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What’s New in MLA? The Modern Language Association published a 7th edition of its style guide MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers in March 2009.

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1 What’s New in MLA? The Modern Language Association published a 7th edition of its style guide MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers in March This is a brief guide to changes between the 6th and 7th editions.

2 No more underlining! MLA traditionally underlined titles of publications and other media sources (e.g., plays, databases, recordings), but now italics replaces underlining. Then (6 th edition): Baghwati, Jagish. In Defense of Globalization. New York: Oxford Press, Now (7 th edition): Baghwati, Jagish. In Defense of Globalization. New York: Oxford Press, Print.

3 Types of sources are now designated! When citing a book, journal article or other form of printed material, you must include the word Print within the citation. Then (6 th edition): Goodell, Jeff. “The Uneasy Assimilation.” Rolling Stone. Dec. 2001: Now (7 th edition): Goodell, Jeff. “The Uneasy Assimilation.” Rolling Stone Dec. 2001: Print.

4 No more URL, library info, database publisher info! Writers are, however, encouraged to provide a URL if the citation information does not lead readers to easily find the source. Then (6 th edition): Clemmitt, Marcia. "Health-Care Reform." CQ Researcher (2009): CQ Researcher. CQ Press. Aragon HS Library. 28 Sept Now (7 th edition): Clemmitt, Marcia. "Health-Care Reform." CQ Researcher (2009): CQ Researcher. Web. 28 Sept

5 Additional Basic Rules New to MLA 7 th Edition For every entry, you must determine the Medium of Publication. Most entries will likely be listed as Print or Web sources, but other possibilities may include Film, CD-ROM, or DVD. Writers are no longer required to provide URLs for Web entries. However, if your instructor or publisher insists on them, include them in angle brackets after the entry and end with a period. For long URLs, break lines only at slashes. If you're citing an article or a publication that was originally issued in print form but that you retrieved from an online database, you should type the online database name in italics. You do not need to provide subscription information in addition to the database name.

6 MLA Source List MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition Online Writing Lab at Purdue (OWL) “MLA Style” [http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2 /11/] NoodleBib


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