Research Papers helps students master essential research skills through engaging topics, interesting readings, and practical exercises designed to guide the beginning writer from asking basic questions to pursuing thoughtful investigation. Students become familiar with the latest tools for locating information and learn to evaluate the articles, books, and Web sites that result from traditional and electronic searches. The Second Edition features a thematically organized casebook that complements the text with additional poems, essays, and dramatic works to stimulate students' research ideas. The text continues to lead students through each stage of writing their own research papers, from identifying possible subjects to proofreading the finished paper. The unique, hands-on workbook approach presents numerous exercises that help students gain the confidence and learn the skills for brainstorming, inquiring, organizing, and avoiding plagiarism. Students receive the most up-to-date information on MLA documentation with the enclosed tri-fold card providing NEW 2009 MLA Handbook formats.