Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Get Help With New MLA Style @ Your Library!

Did you know that the MLA style of citation has been significantly revised? The new 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, published earlier this year, changes many of the rules for writing citations, such as:

  • the URLs for Web sites no longer need to be included in a citation, unless your professor requires it;

  • the format of each information source must be identified, even if the item is in print;

  • titles of books, journals, magazines, Web sites and other sources should now be italicized instead of underlined.

To be sure you are using the latest citation rules, stop by either of the NCC Libraries and take a look at the new MLA Handbook. There are copies at both main and Monroe campuses. Our reference librarians have also prepared a student handout explaining the basics of MLA style, which includes examples of citations taken from our own online databases. You can pick up a copy at the Reference Desk or click here for the PDF version.

If you need help with MLA style (or have any other questions about writing), contact a tutor at the Learning Center. They have locations at both campuses, and their services are absolutely free!

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