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SSPN 301 - Introduction to Hispanic Literature - Dr. June Carter: MLA 8th Edition Format

What is MLA?

What Is MLA Style?

MLA style is a system for documenting sources in scholarly writing. For over half a century, it has been widely adopted for classroom instruction and used worldwide by scholars, journal publishers, and academic and commercial presses.

Works today are published in a dizzying range of formats. On the Web, modes of publication are regularly invented, combined, and modified. MLA style was updated in 2016 to meet the challenges facing today’s researchers. It recommends one universal set of guidelines that writers can apply to any type of source. Entries in the list of works cited are composed of facts common to most works—the MLA core elements. Works are cited in the text with brief parenthetical citations keyed to the list of works cited.

Learn more about what's new in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook.

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How do I create hanging indents for my works cited page?

  1. Place your cursor at the beginning of your second line, before any text
  2. Right click your mouse
  3. Select Paragraph from the resulting pop up menu
  4. Under Indentation, use the Special pull-down menu to select hanging
  5. Use the By menu to select 0.5"

8th Edition ** NEW EDITION AS OF 2016 **

Books

NOTE: These books mention MLA 7th edition not the newer 8th edition, some of the information will be correct some will not.  Be sure to use discression.