Note: The 8th edition of The MLA Handbook has been released recently. 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: http://libguides.valenciacollege.edu/mla8
The MLA Writing Center has a practice template for MLA 8. https://style.mla.org/files/2016/04/practice-template.pdf
Many of your classes will still accept or prefer 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 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 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. Currently Easy Bib and database auto citations are remaining in 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.
MLA Style Guide
MLA Citation Style: Print Sources
MLA Citation Style: Electronic Sources
Recommended Web Sites:
EasyBib: Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator
http://www.easybib.com/ If you have registered with Easy Bib in the past and are not getting full service, use coupon code BEAVEPA16 to update your account remotely. Here are the registration instructions: EasyBib
What is MLA Style? (Modern Language Association)
Citing tables, images, and other illustrations in MLA Style
Signal Phrases and Parenthetical Citation
If you still need help, do not hesitate to see the reference librarian or a tutor.