Bibliographic Details

MLA handbook.

Edition Eighth edition.
Imprint New York : The Modern Language Association of America, 2016.
Description xiv, 146 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language English
Subject Report writing -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Research -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Bibliographical citations -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Bibliographical citations
Report writing.
Handbooks and manuals.
Handbooks and manuals.
Format Print, Book
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Varying Form of Title Modern Language Association handbook
Other authors / contributors Modern Language Association of America.
ISBN 9781603292627
Notes Previous title: MLA Handbook for writers of research papers.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "The Modern Language Association, the authority on research and writing, takes a fresh look at documenting sources in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. Works are published today in a dizzying range of formats. A book, for example, may be read in print, online, or as an e-book--or perhaps listened to in an audio version. On the Web, modes of publication are regularly invented, combined, and modified. Previous editions of the MLA Handbook provided separate instructions for each format, and new formats required additional instructions. In this groundbreaking new edition of its best-selling handbook, the MLA recommends instead one universal set of guidelines, which writers can apply to any source."--Back cover.
Other form Online version: MLA Handbook. Eighth edition. New York : The Modern Language Association of America, [2016] 9781603292641
Review by Choice Review

English teachers rejoice! This eagerly awaited edition's first section dictates how to format a research project, including margins, running heads, and placement of the works cited list. Even better, it provides much-needed information on basic grammar. Readers actually see the words subject, verb, and object in print. "When a Comma Is Necessary" and "When a Comma Is Incorrect" alone are worth the price of admission. Very welcome is an entirely new section called "Principles of Inclusive Language," which gently guides students away from language bias and toward more neutral or compassionate treatment of age, race, gender, culture, or disability. Responding to our increasingly online and paper-free learning environments, guidelines on electronic submission are now included. The section on plagiarism has been slightly expanded. Specific examples of common knowledge would have been helpful; this is a concept often difficult for students to grasp without concrete illustration. In-depth explanations of the core elements of a citation are extremely helpful. What really lifts this edition off the page is the addition of pictures of a variety of sources with citation elements clearly labelled. Especially useful is the variety of web sources illustrated, which are not nicely formatted like a book's title page. Previously complex and abstract text-based explanations are now made simpler and more real. This is a visually oriented generation, and photos resonate with them. More discussion and examples of containers, especially regarding websites, is a great improvement. An appendix gives numerous examples by source type. Though this version is significantly heftier (more than 400 pages--prepare for the groans), the additions were necessary to gear the work to the needs of today's students and teachers. The index has accordingly been expanded from sixteen to thirty-four pages. A great improvement. Buy it. Summing Up: Essential. Community college and undergraduate students through researchers/faculty; professionals/practitioners. --Lisa K. Miller, formerly, Western Kentucky University Libraries

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