Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Format for Writing News

For the past three quarters, I have been on research leave. Where? No, not Paris, Cario, Tibet or even any place particularly warm (until last week). Yep, I stayed in Chicago. During the leave, I spent over seventy hours interviewing SNL students about writing and looking over their papers with them. As a result, I have lots to share with you about how to help SNL students develop as writers, learners and thinkers in your classes.

To share this information with you, I'm moving Writing News online at http://snlwritingnews.blogspot.com/ You can visit the site and post comments at any time. If you visit now, you'll find information about changes to the MLA citation style and the summer hours for the writing center. Each month, I'll add a post.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or would like to talk about writing and SNL students.
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For Writing News from December 2005 to August 2008, go to the “Writing Resources” section of the SNL Faculty Professional Development Blackboard site.

MLA Citation Style Has Changed

Even the Modern Language Association (MLA) has to keep up with the changing times. The updated MLA citation style includes the following changes:
  1. The medium of publication is now listed for every entry in the works cited, including books.
  2. URLs are no longer required in works-cited listings.
  3. Titles should be italicized, not underlined.
  4. MLA no longer distinguishes between journals that are paginated continuously and those paginated by issue. Issue and volume should be given for every journal article.
Students working from handbooks published before 2009 may not know about these changes. For more on the new MLA style as well as examples, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/15/

The American Psychological Association (APA) updated its citation style for electronic resources in 2007. Here is an overview of the changes they made: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Citation Machine is a nice resource to share with students. It asks them to input information about their source and then generates MLA or APA citations.

Summer Writing Center Hours

Summer 1: Monday through Thursday 10 - 6
LPC: Week 1, Wednesday June 17 through Thursday July 16 (summer 1 ends F 7/17)
Loop: Week 2, Monday June 22 through Thursday July 16

Summer 2: Monday through Thursday 10 - 6
LPC & Loop: Week 1, Monday July 22 through Thursday Aug. 20 (summer 2 ends F 8/21)