documentation in history

Finding sources in history

General resources

World history

American history

Citing sources in history: Chicago style

Chicago documentation style

Chicago manuscript format

Sample pages from a Chicago research paper

Part VI: Research and documentation in the social sciences

Finding sources in the social sciences

General resources


Business and economics

Communication studies

Criminal justice


Ethnic and area studies

Gender and women’s studies


Nursing and health sciences


Political science



Citing sources in the social sciences: APA Style

APA in-text citations

APA list of references

APA manuscript format

Sample APA research paper

Part VII: Research and documentation in the sciences

Finding sources in the sciences

General resources



Computer science


Environmental sciences



Physics and astronomy

Citing sources in the sciences: CSE Style

CSE documentation systems

CSE in-text citations

CSE references

CSE manuscript format

Sample pages from a CSE research paper

List of Style Manuals

Part VIII: Glossary of research terms

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