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Significant Changes in 7th Edition of The MLA Handbook

October 21st, 2009 by Isaac Meadows in Databases, Reference

The Modern Language Association has recently published the 7th edition of The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. This new edition contains significant changes to MLA documentation style including a requirement to indicate the medium of all sources (i.e., Web, Print, etc.), a switch to italicizing instead of underlining text such as book and journal titles, and more. The Ethel K. Smith Library has two copies of the 7th edition: one at the Reference Desk available for consultation with a Librarian, and one at the Circulation Desk available for check-out as a reserve item (3-hour time limit; in-building use only).

For those of you who rely on the citations generated by the Library’s databases, please be aware that not all have updated their MLA documentation style to the 7th edition. For example, all EBSCOhost databases and CQ Researcher Online are now providing citations in accordance with the 7th edition of The MLA Handbook, while Academic OneFile is still generating citations based on the 6th edition. Please be aware that The Little, Brown Compact Handbook (7th ed.) used in English 110 was published prior to the 7th edition of The MLA Handbook, so you may see some discrepancies in citations.

If you have any questions about citation methods, please visit the Library’s page on Citing Sources for links to online citation help for various citation styles, or contact the Reference Desk at x8097 or by using Ask Ethel.

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