Print  is no longer the default medium according to the latest edition  of the Modern Language Association's handbook for academic citation.  The MLA's style bible for research paper writers has incorporated many changes that point to the ongoing cultural shift away from the printed word.

This seventh edition says “that the medium of publication should be included in each works cited entry” rather than assuming it's print.  The MLA has also decided to eliminate specific URLs in citations, claiming they often are session specific, or too long. Searching for titles or authors is suggested instead. Keeping with the web-centric view of this update, anyone who purchases the book will have full access to the handbook online along with additional materials.

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