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Kenzie, Susan Wegener, Maryam Ghafoor, Purdue OWL Staff Last Edited: 2017-09-05 The following overview should help you better understand how to cite sources using MLA eighth edition, including the list of works cited and in-text citations.
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.
In your citation, the elements should be listed in the following order: Each element should be followed by the punctuation mark shown here.
Earlier editions of the handbook included the place of publication, and required punctuation such as journal editions in parentheses, and colons after issue numbers.
MLA has turned to a style of documentation that is based on a general method that may be applied to every possible source, to many different types of writing.
But since texts have become increasingly mobile, and the same document may be found in several different sources, following a set of fixed rules is no longer sufficient.
Please use the example at the bottom of this page to cite the Purdue OWL in MLA.
See also our MLA vidcast series on the Purdue OWL You Tube Channel.
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