The Modern Language Association's eighth edition of the MLA Handbook, published in 2016, is designed to rethink documentation for an era of digital publication. Rather than a list of required citation formulas, it recommends a universal set of guidelines that can be applied to any source (print, electronic, or physical). This gives writers in all fields—from the sciences to the humanities—the tools to effectively document sources based on what a particular audience needs to know about the sources.
The Handbook will cost you $12 or less, so go ahead and buy your own copy! Beside the information on citations, there is a section on MLA style (e.g. quotations, abbreviations) that will help you write better papers.
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Pt. 1. Principles of MLA style
Pt. 2. Details of MLA style :
1. The mechanics of scholarly prose :
1.1 Names of persons
1.2 Titles of sources
1.5 Dates and times
2. Works cited :
2.1 Names of authors
2.5 Locational elements
2.6 Punctuation in the works-cited list
2.7 Formatting & ordering the works-cited list
3. In-text citations :
3.3 Numbers in in-text citations
3.4 Indirect sources
3.5 Repeated use of sources
3.6 Punctuation in the in-text citation
4. Citations in forms other than print.
Many of the examples, and some of the text, in this LibGuide are copied from the MLA Handbook, 8th ed. for the sake of accuracy.