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MLA Style

Note: The 8th edition of The MLA Handbook has just been released. Visit the Purdue OWL for a preview of the changes. 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 of this book can be checked out.  The call number is 808.027 G35

The MLA Style rules have been upgraded in April 2009.  Our library handouts have been updated to comply with the new rules.  If you are going to use Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 to create your Works Cited page, make the necessary corrections to the citations so that they comply with the 7th edition rules. (See handouts below).

NoodleTools is an open source software that makes it easy to create references in APA and MLA style. Here again, compare the citations with the handouts below to make sure you are complying with the latest version of the MLA rules.  If you have questions, please ask a librarian or a tutor for assistance.

Library Handouts:
MLA Style Guide

MLA Citation Style: Print Sources

MLA Citation Style: Electronic Sources


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