Citing Sources

The Modern Language Association (MLA) says it wants to make the always boring process (as strudent, writer and teacher) of citing sources less tedious. As this article points out, it has only gotten more complicated by the variety of digital sources that have emerged and continue to emerge. I recall faculty laughing at the idea of having to cite a tweet, but now it is definitely accepted.

The latest edition (8th) of the MLA Handbook includes that and YouTube videos and other digital sources. The handbook will also have a digital style center to answer questions and offer samples. More important to users is that it moves towards streamlining citations by taking more of a logic-based, rather than rules-based approach. 


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