I successfully delayed the work since March, but with a new school year approaching, I had no choice but to update our style guide to reflect the MLA 7th edition updates and avoid confusing students and faculty with any mid-year changes.
The big changes include:
- using italics, no more underlining, for larger works
- no URLs necessary, assuming that the reader will be able to locate works by the description alone (We are going to ignore this one.)
- including information about the publication medium of the content cited, for instance print
- it is no longer necessary to share the sponsor of a database in a citation
Anyway, creating a new wiki version of our style sheet incorporating these changes wasn’t as difficult as I thought, largely because I made three exciting discoveries:
1. You can indent in Wikispaces. All you need to do is insert "> space" before the line you wish to indent.
2. NoodleTools not only adjusted NoodleBib for the 7th edition changes, they allow you to update your existing source lists to 7th edition format. And not only that, like me, they decided to continue to include URLs in Web citations. I prepared most of my examples in NoodleTools and pasted them on the wiki. (If you are not a NoodleTools subscriber, EasyBib, also does 7th edition, and it includes databases!.)
3. I didn’t need to include every source type. Two wonderful PDF documents will serve my students with far more examples than I could:
Hope this helps a few of you.
BTW, don’t look for the changes yet on the Virtual Library. I am having trouble FTPing from home and I am working on the new interface. (More to come on that front!)