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Research Organization - Composition II: MLA Citation Style

How organize and use sources for research for Composition II classes.

The MLA (Modern Language Association) Handbook

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MLA Basics & Tutorials

Who & Why?

Who uses MLA?

Anyone engaged in writing in the humanities fields, with emphasis on literature and language--academicians in these fields in countries around the world use MLA!

Modern Language Association. "What is MLA Style?" Modern Language Association, mla.org/style, (accessed 27 March 2012).

Why MLA?

What is MLA Style (and why is it needed)?

"Generally simpler and more concise than other styles, MLA style features brief parenthetical citations in the text keyed to an alphabetical list of works cited that appears at the end of the work."

Modern Language Association. "What is MLA Style?" Modern Language Association, mla.org/style, (accessed 27 March 2012).

2016 Update

"The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing was taken out of print in summer 2016. The system of documentation explained in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook is the authoritative source for MLA style as of April 2016. The MLA is developing additional publications to address the professional needs of scholars."

Modern Language Association. "The MLA Style Manual." Modern Language Association, mla.org/MLA-Style/The-MLA-Style-Manual.

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