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MLA 8th Edition Formatting and Style Guide Purdue OWL Staff Brought to you in cooperation with the Purdue Online Writing Lab What is MLA? MLA (Modern Language Association) Style formatting is often used in various humanities disciplines. In addition to the handbook, MLA also offers The MLA Style Center, a website that provides additional instruction and resources for writing and formatting academic papers. What does MLA regulate? MLA regulates: • document format • in-text citations • works-cited list MLA Update 2016 The 8th edition handbook introduces a new way to cite sources. Instead of a long list of rules, MLA guidelines are now based on a set of principles that may be used to cite any type of source. The three guiding principles: 1. Cite simple traits shared by most works. 2. Remember that there is more than one way to cite the same source. 3. Make your documentation useful to readers. Overview This presentation will cover: • How to format a paper in MLA style (8th ed.) • General guidelines • First page format • Section headings • In-text citations • Formatting quotations • Documenting sources in MLA style (8th ed.) • Core elements • List of works cited Your Instructor Knows Best Basic rule for any formatting style: Always Follow your instructor’s guidelines Format: General Guidelines An MLA Style paper should: • Be typed on white 8.5“ x 11“ paper • Double-space everything • Use 12 pt. Times ...
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