The Essential Guide: Writing Research Papers Across the Disciplines is the ultimate brief research reference. Pocket-sized and inexpensive, this research guide is priced to work as a supplement in any research-oriented course. Designed to be a guide for writing research papers both in first-year composition courses and in upper-level courses in all disciplines, The Essential Guide: Writing Research Papers Across the Disciplines, Second Edition, features advice on the judicious handling of research materials as well as extensive coverage of electronic research and methods for publishing on the web. It remains rooted in the fundamentals of thorough library research but encourages and equips students to use the Internet as well as field research where appropriate. It endorses the written word while recognizing the value of graphics, audio, video, and slide presentations. Numerous student samples and excerpts model different types of research papers from across the disciplines. Comprehensive coverage of the four most common documentation systems increases the text's usability beyond the composition classroom. A dedicated website for the original Writing Research Papers is available to users of the brief version as well.James D. Lester is the author of 'The Essential Guide to Research Writing Across the Disciplines MLA Update Edition, Second Edition', published 2003 under ISBN 9780321202512 and ISBN 0321202511.