Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0466. Friday, 9 June 1995.
Date: Thursday, 8 Jun 1995 13:25:04 -0400
Subject: Citation from SHAKSPER
What is the proper etiquette for quoting from postings to a discussion list
such as this one? (I've already written directly to the individual from
whose posting I would like to quote.) Since postings to a list rather than
to an individual are meant for all the world - or at least all the SHAKSPER
world - to see, does one need to get such direct permission? I could have
asked Hardy only, but I thought the answer might be of interest to all.
Also, what is the proper citation form. Thanks in advance. E-mail direct
or post to the list, whichever you think appropriate.
[Editor's Note: Let me start the discussion. There are no hard and fast rules;
however, proper etiquette is indeed to write directly to the contributor and
ask permission to quote. As for the actual format itself, check the latest
edition of the *MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers*, 4th. ed., 1995.
I would give a page number but left my copy in one of my other offices. I
am proud to announce, nonetheless, that the example of a citation from an
electronic conference that is included in the *MLA Handbook* is from SHAKSPER.
Further, now that I have the opportunity, let me also point out that SHAKSPER
is given an entry in the latest *World Shakespeare Bibliography: 1993*. --HMC]