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Using Citations: Writing with Sources

Writing with Sources

Changes to MLA Style, 2016


There have been some major changes to MLA style of documentation with the release of the 8th edition in April, 2016. The current system is based on a few principles, rather than an extensive list of specific rules. It is organized according to the process of documentation, rather than by the sources themselves. This process teaches writers a flexible method that is universally applicable. Once you are familiar with the method, you can use it to document any type of source, for any type of paper, in any field.

Here is an overview of the process:

When deciding how to cite your source, start by consulting the list of core elements. These are the general pieces of information that MLA suggests including in each Works Cited entry. In your citation, the elements should be listed in the following order:

  1. Author.
  2. Title of source.
  3. Title of container,
  4. Other contributors,
  5. Version,
  6. Number,
  7. Publisher,
  8. Publication date,
  9. Location.

Citation Management Tools

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