TWEED at Oolicon

I had a wonderful time at Ooligan Press’s Write to Publish conference this weekend. Hearing insider perspectives from the likes of Chuck Palahniuk was a bonus. I handed out TWEED swag and met with writers, editors, and general literary types. Many folks were kind enough to chat with me at length about graphic design, the editing world, and their current projects (encyclopedic dictionaries!). Please let me know by emailing tweed@tweedediting.com if you would like any TWEED swag. I’ve got menus of services, guides to academic style, writer-at-work doorknob tags, bookmarks, and calling cards. Thanks to everyone who stopped by! Please enjoy the...

TWEED Editing at Write to Publish!

Portlanders, mark your calendars! TWEED will have a table at PSU Ooligan Press’s Write to Publish conference, Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23. Come for the exciting array of workshops for aspiring writers navigating the publishing process. Stay for informal conversations with superstar authors. (Chuck Palahniuk! Ursula K. Le Guin!) And be sure to stop by TWEED’s table at the Industry Mingle on Sunday, May 23, for advance copies of handy writing guides and TWEED swag. See you...

Ask TWEED: Is Citing Online Journal Databases Necessary?

Dear TWEED Editing: I have a question for you, Mistress Tweed. My students informed me recently that MLA requires that bibliographic citations obtained through a database require that the database be included in the citation. So their citations end up looking like this: DeRogatis, Amy. “Born again is a sexual term”: demons, STDs, and God’s healing sperm.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 77.2 (2009): 275-302. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials. EBSCO. Web. 5 May 2010. Is this legit? —S. M. Well, TWEEDLE, I think it’s more than legit: your students are covering all of their bases. If a student uses an academic database for full-text content, quoting and paraphrasing from that digital version, then it is appropriate to include the extra information. Why would this additional location information be necessary? The MLA Handbook explains, “In some databases, typographic features and even the pagination found in print versions may be altered or lost. Sometimes copyrighted third-party materials (illustrations or text) in a print version may have been eliminated because permission for the electronic publication could not be cleared. Web presentations of periodicals may include enhancements, such as hypertextual links, sound recordings, and film clips, that are not present in their print counterparts.” (I retrieved that from 5.6.4, p. 192, of the seventh edition.) Chicago and APA basically concur. However, the formatting of the example you give needs some tweaking. The example looks indeed like it came right from the citation function within ATLA (the religious studies database) directly, but in this case at least it seems that ATLA has improperly formatted the MLA citation to its own content....