Thursday, July 8, 2010

Every little comma

Image from here.

I have recently received in the mail the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (I can hear the excited "ohhhhs" and "ahhhs" as you just read that sentence).

The thing is, this new edition comes with a activation code that allows you access to an accompanying web site where the whole book is available online, which means searching for where to put that comma or question mark (before or after the bracket?), or what to do with multiple texts by the same author becomes much easier. I wish I had this for my Masters thesis!

It is still written for a first year undergraduate audience, with advice for backing up your drafts on "disk" and clunky information about the "World Wide Web"; but the guide to citing sources in text and in the works cited list is well put together -- plus it is great to have the paper copy to write all over and the online version to search easily.

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