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Modern Langauge Associaiton (MLA) Style Guide: Introduction

Introduction

MLA STYLE GUIDE

MLA Logo. The appearance of this logo does not imply any endorsement by MLA, not does Rowan University make any such claim. The MLA Style Manual is the official manual of style of the Modern Language Association. Developed to provide guidance and information for those writing and publishing, the Style Manual is currently in its eighth edition.

The MLA Style Manual Manual is used extensively by students, faculty, researchers, and professionals who write and publish in the fields of Literature, Linguistics, Communication Studies, Performing Arts, Philosophy, and Religion, although other styles are also used in these fields.

Which style guide should you use?  The one your professor requires, so be sure to ask.  If you plan to submit a paper for publication, be sure to confirm the correct style. Nearly all publications will identify and give some direction about how manuscripts should be submitted for publication. If not in the publication, guidance will be offered on publishers' websites, or the websites of the organization for whom the journal title is published, if relevant. 

Please take a few moments to click on the tabs and various links in order to familiarize yourself with the resources made available through this guide.


* MLA Logos viewed on this guide are the property of the Modern Language Association. While we highly recommend the MLA as the best source for the MLA Style, the appearance of the MLA logo, or the MLS Style Centre logo, does not imply any endorsement of this guide by MLA, nor do the guide's authors, the Rowan University Libraries or Rowan University make any such claim thereof. 

Links to Useful Resources

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Note that while the following links offer great citation examples, based on the MLA Style Manual, inaccuracies and issues can arise. Pay attention to the edition of the MLA Manual you are using. The new 8th edition contains some significant changes. You will benefit immensely if you take the time to familiarize yourself with the MLA manual so you can adjust or correct as needed. If your professor does not specifically request an earlier edition, use the 8th edition. 

The MLA Style Center

Link to 

Writing Resources for the Modern Language Association. Go to the source for help and guidance. 

Helpful Titles in the Library or Online


 


 

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YouTube Tutorials on MLA, 7th and 8th Editions

If you are new to MLA, or if has been a while, we recommend you follow the links immediately below. These will provide a detailed view of the citation process.  These were developed for the 7th edition. The YouTube Video pictured here included an informative instruction about using the 8th edition and highlight some of the changes that have been made.

Links here take you to helpful tutorials about MLA Style, 7th ed. There are four:

1) Formatting a Paper According to MLA Guidelines

2) Citing Research According to MLA Guidelines

3) Formatting the Works Cited Page According to MLA Guidelines

4) Formatting Web Entries According to MLA Guidelines

 

The Following Video is a clear and concise introduction to using the new 8th edition, that points out some important changes in the latest version. 

Links to Helpful Resources

EasyBib Blog Complete MLA

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