Blogs, MLA Bibliography, laptop day exercise, and various

BritishLitfortheWin has a new blog address:   If you tried to comment on their blog before and couldn’t (because it was on Tumblr), you can comment now because it’s on Blogger instead.

Here is a link to the MLA Bibliography. I’ll put a link in the sidebar, too.

There are also links available here:

WSU Library Page for English and American Lit:

My page (at the bottom):

On Tuesday, bring the laptop day worksheets on citing sources to class.  I’ll be asking you the results of your findings, and we’ll go over the MLA Bibliography.

Also, thanks to all of you who uploaded papers to Angel and followed the filename conventions we talked about in class and looked at on the handout. You can see the full online version at

You’ll submit your paper to Angel,, in the Dropbox for that assignment.

leaf smallDocument Format. If you are uploading your paper to Angel, you need to save the paper using Word format (.doc or .docx,) rich text format (.rtf),or .pdf format. The first two are commonly available under the “Save As” function of all word-processing programs. Papers using any other format cannot be read and will not receive credit.

leaf smallFilename Conventions. All submitted assignment files should follow the naming format as follows: last name, first initial, course number, assignment name. For example, if Joan Smith in English 368 submitted her first paper, it would be saved as SmithJ_368_Paper1.doc.

PLEASE don’t upload your paper under the filename “Paper 1″ or some variation of that. If you think about what it would be like to receive and save 40 files all called “Paper 1,” you’ll see the logic of the filename conventions for the class. Your paper will lose1 point if you don’t follow the filename conventions.

Comments on blogs

I commented (or tried to comment) briefly on each blog yesterday and very much enjoyed reading all your posts and comments.  If you don’t see a comment either (1) you don’t have comments enabled on your blog or (2) you have comment moderation enabled, which means that you have to approve the comment before it’s posted.

Citing PowerPoint using MLA

Both the print and online versions of the MLA Handbook are silent on the issue of how to cite PowerPoint presentations, a question that several of you asked about today.

In the absence of other information, cite it as you would a lecture or class notes (MLA Handbook 5.7.11


5.7.11.A Lecture, a Speech, an Address, or a Reading

In a citation of an oral presentation, give the speaker’s name; the title of the presentation (if known), in quotation marks; the meeting and the sponsoring organization (if applicable); the location; and the date. Use an appropriate descriptive label (Address, Lecture, Keynote speech, Reading), neither italicized nor enclosed in quotation marks, to indicate the form of delivery.

Alter, Robert, and Marilynne Robinson. “The Psalms: A Reading and Conversation.” 92nd Street Y, New York. 17 Dec. 2007. Reading.

Matuozzi, Robert. “Archive Trauma.” Archive Trouble. MLA Annual Convention. Hyatt Regency, Chicago. 29 Dec. 2007. Address.


Your citation for  a class PowerPoint would look like this in your Works Cited:

Campbell, Donna. “Romantic and Byronic Heroes.” English 372: 19th-Century British and American Global Literature. Washington State University. 16 September 2014. PowerPoint.

For in-text citation, use either the last name, or, if you’re using two PowerPoints, the last name and a short title.

The Romantic hero “XXXXX” (Campbell).