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MLA Style

Note: The 8th edition of The MLA Handbook has been released. Visit the Purdue OWL  - a reliable citation and writing Website that updated in August to MLA 8.

In addition, Valencia College has a very helpful MLA 8 libguide which may be accessed at:

The MLA Writing Center has a practice template for MLA 8.

Some of your classes will still accept MLA 7 this fall. Check with your professor on what edition is required for your class. 

If you are taking an English, literature or communications class at CCBC, you will be required to format your essays and bibliographies in MLA Style. This is a standard set of writing conventions, including spelling, punctuation, page formatting and content organization approved by the Modern Language Association (MLA).  Writers and researchers who wish to publish their work in scholarly journals in the Humanities are required to follow this set of rules, to facilitate communication. 

At the college level, these rules help you organize your thoughts logically and concisely and develop an outline that will make it easier for you to develop a good essay. 

The basic source of information about MLA Style is the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  Copies of the 7th edition and 8th of this book can found in the library.  The call number is 808.027 G35

The following library handouts comply with the 7th and 8th edition rules.  If you are going to use Microsoft Word for your citations, make sure the necessary corrections are made so the citations comply with the 7th edition rules. (See handouts below). Microsoft Office 2016 will still be Version 7 and there has been no announcement to update to Version 8.

EasyBib, formerly contracted by CCBC,  is an now open source software this year that makes it easy to create references in APA and MLA style. As a special service to educational facilities, students have the full access to save citations and create reference pages in EasyBib.  Easy Bib ciitations may be created in MLA 7 or MLA 7. Here again, compare the citations with the handouts below to make sure you are complying with the version of the MLA rules required for your class.  If you have questions, please ask a tutor, your professor or a librarian for assistance.

Here is the code for utilizing Easy Bib education version:BeavePA120.

Library Handout to connect: EasyBib

Version 7

MLA Style Guide

MLA Citation Style: Print Sources

MLA Citation Style: Electronic Sources

Version 8

 MLA 8 Quick Guide

Recommended Web Sites:
EasyBib: Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator    If you have registered with Easy Bib in the past and are not getting full service, use coupon code BEAVEPA120 to update your account remotely. Here are the registration instructions: EasyBib

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If you still need help, do not hesitate to see the reference librarian or a tutor.