Linda Schwartz, associate professor of English at Coastal
University, has published a textbook designed to assist students in
writing and documenting research papers. The Harcourt Guide to MLA
Documentation, published in late August 2000 by Harcourt College
Publishers, teaches students to use standard documentation methods
recommended by the Modern Language Association (MLA), a national
organization of English professors.
The text is primarily designed to be used by undergraduate college
students, but it is also suitable for upper level high school students
or for anyone else writing research papers using the MLA style of
documentation. It takes students through the entire process of writing
a research paper. The new text provides students with guidance for
doing research in a university library and on the Internet and explains
in depth the process of evaluating the reliability of Internet sources.
A unique feature of the new book is its chapter on documenting research
materials taken from online and print reference databases.
Schwartzos text features model research papers written by Jessica
Lynn Piezzo, a Coastal student majoring in psychology and by William E.
Files, a North Carolina School of the Arts student who attended summer
school at Coastal.
The Harcourt Guide to MLA Documentation is currently being used in
freshman, sophomore and upper level English, business and
interdisciplinary studies classes at Coastal and is being marketed to
professors throughout the United States.
Schwartz, who was educated at the University of South Carolina in
Columbia, joined the Coastal faculty in 1968. She was director of
freshman composition at Coastal from 1982 until 1996. Her earlier
publications include The Schwartz Guide to MLA Documentation, published
by McGraw-Hill in 1998.