MLA: print no longer default medium

in DigiLib BLog
March 20th, 2009

In case more evidence was needed that scholarly work created in media other than print is, well, scholarly work, MLA makes a statement (as reported by Inside Higher Ed):

Even in citations, print is the default no more. The seventh edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, released Tuesday, states that the Modern Language Association no longer recognizes print as the default medium, and suggests that the medium of publication should be included in each works cited entry. Moreover, the MLA has ceased to recommend inclusion of URLs in citing Web-based works – unless the instructor requires it or a reader would likely be unable to locate the source otherwise.[...]

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.

The seventh edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, six years in the making, is available for purchase here.

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