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Integrating Quotations in MLA Style

The MLA-style in-text citation is a highly compressed format, designed to preserve the smooth flow of your own ideas (without letting the outside material take over your whole paper). This article describes how to integrate quotes from sources efficiently.

Code? Not so much.

The world does not need an army of humanities students who can code a payroll program in C++, but if those students think of themselves as competent learners of new technology, who can Google for tutorials and user forums and expert technical advice, and they create and share their own content on the Internet, then they are part of the new media knowledge economy.Dennis Jerz

How to Write a Thesis Statement

I recently touched up an old handout, and would welcome feedback.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

Why I No Longer Create Syllabi

At some point, using “syllabi” as the plural of “syllabus” started to bother me.

Being “correct” about egg-headed words such as phenomenon/phenomena or criterion/criteria is among the most visible markers of education and class — and insufferable pedantry.

For instance, those who wear tinfoil hats while blogging from their parents’ basements are likely to wave their beer bottles and complain “The media is out to get me,” while those working in the media are likely to set down their wine glasses and sniff, “Actually, the media are out to get you.”

Remixing "A Story Before Bed"

When I found out that a spam blog called "" was republishing the entire content of my blog, and several other blogs, I first posted a screenshot of how my material appeared on the other site, and then a screenshot of how my screenshot had appeared on the other site. That site was also serving up an ad for "A Story Before Bed," a service that lets users with a webcam record a video of themselves reading a kind-friendly story.


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