Thursday, May 22, 2014

The New and Improved Style Manuals

Several years ago, the Modern Language Association issued a new edition of the MLA Handbook. The handbook, now in its seventh edition, was revised to better suit academic writing and research in a digital environment. But even though we now regularly write papers that rely entirely on online sources and incorporate a variety of electronic media, not everyone is aware of the changes. 

Here are just a few of the key updates in the seventh edition: 
  • Citations for online sources do not need to include a URL. The rest of the citation provides enough information that the reader will be able to find the source through a search engine or database. Moreover, URLs are not necessarily stable; a link that worked at the time of writing may be dead before a reader sees it. 
  • For in-text citations from online sources like Web sites, there's no need to use a paragraph or section number in place of a page number, unless the source itself is already numbered. 
  • Now that we have an incredible variety of media at our disposal, making the medium of publication clear is important. Citations should indicate whether the source was Print, Web, Radio, Television, DVD, Film, PDF, etc.
  • Computer keyboards have made it much easier to italicize than underline. Anything that used to be underlined, such as book titles, should now be italicized.
For a more complete list of the changes in the seventh edition, click here to download a PDF compiled by Bedford/St. Martin's. 

The APA Publication Manual was also recently revised and published in a sixth edition. Like MLA, APA style now better supports writers working with online sources. (Click here for a brief overview.) Students writing in education, business, psychology, and other social sciences are likely to find APA style more useful, as well as the format used in much of the source material they will encounter in their research.

MLA has always been the preferred style for scholarly writing in the humanities, but since it also provides highly detailed information about using and citing a wide variety of material, it's also appropriate for projects that may include both traditional and nontraditional sources (even Twitter).

Monday, May 19, 2014

Upcoming Incomplete Project Boot Camps

Do you have an incomplete grade? A final project that is dragging on? Finish your missing assignments, ILP, or AP through Writing Boot Camp and attend one or more free, faculty-led sessions. 

The program is designed for SNL students who currently have an incomplete grade on their transcript or students working on writing assignments. Sessions are set up to increase the likelihood students will complete necessary courses to obtain a bachelor’s degree and offer a supportive academic environment, writing assistance, and help with library services so that students can get assignments completed.

You are welcome to sign up for more than one session. 

Saturday, May 31, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
150 W. Warrenville Rd., Bld. 200

Oak Forest
Saturday, May 31, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
16333 S. Kilbourn Ave.

Wednesday, June 4, 5:30-9:00 pm
Saturday, June 7, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
14 E. Jackson, Lab 1325

Saturday, June 7, 9:00am-1:00pm 
8770 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

To Register: Email with your desired session(s).

Items to Bring to Session(s):  Please bring a flash drive, your copy of the incomplete contract if applicable, all prior assignment preparation, including research material, assignment instructions, and assignment writing format (APA/MLA). Please let your faculty mentor know you plan to attend if you are working on an assignment for an incomplete grade.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Writing Showcase Winners

SNL Writing is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 SNL Writing Showcase. Please congratulate them on their excellent work! The essays will be posted to the Writing Guide over the next few weeks, and the winners will be honored at the Awards Luncheon in June. 

Katie Reginaldi: "In Support of a Church Garden" and "Adventures in the Community Garden"

Ronnie Malley: "Andalusia: A Journey of Music and Cultural Exchange"

Marc Raffa: "Let's Get Bready, To Give Back!" 

Angelique Guinn: "Fundamentalism and the Modern American Woman"

Sarah Bishara: "An Analysis of Employee Perceptions of Motivational Factors in the Workplace" 

Jason Meyer: "Splice of Life: The Beatles and the Tale of Their Tape"