MLA 8th Edition

Tips for Teaching the New 8th Edition MLA Format

Once you’ve adjusted to the new MLA format changes in the 8th edition, how do you introduce those changes to your college students? It can be hard enough to guide your students through their research papers without having to worry about re-teaching MLA citations. For students who haven’t previously used the MLA format, however, teaching this new style should actually prove easier than the old guidelines: there’s a greater consistency that should be helpful. Convincing more familiar students of the need to change may be a greater challenge, but luckily, the MLA Style Center has released a number of Read More…


Tools for College Students: Learning the New MLA Guidelines

If you are a college student who has already completed your freshman year, or if you went to a high school that required research papers, odds are you’re already at least somewhat familiar with the MLA style guide. But what you may not know is that the MLA published the 8th edition in April 2016, and many things have changed! The MLA editors have streamlined the format to make it easier to cite sources in your research paper. If you’ve already memorized the umpteen unique MLA citation formats, don’t despair; the changes aren’t that drastic, and they really have Read More…


MLA 8th Edition vs. 7th Edition: Major Differences

There are some major philosophical differences between MLA 7th edition and the new 2016 MLA 8th edition. Many of these center around the MLA citations, and the way that resources are treated, giving student researchers a more consistent way to cite their sources. Rather than focus on the exact format of a source to guide its citation, the new MLA format looks at the “container” housing the source, giving a more holistic, universal approach.

Universal approach vs. strict format per source

Students who have already written research papers are used to looking up each individual type of source in the Read More…


Prepare Your Classroom Style Guides: MLA 8th Edition is Here

In April 2016, the MLA released the 8th edition of their style guide. The updates to the MLA format move toward making it much easier for students writing their research papers to cite digital sources, like YouTube videos, which were cumbersome under the earlier rules. While the MLA citations for paper bibliographies have changed quite a bit, MLA in-text citations are roughly the same. Here are the changes you should be aware of as you get your students ready for this year’s research papers.

Digital publication has changed research and documentation.

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Modernizing MLA for the Digital Age

Guest Contributor: Tina Willhoite, San Jacinto College (Texas) MLA first began in 1883 as a way to share scholarly findings and documentation with colleagues.  For over a century, the association has supported and strengthened programs within the humanities.  Just as new inventions and technology have made life easier for inhabitants of the 21st century, MLA, 8th edition, makes academic research much easier to cite in an era of digital publications. The length of the handbook is down to nearly half the size of the seventh edition, which was a whopping 300 pages.  Many of the strict rules have been replaced Read More…