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All examples provided in this guide are based on the official style guidelines outlined in the MLA Handbook and the MLA Style Manual:

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MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing
Call Number: PN147 .G444 2008
ISBN: 9780873522977

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MLA handbook for writers of research papers
Call Number: LB2369 .G53 2009
ISBN: 9781603290241


7th Edition Updates to MLA Style

Significant updates were made to MLA style guidelines effective April, 2009. They are:

  • Use italics, not underlining
  • URLs are unnecessary (but they may be added if you think the information is helpful)
  • Continuous pagination doesn't matter - instead, always include volume and issue when citing a scholarly journal article; for discontinous pagination, use the first page number followed by the + sign (e.g. "124+")
  • Add the medium (format) of the publication being cited (e.g. "Print" or "Web")
  • Abbreviations will be used to acknowledge missing details within citations for online publications ("n.d." for no date, "n.p." for no publisher, "n. pag." for no pagination, "n.p." for no place of publication)

Adapted from: OWL at Purdue University.


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For additional examples related to formatting papers, in-text citations, Works Cited lists, and annotated bibliographies in MLA Style, try these Web sites:


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