Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0466.  Friday, 9 June 1995.
From:           Norman J. Myers <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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]

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