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March 11, 2009

Modern Language Association Style Guide Has Big Changes

This news item in /Inside Higher Education/ would be of interest to many --

The /MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers/ (Modern Language Association) has been updated. A couple of the changes show the sea-change scholarship is undergoing:

* "no longer recognizes print as the default medium, and suggests
that the medium of publication should be included in each works
cited entry "
* "the MLA has ceased to recommend inclusion of URLs in citing
Web-based works "

In addition, much of the Handbook is now only available online, and thus only available to individuals who have paid for a copy of the Handbook:

The latest edition of the standard style guide for language and literary study is thinner than the last (and considerably less shiny) – thinner because it is the first to be complemented by a Web component. The password-protected Web site includes the full (and searchable) text of the handbook, plus 200 online-only examples, and a series of 30-plus-step narratives taking undergraduates through the process of writing a paper, complete with model papers available in PDF form and professors' sample comments.

Posted by Katie Newman at March 11, 2009 3:22 PM