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MLA Citation Style, 8th edition

This the MLA citation guide for the new, 8th edition

MLA Style Handbook, 8th edition

For the most authoritative information on MLA Style, consult the MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Copies are readily available at the library reference desk.

The new, eighth edition MLA format has some changes from the previous edition.

To read about the specific changes, see the OWL at Purdue's MLA website.

One of the main changes is that you will use core elements to construct your citations. The core elements that are common to all sources from books to websites to articles and tweets are: Author, Title of source, Title of container, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date and Location

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You can also consult the following online resources to help with your MLA Style paper and citation format:

MLA What's New!Helpful answers to what is new in the MLA Handbook directly from the MLA website.

MLA Style Center - A free companion to the MLA Handbook, published by MLA. Includes sample research papers.

Using the MLA Citation Guide

Welcome to MCC's guide to help you with navigating the Modern Language Association's (MLA) Citation Style. Copies of the MLA Handbook (8th edition) are available at the Reference Desk.

For excellent examples of just about anything to do with MLA, try the OWL@Purdue site.

Lansing Community College MLA website is another fantastic source addressing how references from print and online sources as well as in-text citations.

To navigate this guide, choose from the following tabs on the left:

  • How do I Cite 
  • Free Citation Generators
  • Sample MLA Papers (from the OWL)