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Whose American Dream?: MLA Style

Guide for Dr. Natalie Carter's American Lit II, Fall 2012

MLA Overview

There are two different manuals for MLA Style Citations.

The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is mostly used by high school and college students and was most recently updated in 2009. It gives step-by-step advice on every aspect of writing papers, from selecting a topic to submitting the completed paper. It provides an authoritative presentation of MLA documentation style for use in student writing.

The most recent edition of the MLA Handbook is kept at the Information Commons/Reference Desk at the Irwin and Science Libraries.

The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing is mostly used by graduate students and professionals and was most recently updated in Summer 2008. It offers complete guidance on writing and documenting scholarly texts, submitting them for peer review, and preparing them for publication.

The most recent edition of the MLA Style Manual is also kept at the Information Commons/Reference Desk at the Irwin and Science Libraries.

MLA Style

For specific details and examples on citing sources within a paper and on creating a Works Cited page, mouseover the "MLA Style" tab above and choose the appropriate subpage.

The MLA Scholar tab has been subsumed into this section. The style of citation is the same. The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing mainly differs in describing layout and writing styles. Since that is beyond the scope of this LibGuide, all MLA citation notes have been merged into this tab.

Additional Info

Additional information on MLA style may be found at these websites:

Capitalization in Foreign Language Titles

When adding a title that is in a foreign languge, follow these basic rules regardless of citation style:

For German, capitalize the first word and all nouns.

For French, capitalize THROUGH the first noun in the title.

For Italian and other languages, capitalize just the first word.

(NOTE: Always capitalize all proper nouns.)

See page 105-113 in the MLA 7th edition for more information about capitalizing non-English words.

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