A Guide to MLA Documentation,
10th Edition

Joseph F. Trimmer

ISBN-13: 9781337555999
Copyright 2019 | Published
48 pages | List Price: USD $62.95

Briefer, more affordable, and easier to use than the MLA's own handbook, this popular guide features the current MLA standards and principles, new annotated examples, and an expanded guide to citing online resources. You'll appreciate the Guide's numerous examples, a sample research paper, and helpful hints on such topics as evaluating resources and avoiding plagiarism.


1. Implications for Your Research and Composing.
Evaluating Resources.
Compiling Source Information.
Taking Notes.
Quoting Sources.
Summarizing and Paraphrasing Sources.
Avoiding Plagiarism.
2. Documenting Sources.
Preparing the List of Works Cited.
Using the Core Elements to Create Works-Cited Entries.
Sample Entries: Books in Print.
Sample Entries: Articles in Print Periodicals.
Sample Entries: Online Publications.
Sample Entries: Miscellaneous Sources.
Using Notes.
Abbreviations for MLA Documentation.
3. Annotated Student Research Paper: “The Perils of the Second Shift: Navigating Work Family Conflict in the 21st Century,” by Nichole Peña.

  • Joseph F. Trimmer

    Joseph F. Trimmer is Professor of English Emeritus and Director Emeritus 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.

  • NEW annotated and color-coded examples using MLA’s core elements model.

  • NEW guidance and examples prepare students to properly cite sources, including additional online sources such as podcasts, Spotify, Netflix, and Twitter.

  • NEW annotated student paper to give students extra support as they master documentation principles.

  • This edition has been fully updated to reflect the new MLA guidelines and principles.

  • EASY ACCESS: Concise and straightforward, A GUIDE TO MLA DOCUMENTATION has been reorganized to reflect the research and documentation process starting with “IMPLICATIONS FOR YOUR RESEARCH AND COMPOSING,” then “DOCUMENTING SOURCES,” to the new “ANNOTATED STUDENT RESEARCH PAPER.”

  • TO HELP STUDENTS UNDERSTAND AND AVOID PLAGIARISM, the author includes examples of incorrect documentation, as well as corrections that illustrate proper documentation of the source material.

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