The Modern Language Association published a major update of the manual this year. MLA style is a popular citation style at John Tyler; this change will affect multiple disciplines.

This 7th edition has changed the rules for citing sources to make things clearer in electronic sources and bibliographies.

  • No underlining. MLA now asks for italicizing the titiles of journals, books, and films.
  • No URLS. Pasting a web address is no longer required.
  • Publication form is required. Now citations must include the form of the material: Print, Web, performance, etc. at the end of the citation.

The Online Writing Lab (OWL at Purdue) has an excellent summary of these changes, along with multiple examples of different formats.

Each campus library has two copies of the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers; one will always be in the library for students and faculty to use.

Written by Suzanne

Suzanne has loved books from an early age, and remembers reading her 24 volume World Book Encyclopedia set when she ran out of novels. Now that she works in a library, she will never run out of reading material again! Suzanne is a recent MLS graduate who loves working with students and technology.

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