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MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing

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  • Rev. ed. of: MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing / Joseph Gibaldi. 2nd ed. 1998.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Foreword / Domna C. Stanton -- Preface / David G. Nicholls -- 1. Scholarly publishing. Scholars and scholarly publishing -- Refereed and nonrefereed publications -- Deciding to submit a manuscript -- Placing a manuscript with a journal. Scholarly journals ; Types of scholarly articles ; Selecting a journal ; Submitting a manuscript to a journal ; Evaluation of a manuscript ; Acceptance of a manuscript -- Placing a manuscript with a press. Scholarly presses ; Types of scholarly books ; Selecting a press ; Submitting a prospectus for a book ; Submitting a manuscript to a press ; Evaluation of a manuscript ; Acceptance of a manuscript -- Production and publication. Copyediting ; Proofreading ; Preparing an index ; Design ; Composition, printing, binding, electronic production ; Marketing -- Conclusion -- 2. Legal issues in scholarly publishing. Introduction -- Copyright. Development of copyright law in the United States ; Subject matter of copyright ; Ownership of copyright ; Co-ownership of copyright ; Works made for hire ; Material objects ; Term of copyright ; Registration of copyright ; Copyright notice ; Renewal of copyright ; Rights of copyright owners ; Transfers and terminations ; Fair use of copyrighted works ; Requesting permission ; Damages for copyright infringement and attorney's fees ; International copyright ; Copyright and computer networks -- Publishing Contracts. Books ; Journal articles and contributions to edited works -- Defamation. Libel ; Opinion ; Truth as defense ; Actual malice -- Right of privacy. Emergence of privacy law ; Unreasonable publicity of private life ; Publicity placing another in a false light ; Consent as defense -- Further guidance -- 3. Basics of scholarly writing. Audience, genre, and the conventions of scholarship -- Language and style -- Spelling. Consistency and choice of spelling ; Word division ; Plurals ; Accents ; Umlauts ; Ligatures and other special characters -- Punctuation. Purpose of punctuation ; Commas ; Semicolons ; Colons ; Dashes and parentheses ; Hyphens ; Apostrophes ; Quotation marks ; Square brackets ; Slashes ; Periods, question marks, and exclamation points ; Spacing after concluding punctuation marks -- Italics. Words and letters referred to as words and letters ; Foreign words in an English text ; Emphasis -- Names of persons. First and subsequent uses of names ; Titles of persons ; Names of authors and fictional characters ; Dutch and German names ; French names ; Greek names ; Hungarian names ; Italian names ; Russian names ; Spanish names ; Latin names ; Asian names ; Names in other languages -- Capitalization. English ; French ; German ; Italian ; Portuguese ; Russian ; Spanish ; Latin ; Other languages -- Titles of works in the manuscript. General guidelines ; Italicized titles ; Titles in quotation marks ; Titles and quotations within titles ; Exceptions ; Shortened titles -- Quotations. Accuracy of quotations ; Prose ; Poetry ; Drama ; Ellipsis ; Other alterations of sources ; Punctuation with quotations ; Translations of quotations -- Numbers. Arabic numerals ; Use of words or numerals ; Commas in numbers ; Percentages and amounts of money ; Dates and times of the day ; Inclusive numbers ; Roman numerals -- Romanization -- Further guidance --
  • 4. Preparation of scholarly manuscripts. Introduction -- Physical characteristics of the printed manuscript. Divisions of the text ; Margins ; Text formatting ; Title and author's name ; Page numbers ; Tables and illustrations ; Paper and printing ; Corrections and revisions ; Binding -- Manuscripts for publication -- 5. Preparation of theses and dissertations. Student works as professional documents -- Prescribed guidelines -- Selecting a topic -- Preparing a prospectus -- Special format requirements. Theses and dissertations as published works ; Divisions of the text ; Page numbers ; Margins ; Spacing ; Binding of print copies ; Submission of electronic files -- Publishing the dissertation through ProQuest. Terms of agreement ; Abstract ; Copyright ; Permissions -- 6. Documentation: preparating the list of works cited. The purposes of documentation -- Documentation and ethics -- MLA style -- The list of works cited. Introduction ; Placement of the list of works cited ; Arrangement of entries ; Two or more works by the same author ; Two or more works by the same authors ; Cross-references -- Citing periodical print publications. Introduction ; An article in a scholarly journal ; An article in a scholarly journal that uses only issue numbers ; An article in a scholarly journal with more than one series ; An article in a newspaper ; An article in a magazine ; A review ; An abstract in an abstracts journal ; An anonymous article ; An editorial ; A letter to the editor ; A serialized article ; A special issue -- Citing nonperiodical print publications. Introduction ; A book by a single author ; An anthology or a compilation ; A book by two or more authors ; A book by a corporate author ; A work in an anthology ; An article in a reference book ; An introduction, a preface, a foreword, or an afterword ; An anonymous book ; A scholarly edition ; A translation ; An illustrated book or a graphic narrative ; A book published in a second or subsequent edition ; A multivolume work ; A book in a series ; A republished book or journal issue ; A publisher's imprint ; A book with multiple publishers ; A brochure, pamphlet, or press release ; A government publication ; The published proceedings of a conference ; A book in a language other than English ; A book published before 1900 ; A book without stated publication ; Information or pagination ; An unpublished dissertation ; A published dissertation -- Citing web publications. Introduction ; A nonperiodical publication ; A scholarly journal ; A periodical publication in an online database -- Citing additional common sources. A television or radio broadcast ; A sound recording ; A film or a video recording ; A performance ; A musical score ; A work of visual art ; An interview ; A map or chart ; A cartoon or comic strip ; An advertisement ; A lecture, a speech, an address, or a reading ; A manuscript or typescript ; A letter, a memo, or an e-mail message ; A legal source ; An article in a microform collection of articles ; An article reprinted in a loose-leaf collection of articles ; A publication on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM ; A digital file -- A work in more than one publication medium -- 7. Documentation: citing sources in the text. Parenthetical documentation and the list of works cited -- Information required in parenthetical documentation -- Readability -- Sample references. Citing an entire work, including a work with no page numbers ; Citing part of a work ; Citing volume and page numbers of a multivolume work ; Citing a work listed by title ; Citing a work by a corporate author ; Citing two or more works by the same author or authors ; Citing indirect sources ; Citing common literature ; Citing more than one work in a single parenthetical reference ; Citing a book with signatures and no page numbers -- Using notes with parenthetical documentation. Content notes ; Bibliographic notes -- 8. Abbreviations. Introduction -- Time designations -- Geographic names -- Common scholarly abbreviations and reference words -- Publishers' names -- Titles of works. Bible ; Works by Shakespeare ; Works by Chaucer ; Other works -- Names of languages -- Proofreading symbols. Symbols used in the text ; Symbols used in the margin ; Sample marked proof -- Appendix: Specialized style manuals -- Sources of Examples in 3.4-5