Things Change: Like MLA

In April, MLA published the 7th edition of their Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, and there are significant changes to the Works Cited format. The SCC library’s print and online handouts now reflect the changes in citation formatting.

Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) has a nice summary of the changes:
“General paper formatting (margins, headings, etc.) and in-text citations will remain the same, but all Works Cited style entries will be different from the 6th edition guidelines.
… Here are some of the more noteworthy changes to look forward to:

  • 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 still 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.”

Source: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/15/ (examples also available at this address).

Please contact one of the reference librarians with any questions you may have on the new citation format. You can view and print the new handouts from http://www.stchas.edu/library/citing.shtml.

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