MLA Handbook

Eighth Edition

  • Pages: xiv & 146
  • Published: 2016
  • ISBN: 9781603292627 (Paperback)
  • ISBN: 9781603292634 (Large Print)

“I have authored and edited textbooks and handbooks for twenty years and have taught college writing for thirty years. This is the MLA style we have needed for a long time. I love it!”

—Michael Greer, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

“This is the most succinct and sensible revision to MLA documentation style in my long career.”

—Andrea A. Lunsford, Stanford University

The Modern Language Association, the authority on research and writing, takes a fresh look at documenting sources in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. Works are published today in a dizzying range of formats. A book, for example, may be read in print, online, or as an e-book—or perhaps listened to in an audio version. On the Web, modes of publication are regularly invented, combined, and modified. Previous editions of the MLA Handbook provided separate instructions for each format, and new formats required additional instructions. In this groundbreaking new edition of its best-selling handbook, the MLA recommends instead one universal set of guidelines, which writers can apply to any type of source.

Shorter and redesigned for easy use, the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook guides writers through the principles behind evaluating sources for their research. It then shows them how to cite sources in their writing and create useful entries for the works-cited list.

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