Monday, February 27, 2012

Landmark Project

Years ago, I had come across the Landmark Project created by one educator. He created a tool called the Citation Maker, which was an excellent resource. This tool created MLA or APA style citations for both the works cited pages or in-text citations. Anyone who has been involved in academic writing knows how tedious the rules can be. I spent hours looking up information in the APA manual when writing my dissertation. This is a heaven sent tool.

With computer changes over the years, the site and the thought of Citation Maker became lost in RAM memory, hard drive memory, browser memory, and my own mental memory. This semester, I am teaching two thesis writing classes and happened to be browsing for resources when I found Son of Citation Maker, the next generation. It is better than ever with APA, MLA, Turabian, and Chicago Manual of Style; all editions are up-to-date, making it a trusted resource.

Curious to know what David Warlick is up to these days, I looked for his Landmark Project, where there are tons of information for anyone, not only teachers and students. I spotted this Words Without Borders and was particularly interested since some of our students go to Bard College on the Kellner Scholarship each year. There are a number of interesting books and articles to discover in this online journal. Check it out. Some of my favorite authors are from other countries, but whose works have been translated into English. One prime example is Jostein Gaarder, the Norwegian author of Sophie's World and many others.

Words Without Borders
Hosted at Bard College, with a dispersed staff composed of distinguished writers, translators, and publishing professionals, Words Without Borders (WWB) seeks to address the current "dangerous imbalance" in publishing (about 50% of all books in translation worldwide are translated from English, but only about 6% are translated into English). Browse the Web site by issue -- July/August, September, and October 2003 are available -- or select literature geographically. Readers will find both fiction and non- fiction in the form of essays, poems, and excerpts from longer works. There are also book reviews, brief biographical information about authors, and a link to sign up to receive the journal via email.

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