Monday, August 24, 2009

New Citation Manuals Make Citing Electronic Sources Easier

The long-awaited seventh edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, the standard style and documentation guide for millions of college students, has arrived in the Richland Library! The new edition has made many changes to MLA documentation style and has simplified guidelines for citing information found on the Web, in digital files, and graphic narratives. "The new edition builds on input from scholars, librarians, and students to create the best tool ever for writing research papers," says MLA Executive Director Rosemary G. Feal.

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue offers students information on some of the changes in the new edition.

Diana Hacker has posted information about some of the changes in the MLA Handbook on her Web site . NoodleTools has incorporated the new MLA guidelines. The Richland Librarians are updating all of our MLA handouts, our examples on our Web site, and our classes. We will begin teaching 7th edition of the MLA Handbook this semester.

Copies of the new MLA Handbook are available in the Richland College Library at the Reference Desk and in the Main Collection: LB 2369 .G53 2009.

The new 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (usually referred to as the APA Manual) is also available in the library: BF 76.7.P83 2010.

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue offers APA formatting guidance:
NoodleTools will soon release updates to make their citations compatible with the 6th edition.

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