Forthcoming in April 2021, the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook works as both a textbook and a reference guide. An all-in-one resource that makes MLA style easier to learn and use for writers at any level, the handbook includes
- expanded, in-depth guidance on how to use the MLA template of core elements to create works-cited-list entries that shows what each core element is, where to find it, and how to style it
- clarification that element names are not always literal and can apply to a range of situations (e.g., the Publisher element can refer to the publisher of a book or a sponsoring organization like the theater company that put on a play)
- a new, easy-to-follow explanation of in-text citations
- a new chapter containing recommendations for using inclusive language
- a new appendix with hundreds of sample works-cited-list entries listed by publication format, including books, databases, websites, YouTube videos, interviews, and more
- updated guidelines on avoiding plagiarism
- a new chapter on formatting a research paper
- new, expanded guidelines on spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and more
- a new chapter on using notes in MLA style
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Note that the eighth edition will be available through February 2021.