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MLA Guide for Faculty: Resources

MLA 8th Edition Style Elements

The MLA Handbook, 8th edition presents a chart or worksheet to create proper MLA formatted citations.  The rationale is that all sources will have similar elements regardless of their format. Some sources may not have a particular element (e.g. version), so you can skip to the next element.  For instance, a journal article should have an Author, Title of source (Article title), Container (Name of journal), Numbers (Volume and issue) and Location (Page numbers) but adding a publisher is not necessary.  Online resources will not have page numbers but should have a url, doi, or permalink to indicate the Location element.

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Author.

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Title of source.

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Title of container,

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Other contributors,

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Version,

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Number,

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Publisher,

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Publication date,

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Location.

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