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What’s New in the Eighth Edition | Modern Language Association

What’s New in the Eighth Edition | Modern Language Association | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
" The eighth edition of the MLA Handbook introduces a new model for entries in the works-cited list, one that reflects recent changes in how works are published and consulted. Previously, a writer created an entry by following the MLA’s instructions for the source’s publication format (book, DVD, Web page, etc.). That approach has become impractical today, since publication formats are often combined (a song listened to online, for example, could have been taken from a record album released decades ago) or are undefinable. In the new model, the work’s publication format is not considered. Instead of asking, “How do I cite a book [or DVD or Web page]?” the writer creates an entry by consulting the MLA’s list of core elements—facts common to most works—which are assembled in a specific order. "
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Supreme Court citations are falling apart as web links begin to change and disappear

Supreme Court citations are falling apart as web links begin to change and disappear | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Supreme Court opinions have been falling apart — or at least, their citations have. A study led by Harvard Law School professor Jonathan Zittrain found that half of all web links that the Supreme Court have ever included in an opinion have now changed from their original state or disappeared entirely."

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"Link Rot": the number one reason that a URL is not an adequate citation. This is why your librarian is always harping on about teaching students how to do a complete citation...

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Do Your Students Know How to Cite a Tweet?

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Do Your Students Know How to Cite a Tweet? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

How to cite a tweet in MLA format.

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EasyBib in Depth: It's More Than Just Citations

EasyBib in Depth: It's More Than Just Citations | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Uber-librarian Julie Greller shares the resources that Easy Bib makes available to educators, and some of the tools that the site offers for students to use that they probably don't even know are there. And if all of these ideas for teaching about the various aspects of citations and avoiding plagiarism make you want to run screaming from the room because you can't think of anything you'd less like to teach, remember, your school librarian LOVES this stuff and will be more than happy to pinch-hit.

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Guidelines for Authors of Digital Resources

These guidelines recommend best practices for authors and the minimal reference information that should be provided in digital resources intended for use by students, teachers, and scholars in the modern languages.
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The MLA has developed guidelines for digital authorship--so, the next website or webpage you or your students create should meet these requirements for accessibility, structure, and attribution.

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