The Modern Language Association has released an updated version of their citation style guide, MLA Handbook, 8th edition. We've created a new citation guide for you to use. Here are a few of the major changes:
1.) Format no longer dictates the style of the citation: In MLA's 7th edition, writers created an entry by following the MLA's instructions for that particular source's format (ex. Book, Journal Article etc.). Now in the 8th edition all citations, regardless of format, will be formatted based on MLA's list of Core Elements. The writer will ask, "Who is the author?" "What is the title?" and fill these in for all formats.
2.) Online works now need to include a URL.
3.) If a journal article has a DOI, that should be used in place of a URL.
4.) Unknown information is simply omitted. Placeholders for unknown information, for example n.d., are no longer used.
For a full list of the changes visit What's New in the Eighth Edition. For an introduction, watch this 4 - 1/2 minute video from our Jesuit colleagues at Marquette University Libraries.
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