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MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 2nd Edition 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0873526999
ISBN-10: 0873526996
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America; 2 edition (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873526996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873526999
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is the ultimate guide for writers. It is one of two books published by the Modern Language Association, and of the two, this one provides the complete guide to the MLA style. This book serves graduate students and scholarly writers best. It discusses publishing and legality as well as basics of writing and source citations. Many examples accompany the explanations clearly exhibiting the proper usage; however, this book is not necessary for the average research writer or undergraduate. If you are looking for a quick reference guide to proper MLA style, this is not the book for you. I would recommend the MLA HANDBOOK. The MLA HANDBOOK provides an easier, condensed version of the MLA STYLE MANUAL. This book is a waste of your money if all you need is information on how to do a works cited page or an annotated bibliography. The handbook is cheaper and would serve you much better. Regardless, the manual would serve anyone well and is a perfect reference book for anyone's personal library.
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Gibaldi's MLA STYLE MANUAL AND GUIDE TO SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING describes itself perfectly. This fine reference book is designed for academics in the humanities who must adhere to the MLA style when writing papers, both for publication and advanced coursework. Not an introduction to MLA style, this book aims to guide the reader through the finer intricacies of scholarly writing by covering topics such as the proper use of punctuation, including slashes, square brackets, and semi-colons; using proper names from non-English speaking countries; questions of capitalization; abbreviations; and language and style. The author devotes an entire section to the legal issues of publishing academic papers, and another to thesis and dissertation formats. Perhaps the most detailed and helpful section concerns documentation and the format for citations, from corporate papers to electronic sources to books without page numbers. For those preparing for publication, the author offers practical guidelines for formatting manuscripts. Gibaldi's explanations are always clear and precise.
I highly recommend this manual for upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and professors in the humanities. (Scientific style is somewhat different.) If you are just beginning to familiarize yourself with MLA style, you might feel more comfortable with Gibaldi's other stylebook, MLA HANDBOOK FOR WRITERS OF RESEARCH PAPERS.
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When I picked this book up I was simply looking for ways to cite internet resources. It turns out the people at MLA have got a lot more to offer. The book did a great job at showing the hows and whys of writing well. As for citations, a critical aspect of most research, the Guide gave a multitude of different types of sources and how to cite them, not only in the Works Cited but also in endnotes and footnotes. Perhaps my only complaint would be the repetition in seperate chapters on citation. It was not initially clear what the purpose of the repetition was. That said, I will use this book again and again as a perfect tool when writing my papers.
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