does anyone know . . .

how to write the titles of web serials if you're citing them in an essay? I'm writing a paper for my creative writing class and it can be on any author of our choice, so I thought I'd use MeiLin and The Intimate History. Only problem is, I don't know if I'm supposed to put the title in quotes or italics. I'm sure it could go either way, as it is a book, but it's also on the internet. I don't know if there's an "official" way to do it yet, so I'm wondering if any of you know or have a cunning plan.

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MeiLin's picture

Most High

Well, gee, I'm honored to be a part of academia. I would say italics.

Poisonous Giraffe's picture

Devotee

heh, I figure this is my only chance to pimp web serials, since I'm probably not going to do any higher division cw classes. the fact that my teacher expects us to go wild (within reason) with her prompts makes this a perfect opportunity. I was thinking it would probably be italics, but citation can be a tricky bastard sometimes.

V's picture

Embodiment

Do you get to present to the class, do peer reviews, or anything? Smile

Poisonous Giraffe's picture

Devotee

we're going to talk about our papers in class a little before we turn them in, so it's almost like presenting.

Taslin's picture

Postulant

...since it is a (series of) novel(s) and not a short story or poem. That's the standard they always taught us in English class. If you're still worried about it, you can always include a footnote or something at the end explaining the situation.

Marri's picture

Supplicant

Based on these APA Citation Style guides:
http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/workshop/citapa.htm
and
http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/online/cite6.html
It looks like anything considered a 'book' is italicized, and anything considered an 'article' is left normal. I think proper APA style would be something like this:

Miranda, M. (Date might be tricky... you could always settle for n.d. or just put 2008 without month and day). An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom. Retrieved February 10, 2009 from: MeiLin Miranda. Web site: http://www.meilinmiranda.com.

Based on this MLA Citation Style guide:
http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/mla#online_book
MLA style would probably be this:

Miranda, MeiLin. An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom. 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2009 <http://www.meilinmiranda.com>

Asking your teacher is probably safest, though?

Poisonous Giraffe's picture

Devotee

Thanks!

Laureril's picture

Supplicant

An APA online citation can also include a descriptor like [Online Serial] immediately after the title. ( http://www.mhhe.com/mayfieldpub/webtutor/citing.htm )

Example given:
Yoes, C. (1996). The science fiction web project: Adventures in
teaching with Storyspace [5 paragraphs]. Computers, Writing,
Rhetoric and Literature 2
(1) [Online serial]. Retrieved May 3,
1997, from the World Wide Web: <http://www.en.utexas.edu/
~cwrl/v2n1/yoes/yoes.html>.

manoki's picture

Supplicant

asking your teacher is the safest. I would be surprised if a creative writing teacher wanted you to use APA style. Probably more likely to use MLA (Modern Language Association) style.

Someone's picture

Postulant

There is no one right or wrong way: it depends on what citation style you're using. Since you are almost definitely using MLA (it being a creative writing course), then you need to go with that. fun fact with MLA: titles are always italicized.

for all your citation needs, I present: Citation Machine! it automatically generates your citations for you (and no, it's not cheating) http://citationmachine.net/index2.php?reqstyleid=1

Clare-Dragonfly's picture

Supplicant

Definitely italicize or underline the title of the series. If you're citing a specific chapter or story, though, that title goes in quotes. The rule for MLA is, basically, long works get italics/underline, short works get quotes.

Sigh... I miss working at the Writing Center.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

...we'll want to read it? Wink

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

I hope you don't mind if we read it...I would really look forward to that Smile Good luck!

Poisonous Giraffe's picture

Devotee

now I feel all pressured to do a really good job. Not that I wouldn't have before, but afgsdlgkasdk I have two days to finish it D:

NuanaIvy's picture

Devotee

I missed the earlier conversation but wanted to lend my support - good luck! I know you can do it Smile

Pedes's picture

Postulant

Haha, I was wondering about picking book one and two for my book presentation next semester Tsk The only problem being we have to say what's the message of the book and what did we learn from it. I'm not worried about the message, but I'm not sure the teacher wants to hear "what did I REALLY learn from it" :3 power of bullshit is strong with me but I'm afraid I would not be able to resist the temptation...

Poisonous Giraffe's picture

Devotee

the good thing about this assignment, is it's not about what we learned from the book, aside from writing techniques, or different ways to use character or plot or whatever.

the power of bullshit is an essential skill for life and should be encouraged in all subjects. procrastination tends to help students develop this skill, therefore, all lessons that concern teaching students to plan and use their time wisely should not be part of the curriculum. :3

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

I really miss English classes (English classes being the umbrella that I'm going to say covers Creative Comp, Literature classes, etc, etc). I used to take a lot of them, but it got to the point where I just felt like I was too full of shit. I couldn't do the bullshitting anymore. It made it hard for me to determine sometimes what was meaningful and what was crap on paper. When I was talking to someone, I could always tell, but when we did peer editing or something, I was terrible at it. So, I became an engineer and never looked back. Well, that's not true. I miss it all the time. I really like reading other people's stuff and thinking about it and how it affected me and might affect other people. Maybe I made a poor career choice, but at least I still have stories like this one. I need a good, honest book discussion group or something.

I agree though, even if I don't like to do it that much, bullshitting is an important skill for anyone to have. Especially when writing college application essays and the like.

Pedes's picture

Postulant

I passed over half of highschool on bullshit alone. I don't want to talk about university yet in case some of my lecturers are reading this Wink

Oh, I am the queen of procrastination 8) I know what you mean Biggrin

Someone's picture

Postulant

I think bullshit is an essential skill. The ability to sound like you know more about something that you actually do is really just fundamental for an intellectually satisfying life (and no, I'm not being facetious). Nobody can actually know the amount you need to about something to be taken seriously in more than one field. Thus bullshitting. It got me through high school, and it's carrying me through university (granted, I /am/ majoring in philosophy and political science).

eDreamer's picture

Well, it tends to work better in fields where you can't actually be proven wrong... That said, I'm a philosophy major too. Wink

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