A Guide to MLA Documentation by Joseph F. Trimmer

By Joseph F. Trimmer

Briefer, more affordable, and more uncomplicated to exploit than the MLA's personal instruction manual, this renowned publication gains present MLA guidance, a brand new part on comparing on-line assets, and an updated APA appendix. The advisor additionally offers various examples, a pattern learn paper, and invaluable tricks on such themes as fending off plagiarism and taking notes.

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Print. Avoiding Plagiarism Plagiarism is theft. It is using someone else’s words or ideas without giving proper credit—or without giving any credit at all—to the writer of the original. Whether plagiarism is intentional or unintentional, it is a serious offense that your instructor and school will deal with severely. You can avoid plagiarism by adhering scrupulously to the following advice. 26 / A Guide to MLA Documentation 1. Document your sources whenever you • Use a direct quotation • Copy a table, chart, or other diagram • Construct a table from data provided by others • Summarize or paraphrase a passage in your own words • Present specific examples, figures, or factual information that you have taken from a specific source and used to explain or support your judgments 2.

New York: Pantheon. Turnbull, C. M. (1965a). The Mbuti Pygmies of the Congo. In J. L. Gibbs, Jr. ), Peoples of Africa (pp. 281–317). New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Turnbull, C. M. (1965b). Wayward servants: The two worlds of the African Pygmies. Garden City, NY: Natural History Press. Index abbreviations in APA style, 36 in parenthetical references, 18 for publishers, 34 for reference resources, 35 in Works Cited, 3 abstracts, 8 addresses, 10 advertisements, 10 afterwords, 5 alphabetization of anonymous works, 17 in APA style, 36 of authors with the same last name, 15–16 of multiple books by the same author, 2 ampersand, 36 anonymous books and articles in newspapers, 7 in parenthetical reference, 17 in reference books, 6 in Works Cited, 4, 6, 7 anthologies, 5, 38 APA (American Psychological Association) style, 35–40 art works, 9 articles (part of speech), 2, 17 articles (written works) anonymous, 4, 6, 7, 17 on Internet, 12 in magazines, 7–8, 12, 38 in newspapers, 7, 38 in periodicals, 7–8, 12, 37 in reference books, 6 single-page, 17 in Works Cited, 7–8 authority of sources, 20 authors, anonymous in parenthetical references, 17 in Works Cited, 4 authors, corporate APA style for, 38 in parenthetical references, 17 in Works Cited, 4 authors, multiple APA style for, 36, 38, 40 in parenthetical references, 16 in Works Cited, 4 authors, single in APA style, 37–38, 40 multiple works by, 2, 4, 15 one book by, 3 authors, with same last name, 15–16 bibliography, 1.

This method is particularly useful if you have already established the identity of your source in a previous sentence and now want to develop the author’s ideas in some detail without having to clutter your sentences with constant references to his or her name. Slave narratives sometimes imitated the popular fiction of their era (Morrison 109). Works Cited Morrison, Toni. ” Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir. Ed. William Zinsser. Boston: Houghton, 1987. 101–24. Print. Avoiding Plagiarism Plagiarism is theft.

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