"Trimmer's Guide is an informative, concise, and usable reference which aids students in understanding MLA conventions and appropriately documenting their sources. The text covers key concepts and provides examples of each."
"The book provides comprehensive coverage of the primary documentation circumstances a student writer is likely to encounter, especially in the first two years of college. The book offers cogent and clear counsel on the importance of evaluating sources before using them. It also gives explicit examples of the most prevalent kinds of plagiarism, explaining exactly how it is manifest in each example and how the plagiarism could have been avoided in each case."
About the Author
Joseph F. Trimmer is professor of English and director of The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry at Ball State University. He is the author of numerous articles on literature, culture, and literacy, including THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION: THE FIRST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS (1978), UNDERSTANDING OTHERS: CULTURAL AND CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES AND THE TEACHING OF LITERATURE (1992), and NARRATION AS KNOWLEDGE: TALES OF THE TEACHING LIFE (1997). Professor Trimmer has also worked on 20 documentary films for PBS, including the six-part series, "Middletown" (1982). His textbooks include WRITING WITH A PURPOSE, 14th Edition (2004), THE RIVER READER, 12th Edition (formerly the RIVERSIDE READER (2016), and eFICTIONS (2002). Trimmer's A GUIDE TO MLA DOCUMENTATION, 9th Edition is a perennial bestseller; he has also published A GUIDE TO APA DOCUMENTATION.