- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Linworth (December 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158683343X
- ISBN-13: 978-1586833435
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,724,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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MLA Made Easy: Citation Basics for Beginners
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This work presents 10 chapters organized into three parts: “Understanding and Creating MLA Citations,” “Parenthetical Documentation,” and “Formatting.” The title of the book is both accurate—it makes citing easy—and misleading, as the coverage is suitable in many ways for any type of citation formatting. Heath covers finding the needed information for a citation, summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting, and researching without plagiarism. The real value of the work lies in the figures that guide the user in locating necessary information for a citation and the “Works Cited Templates,” designed to help students get started. This is a valuable book for any library where patrons or librarians are doing writing that requires citations. --Sara Marcus
"For those who dread teaching the proper way to cite sources, or feel inadequate doing so and send students to an online source, this book is for you. . . . This would be useful to librarians in any type of school―from middle school to college. Recommended." - Library Media Connection
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I especially like the way the author gently and carefully walks readers through the "Who, What, Where, and How" of the organization of bibliographic content to create correct citations. Then, realizing how visual contemporary college students are, her use of dozens of illustrations of title pages and web sites with arrows pointing out the content necessary for developing the citation, is especially useful.
In Chapter 1, the author focuses on understanding plagiarism; engaging in critical thinking; and how to practice research skills.
In Chapter 2, readers are instructed as to how to identify and use the information needed to create citations.
In Chapter 3, the author offers explanations as to how to cite books. In Chapter 4 she continues the discussions of the previous chapter, but focuses on explaining citations for magazines, journals and newspapers; and, in Chapter 5 she explains how students can cite electronic media from websites, databases and other computer-based products. Chapter 6 continues with discussion of how to cites misc sources such as films, speeches, interviews, performances, etc.
In Chapter 7, the author discusses the process of incorporating the work of an author without plagiarizing using techniques to summarize, paraphrase and quote. This is followed, in Chapter 8, with discussion of parenthetical documentation, focusing on developing text that is readable and accurate.
In Chapter 9 readers learn how the Works Cited page is constructed. Then, the author concludes with Chapter 10, which provides helpful and detailed instructions regarding the typing and formatting of the final draft.
I wish this book were more reasonably priced, say $15.95 instead of the list price of $35.00, as it would make an excellent supplemental textbook for students writing their first college term paper in Freshman English. A text for faculty to use to slowly -- over the course of the term, to walk students through the research paper writing and documentation process.
Instead, with this price, it appears that the target market is that of Reference collections of academic libraries. As such, I think the publishers have made a mistake in doing this, as libraries would be more likely to purchase multiple copies of the current edition of the MLA Handbook instead of multiple copies of this book.
Highly recommended for college and university library collections and as a supplemental text for Freshman English classes.
R. Neil Scott
Middle Tennessee State University