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Citation Guide for MLA  

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Welcome to the guide on MLA Rules

 Brief explanation of MLA citation changes in the 7th edition. You can find examples of the changes within this guide.

Also, a copy of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 7th edition is available in the LRC.

•·        No More Underlining! Underlining is no more. MLA now recommends italicizing titles of independently published works (books, periodicals, films, etc).

•·        No More URLs! While website entries will include authors, article names, and website names, when available, MLA no longer requires URLs. Writers are, however, encouraged to provide a URL if the citation information does not lead readers to easily find the source.

•·        Continuous Pagination? Who Cares? You no longer have to worry about whether scholarly publications employ continuous pagination or not. For all such entries, both volume and issue numbers are required, regardless of pagination.

•·        Publication Medium. Every entry receives a medium of publication marker. Most entries will be listed as Print or Web, but other possibilities include Performance, DVD, or TV. Most of these markers will appear at the end of entries; however, markers for Web sources are followed by the date of access.

•·        New Abbreviations. Many web source entries now require a publisher name, a date of publication, and/or page numbers. When no publisher name appears on the website, write N.p. for no publisher given. When sites omit a date of publication, write n.d. for no date. For online journals that appear only online (no print version) or on databases that do not provide pagination, write n. pag. for no pagination

From Purdue University's Online Writing Lab ( August 2009.

If you have questions about MLA Citation , contact a TCC Librarian or the TCC Writing Lab.

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