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The goal of A Research Guide for Students is to provide all the necessary tools for you to conduct research and to present your findings. Site provides a Quick Click to Search Engines, annotated Research, Writing, and Style Guides (MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, CGOS, CBE, Harvard), and Worlds of Knowledge housing some of the best education Web sites in a Virtual Library arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system. The DDC, created in 1873 by Melville Dewey, aka Melvil Dewey or Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey, was first published in 1876. Web sites in this virtual library are organized somewhat loosely by subject according to recent editions of the DDC. See also Discord Over Dewey by Andrew Lavallee, WSJ.com, and check out Dewey Decimal Classification: A Practical Manual of 23rd Edition.
From Dewey Decimal by Melissa Cassel: "When he [Melvil Dewey] was a child, he enjoyed reading books. While at school one day, the building caught fire. Melvil gathered as many books as possible from the library. He inhaled the smoke and got a cough, which lasted for several months. Melvil was told that he would not live. He decided to make the most of his time ... Melvil was committed to causes. He was organized in everything that he did. It took Melvil several years before he finally solved the classification of books ... He needed to use the simplest method possible to number the classification of all human knowledge in print." See also: 025.4 Dewey Decimal Classification.
A note from Wikipedia: "Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder is a book by David Weinberger published in 2007. The book's central premise is that there is no universally acceptable way of classifying information. Starting with the story of the Dewey Decimal Classification, Weinberger demonstrates that all attempts to classify inherently reflect the biases of the person defining the classification system."
This site also provides guidelines on: How to write an A+ research paper, How to effectively deliver a presentation, How to format a research or term paper, How to quote passages using MLA style 7th ed., How to avoid plagiarism, How to write Footnotes and Endnotes in MLA 6th ed. with examples on writing First Footnotes and Endnotes in MLA Style 6th ed. plus a Footnotes Sample Page in MLA 6th ed. and an Endnotes Sample Page in MLA 6th ed.
Note: With the 2009 publication of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 7th Edition, the traditional method of writing first Footnotes and Endnotes to cite sources has become obsolete, however, with Parenthetical Documentation you can still use Notes to add content and bibliographic notes when needed. See MLA Handbook 7th ed. (ch. 6.5) for information on Using Notes with Parenthetical Documentation or Content and Bibliographic Notes. Documenting sources in the text of your essay is much simpler by using only Parenthetical Documentation for citations followed by a Works Cited page at the end of the essay. Web pages based on the new MLA style 7th ed. (2009) are now available on this site. Web pages based on MLA style, 6th ed. (2003) will remain accessible.
Updated MLA Style 7th ed. pages include: How to write Parenthetical Documentation using MLA style 7th ed. Parenthetical Documentation Sample Page, Guidelines on Writing a Bibliography or Works Cited Page in MLA style 7th ed., Works Cited, References, and Bibliography - What's the Difference? Works Cited Sample Page using MLA citations 7th ed., and How to Write a Bibliography - Examples in MLA Style, 7th ed. including Internet citation examples.
Included on this site are Abbreviations of Months of the Year, Days of the Week, Books of the Bible, Common, Uncommon and Specialized Abbreviations, as well as Abbreviations, Facts, Flags, Maps of States in the United States of America, of Provinces and Territories in Canada, plus Cities of the World, Countries of the World with International Country Codes and National Anthems of the World.
Created specially for the serious-minded surfer is a page on How to Survive the Internet Unscathed.
NOTE: To everyone writing a report, a research essay, a term paper, or creating a Web page on the WWW: All ideas borrowed or sources used that are not your own must be documented and properly acknowledged. Plagiarism in any form is not permissible. Please use your good judgment to choose a variety of reliable sources. Information presented on this site is a guideline only, students are advised to use the type of documentation preferred by your teacher or instructor, including the choice to use MLA Style 6th edition, MLA Style 7th edition or other styles: APA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard, CGOS, CSE.
This site: A Research Guide for Students by I Lee began in July 1998. It includes a Virtual Library of Useful URLs arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification. This site will continue to be updated and maintained by I. Lee at bydewey.com. The domain: aresearchguide.com, containing partial contents of this site, migrated to the UK on 14 May 2006, which is no longer maintained by this author.
On 26 October 2009, all Geocities.com sites were closed by Yahoo! Someone (David Feinman?) has restored 2,370,970 accounts, archived and moved 31,703,925 pages from GeoCities.com to ReoCities.com, and later to Oocities.org. Also, the Library of the Collective Human Record (lchr.org) contains over 50,000 catalogued sites archived from GeoCities (1994-2009). You may be able to access some of the old Geocities.com web pages at: www.reocities.com/researchguide/index.html. However, if you click on the Title Logo: "A Research Guide for Students by I Lee" on the outdated page, for some strange reason, it will take you to the current official site: www.bydewey.com.
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