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MLA Formatting and Style Guide: MLA Update 2009

The OWL at Purdue tells us of interesting changes in the Modern Language Association’s principles for documentation: MLA Formatting and Style Guide: MLA Update 2009.

Among other things, titles of books are no longer underlined, but italicized. And:

No More URLs! While website entries will still include authors, article names, and website names, when available, MLA no longer requires URLs. Writers are, however, encouraged to provide a URL if the citation information does not lead readers to easily find the source.

This may make a Works Cited list nicer to look at, but certainly it will be less useful, since it will take longer to actually find the source in many cases. Even if URLs changed or disappeared, it has often been possible to find the original page by accessing the Web Archive (a.k.a. The WayBack Machine). If a student does not provide URLs, that will no longer be feasible.

Hmph. I’ll indeed encourage my students to include URLs. Strongly.

1 comment to MLA Formatting and Style Guide: MLA Update 2009

  • > Among other things, titles of books are no longer underlined, but italicized.

    Hooray!

    > I’ll indeed encourage my students to include URLs. Strongly.

    I will encouragingly force them ;-)