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Call Number: REF LB2369 .G53 2016
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. Previous editions of the MLA Handbook provided separate instructions for each format, and additional instructions were required for new formats. 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.
Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.
Citing your sources is important because:
- It shows you've done research by looking up scholarly resources
- It allows others to look up the sources you used to find the information
- It prevents you from being accused of plagiarism
Citations may look different depending on what style is used, but they contain the same information. The standard elements include:
- Author name(s)
- Title (of book or article and journal)
- Date of publication
- Page numbers
Brief intro to MLA format
[Your last name] [page #]
[Your professor's name]
[Class number and section number]
[Date: day, month, year]
Double spaced text using consistently-sized 12pt font. One inch margins on all sides.
For more detailed information, consult the MLA Handbook or the MLA Style Center's page on Formatting a Research Paper.
Citation Management Tool
NoodleTools is a research companion that can help you manage citations and annotations.
As a first time user, you will need to register on the NoodleTools site. It's best to create your account on campus for IP authentication and then once your account is created, you can access it from any computer with an internet connection. After you click on "Register" you will be asked to enter the College's credentials which are:
Then you will be asked to create a personal ID and password for your individual account. Click on "Register" at the bottom of the page once you fill out your log-on information.
Then you have successfully created a NoodleTools account! To learn more about utilizing NoodleTools, check out this Guide.
Academic Center for Excellence
Online Citation Guide
Purdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide
This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook, offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
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