New MLA Format Style Guide 8th ed.
Changes in Style Formatting - Prepared by Karen Leon
What are some changes?
You will be comfortable with the changes as the principles of citing and plagiarism remain the same. The conceptual framework and some technical aspects are different, but make using MLA more flexible for the growing range of non-traditional sources. The two links below will assist you in understanding the changes. Sources for MLA 8 help are updating their information and more information will be available soon.
- One standard citation format applies to every source type
- "Containers" represent the larger place in which a source is found
- Changes in citing volume numbers in journal articles
- URLs are back in for web sources if desired.
- Media type is no longer included (web, print, etc.)
- Publisher's location is omitted
Style Guide Comparison
MLA 8th Edition - NEW
146 p. Wide margins and minimal text on each page. Title omits "for writer's of research papers." Research is presented in so many ways, not just as research papers,, all of which require attribution to original sources.
MLA 7th Edition - REPLACED
292 p., close and small text on page. Notice the title. No longer is MLA format restricted to writers of research papers.
MLA 8th Edition - NEW
The Model and Sample Citations
There is one model for all citations utilizing core elements. The core elements are:
Author. Title of source. Title of container, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location.
Of course correctly identifying the core elements is the challenge, and some citations require parts of two rounds of core elements.
As with previous editions, not all elements fit each citation.
**Please note - this online program will not allow me to indent the second lines of the citation so I used ..... to hold the place
MLA Eighth Edition: What's New and Different. Owl Purdue Writing Lab, 1995 - 2016,
....owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/22. Accessed 6 May 2016.
"NASA." U.S.A. Sixties. Vol. 4, Grolier Educational, 2001, 6 vols, pp. 130-133.
Polsky, Sarah. "Is the Library Card Dying?" The Atlantic, 6 April 2016.
.....6 May 2016.
Sheinkin, ,Steve. Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam
.....War. Roaring Brook Press, 2015.