RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 40752209 LA English T1 MLA handbook for writers of research papers A1 Gibaldi, Joseph,, Modern Language Association of America., PB Modern Language Association of America PP New York YR 1999 SN 0873529758 9780873529754 AB The handbook takes readers through the research paper process step by step, and includes information on narrowing the topic, outlining, note taking, etc. Before dealing with such mechanics of writing as spelling, punctuation, and format, the manual covers the use of catalogs (online and paper), indexes, and databases in the library and offers a list of some standard print and electronic reference works. The sections on documentation in text and citations seem to include every type of source and possible variable. The work concludes with abbreviations for terms used in research, reference sources by subject, and some examples of other styles of documentation. Examples within each section are printed in a font different from the explanatory text, a feature that allows the user to easily find the appropriate format. Chapters are divided by subtopics with numeric denotation; an index makes topics easy to find.