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MLA Handbook

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MLA Handbook - The Modern Language Association of America
Call Number: R 808.027 Mo 2, h 8th edition
ISBN: 9781603292627
The current edition is always available at the library's Reference Desk.

 

MLA & APA: What's the difference?

Here is a quick overview of some of the basic differences between MLA and APA citation styles.

  


Online Guides to MLA Citations

Remember a new version of MLA was released in 2016 so some of these resources may not have been updated yet. Use the new Pocket Style Manual 7th. ed. for the most up to date information. The Pocket Style Manual is available in the Geisler Library and Writing Center. 

  • MLA Formatting and Style Guide
    MLA style in-depth with examples of frequently-used citation types from the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Includes 2009 updates. Linked with permission.
  • MLA Documentation
    A guide to MLA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's online Writing Center. Linked with permission.
 

Old vs. New MLA

Old vs. New MLA

 Book with One Author

  • Old MLA: Ofri, Danielle. Medicine in Translation: Journeys with My Patients. Boston: Beacon Press, 2010. Print.
  • New MLA: Ofri, Danielle. Medicine in Translation: Journeys with My Patients. Beacon Press, 2010.

 Book Review

  • Old MLA: Hadas, Rachel. Rev. of Medicine in Translation, by Danielle Ofri. Times Literary Supplement 5 Mar 2010: 26. Print.
  • New MLA: Hadas, Rachel. Review of Medicine in Translation, by Danielle Ofri. Times Literary Supplement, 5 Mar 2010, p. 26.

 Selection from an Anthology

  • Old MLA: Rich, Adrienne. “Claiming an Education.” Intersections: An Introduction to the Liberal Arts. Ed. Joshua Dolezal. Littleton, MA: Tapestry, 2014. 12-16. Print.
  • New MLA: Rich, Adrienne. “Claiming an Education.” Intersections: An Introduction to the Liberal Arts, edited by IJoshua Dolezal, Tapestry, 2014, pp. 12-16.

 Section from a Multivolume Work (Encyclopedia or Dictionary)

  • Old MLA: Belknap, Michal. “Civil Rights.” Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century. Ed. Paul Finkelman, vol. 1. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 383-393. Print.
  • New MLA: Belknap, Michal. “Civil Rights.” Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century, edited by Paul Finkelman, vol. 1, Oxford UP, 2009, pp. 383-393.

 Print Journal Article

  • Old MLA: Kerr, Tom. “From Paris to Implementation: The Role of International Climate Initiatives.” Sustainability: The Journal of Record 9.1 (2016): 12-16.  Print.
  • New MLA: Kerr, Tom. “From Paris to Implementation: The Role of International Climate Initiatives.” Sustainability: The Journal of Record, vol. 9, no. 1, 2016, pp. 12-16.

Journal Article from Database

  • Old MLA: Ofri, Danielle. "Adding Spice to the Slog: Humanities in Medical Training." Plos Medicine 12.9 (2015): 1-4. Academic Search Elite. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.
  • New MLA: Ofri, Danielle. "Adding Spice to the Slog: Humanities in Medical Training." Plos Medicine, vol. 12, no. 9, 2015, pp. 1-4. Academic Search Elite, doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001879.
  • Note: Some professors will prefer you cite an article from a database like a print article. 

Newspaper Article  

  • Old MLA: Lubold, Gordon. "U.S. News: Carter Moves to Boost Benefits for Military." Wall Street Journal, Eastern ed. 30 Jan 2016. National Newspapers Core. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.
  • New MLA: Lubold, Gordon. "U.S. News: Carter Moves to Boost Benefits for Military." Wall Street Journal, Eastern edition, 30 Jan 2016. National Newspapers Core Collection. 
  


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Don't Forget Your Hacker Manual!

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A Pocket Style Manual - Diana Hacker; Nancy Sommers
Call Number: R 808.027 Ha 2, p, 7th ed.
ISBN: 1457642328
Publication Date: 2014-09-24
Your old standby, Hacker's Pocket Style Manual, can help with many citation questions. The newest version is always available at the Library Reference Desk.

  


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