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Communication 101--Dr. Randall-Griffiths: MLA & APA

This guide will help you discover resources to support your speeches in Dr. Randall-Griffiths COM101 class.

APA Publication Manual

APA Style originated in 1929, when a group of psychologists, anthropologists, and business managers convened and sought to establish a simple set of procedures, or style rules, that would codify the many components of scientific writing to increase the ease of reading comprehension.

As with other editorial styles, APA Style consists of rules or guidelines that a publisher observes to ensure clear and consistent presentation of written material. It concerns uniform use of such elements as

  • selection of headings, tone, and length;
  • punctuation and abbreviations;
  • presentation of numbers and statistics;
  • construction of tables and figures,
  • citation of references; and
  • many other elements that are a part of a manuscript.

APA Style rules and guidelines are found in the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

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MLA Handbook

  

Call Number: REF LB2369 .G53 2016
Ask for the most current edition at the Information Desk. Earlier editions are available in our Reference Collection or to check out. The librarians can also access the online edition ot the handbook.

The Modern Language Association, the authority on research and writing, takes a fresh look at documenting sources in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. Works are published today in a dizzying range of formats. A book, for example, may be read in print, online, or as an e-book--or perhaps listened to in an audio version. On the Web, modes of publication are regularly invented, combined, and modified. Previous editions of the MLA Handbook provided separate instructions for each format, and new formats required additional instructions. In this groundbreaking new edition of its best-selling handbook, the MLA recommends instead one universal set of guidelines, which writers can apply to any source.

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