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MLA Style--Citing Sources from the World Wide Web

Link at: http://www.networx.on.ca/~jwalker/educat1.htm

The Modern Language Association style handbook and manual are two of the
most prominent sources for guidelines on academic writing. The MLA has
recently posted a site which contains the only MLA-authorized guidelines
for citing Internet resources. The guidelines include fourteen items to
consider in a citation and several examples. Instructors will find this
site very useful in guiding students using Internet resources in their
research papers.

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Is the Web a 'vast wasteland?'

By Sean Silverthorne, ZDNet

http://headlines.yahoo.com/zdnews/stories/887383935.html

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The Internet is fast becoming the "vast
wasteland" that some claimed television turned into after the forces
of mass marketing took over the medium, critics said Thursday.

But they also held out hope that the self-repairing mechanisms of
the Net could curb commercial excesses.

The comments -- and the heated rejoinders that followed -- came
during the opening day of the Networked Entertainment World
conference here, a show dedicated to exploring how entertainment will
be delivered online.

"At moments, it does seem as if we are inventing the vaster
wasteland" of cybermedia, said Paul Saffo, a director at the
Institute for the Future, in Menlo Park, Calif. Saffo moderated a
panel that included authors Neal Stephenson and Douglas Rushkoff, and
Disney fellow Alan Kay.

One gripe: The forces of mass marketing are trying so hard to make a
buck on the Net that their efforts eclipse the truly wonderful
things that have been created on the Web. A risk is that many
worthwhile but low-budget sites will be neglected.

Rushkoff said that although the Net has great potential for becoming
an interactive medium and bringing people closer together, it has
not realized that potential. Instead, some businesses seem intent on
turning the Web into a TV-like passive medium.

"Hopefully, we can reinvent ourselves out of this mess," Saffo said.

Kay suggested that is likely, saying the Internet was designed with
the lowest level protocols just so it would be easy to repair and
grow.

When an audience member took issue with the suggestion that
entertainment over the Web was somehow bad, Kay responded that there
was nothing wrong with entertainment per se. The issue is with the
mass-market push behind it.

The assessment of the Web as an expanding wasteland drew a blast
from Mark Mariani, executive vice president of sales for CBS
SportsLine. "To them, I'm the Antichrist," Mariani said.

He claimed the Net, far from being a wasteland, is already a boon to
people who need information, want to be entertained, or want to buy
goods instantly.

And he said that the Web will soon supplant some traditional kinds
of media, such as daily newspapers. Though major national brands such
as the Wall Street Journal will survive, it's likely that most
newspapers will be pushed aside by the ability of the Internet to
deliver instant, customized information instantly. "Newspapers are
going to go by the wayside, no doubt about it," he said.

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Also in this issue:

- Searching for "clean" content
    One of the hottest online search technology companies--
    () Inktomi--next week will announce a partnership with blocking
    software maker () N2H2 to build a massive Net index for children
    that excludes links to pornography and other adult-oriented content.
- Alteon's Internet Insight as Piercing as Its Ads
    Sometimes small guys have to shout loudly to get heard. That's the
    theory behind an outrageous new ad campaign being launched next month
    by Alteon Networks, a young, privately held San Jose company that
    wants to stand out from the crowd in the networking industry.
- Is the Web a 'vast wasteland?'
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The Internet is fast becoming the "vast
    wasteland" that some claimed television turned into after the forces
    of mass marketing took over the medium, critics said Thursday.
- First plastic screens promised
    LONDON--Cambridge Display Technology says it will unveil the world's
    first plastic TV display Monday, which could eventually replace the
    standard TV screen and desktop computer monitor.
- Senators Use Internet for a `Virtual' Hearing
    WASHINGTON -- ``Today the committee will venture with great
    trepidation into the 21st century,'' said Sen. Kit Bond. And with the
    sound of his gavel, the millennium arrived Thursday on Capitol Hill
    -- two years ahead of schedule.
- Court allows French company to sell rival Zip disks
    Nomai SA of France can begin selling computer data storage disks
    that compete with competitor Iomega Corp.'s popular Zip disk under a
    federal judge's order in Nomai's favor, the French company said
    Friday.
- New Lists and Journals
    * Newroads Merging with Roadsign
    * ExtremeMidi - midis on the net
    * ml-owners - Mailing List Owner's Discussion Group
- Sunday Supplement
- Surveys this week:
    FEATURE OF THE WEEK
        : WEB ACTIVITY EXPLODES IN LATIN AMERICA
    TECHNICAL
        : IT'S AN IMAGE THING!
    E-COMMERCE/ADVERTISING
        : ONLINE CLASSIFIEDS TO REVENUE USD1.9 BILLION
    GENERAL TRENDS
        : EGGHEAD PUTS EGGS IN ONE BASKET
    DEMOGRAPHICS
        : MALES CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE WEB
    MISCELLANEOUS
        : DOMAIN PLAN CONDEMNED BY FATHER OF THE INTERNET
        : ONLINE RESOURCES COMPLEMENT MAGAZINES
- WEEK IN REVIEW, Net News
- LawResearch February Newsletter!
- LE MONDE DIPLOMATIQUE - February 1998,
  A dangerous new manifesto for global capitalism


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