The eighth edition of the MLA Handbook (Modern Language Association) was released this summer and with it comes changes to the the way citations for the Works Cited lists are formatted. The idea is to make citing sources from a variety of sources easier. The new Handbook, according to the associate director and director of scholarly communication for the MLA, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, “focuses on principles–not just on how to create a citation that is correct, but on the purpose of the citation practice, as well as evaluating sources. As Fitzpatrick explains it the new citation style shifts the focus from the publication format to the “elements that are common to nearly all sources.”
Visit the new MLA Style Center for a range of helpful guides and tips.
The library has copies of the new Handbook at the Reference Desk, the Circulation Desk, and in the General Collection for your perusal. Librarians will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. As always check with your professors to see what your Works Cited lists should look like.