Tuesday September 9, 2008
Sentence Diagramming Chapter 1
MLA: What is it and why do you care?
The MLA writing style was created and honed by the MLA in 1883.
-Association of teachers and scholars
-created when modern languages were only just beginning to be taught in college and university curriculums (alongside the classical languages such as Greek and Latin)
-MLA has over 30,000 members and supports a number of publications and activities that are designed to strengthen teaching and scholarship of the study of literature and language.
-The MLA Handbook is one of the most popular of the MLA’s publications. It teaches us how to document our writing in the format most preferred by the majority of scholarly publications on language and literature.
-Whether or not you intend to continue in English, learning the proper researching and documentation skills will help you discern what makes a reliable source. These skills will also help you to become a better reader.
Kinds of essays:
1. The Research paper as a form of exploration
Personal essays vs. Research papers:
-Personal essays relay your individual thoughts, feelings, and opinions and don’t require or depend on any substantiating or outside research.
-At times we are required to extend beyond our personal feelings and resources in order to speak knowledgably to a subject.
-We use research in order to help us do this: the information we find in outside resources is integrated (cited properly! More on this later) into our own research.
Types of Research:
There are two kinds of research that make appearances in student research papers:
1) Primary Research: The study of a subject through firsthand observation and investigation.
Examples of primary research include: analyzing a literary or historical text,
Analyzing a film or performance
Conducting a survey or interview...