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Changes to the 7th edition of MLA

Changes to the 7th edition of MLA

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  • 1. MLA 7th edition All you ever wanted to know and more
  • 2. MLA Handbook Website: http://www.mlahandbook.org/fragment/public_index Picture from the MLA Handbook Website.
  • 3. What’s new? • Underlining • URLs • Pagination • Publication medium • Abbreviations
  • 4. Underlining • Outdated and unnecessary • Use italics - Angels and Demons
  • 5. URLs • URLs are no longer required • Unless…citation information does not clearly and easily lead to the source
  • 6. Pagination • Continuous pagination or no continuous pagination? • No longer matters • Both volume and issue number required
  • 7. Publication medium • Each citation states the type of medium • Print; Web; Performance; DVD; TV
  • 8. Abbreviations • No publisher – n.p. • No page – n.pag. • No date – n.d.
  • 9. Examples Let the fun begin!
  • 10. Book – One Author • Old Brown, Dan. Angels and Demons. New York: Atria Books, 2003. • New Brown, Dan. Angels and Demons. New York: Atria Books, 2003. Print.
  • 11. Print journal • Old Mullard, Asher. “Microbiology: Tinker, Bacteria, Eukaryote, Spy.” Nature 459 (2009): 159-61. • New Mullard, Asher. "Microbiology: Tinker, Bacteria, Eukaryote, Spy." Nature 459.7244 (2009): 159-61. Print.
  • 12. Print magazine • Old Weber, Joseph, and Christopher Palmeri. “Be Our Guest. Please.” Business Week 25 May 2009: 11. • New Weber, Joseph, and Christopher Palmeri. “Be Our Guest. Please.” Business Week 25 May 2009: 11. Print.
  • 13. Print Newspaper • Old Wines, Michael. “To Protect Ancient City, China Plans to Raze It.” New York Times 28 May 2009, natl. ed.: A1+. • New Wines, Michael. “To Protect Ancient City, China Plans to Raze It.” New York Times 28 May 2009, natl. ed.: A1+. Print.
  • 14. Database journal • Old Wessels, Michael. “Foraging, Talking, and Tricksters.” Journal of Folklore Research 45 (2008): 299-327. Project MUSE. UTPA Lib., Edinburg, TX. 1 June 2009 <http://muse.jhu.edu/>. • New Wessels, Michael. “Foraging, Talking, and Tricksters.” Journal of Folklore Research 45.3 (2008): 299-327. Project MUSE. Web. 1 June 2009.
  • 15. Website • Old Purdue OWL. “Evaluating Print vs. Internet Sources." The Purdue OWL. 8 Jan. 2010. Purdue U Writing Lab. 26 Jan. 2010 <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/5 53/01/>. • New Purdue OWL. "Evaluating Print vs. Internet Sources." The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 8 Jan. 2010. Web. 26 Jan. 2010.
  • 16. In-text citations • Must refer back to sources listed in works cited • Must specify location of the borrowed information • Usually includes author’s last name and a page reference
  • 17. Example – One author • Author’s name in text According to Brown, science and religion co- exist (179-181). • Author’s name in citation Science and religion co-exist (Brown 179-181).
  • 18. Example – Multiple authors • Authors’ names in text Weber and Palmeri agree that restaurants are losing money (11). • Authors’ names in citation Restaurants are losing money (Weber and Palmeri 11).
  • 19. Example – Quote • Author’s name in text Place claims “bacteria are gross” (148). • Author’s name in citation “Bacteria are gross” (Place 148).
  • 20. Example – No page numbers • If no page numbers are available, include the author in the text • Example Place provides a different viewpoint on the situation.
  • 21. Example – Multivolume source • Author’s name in text – separate volumes The anthology by Borntrager discusses the influence of the short stories Jackson’s “The Lottery”(2: 345-50) and Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” (3: 171-220). • Author’s name in citation – volume as a whole The hypocrisy of the authors and their works is the central focus (Borntrager, vol. 1).
  • 22. Some automatic citation sites • EasyBib – Offers free automatic citation for MLA style only • Responsible for proper capitalization • Knight Cite • Citation Machine • BibMe • Word 2007
  • 23. Now it’s your turn! • Go to http://www.cdc.gov/Features/BirthDefects/ • Practice by creating the citation for this webpage
  • 24. Survey says...? • Answer National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. “CDC Features – 10 Things You Need to Know About Birth Defects.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC, 19 Jan. 2010. Web. 28 Jan. 2010.
  • 25. Questions?