Documenting sources is an important aspect of writing common to all academic fields. Writers must have comprehensible, verifiable means of referring to one another's work. The references are formatted in a standard way so they can be quickly understood and used by all, like a common language.
Think of MLA style principles as flexible guides rather than rules. The goal is to inform, persuade, and otherwise connect with the audience; error-free writing, along with trustworthy documentation, allows readers to focus on your ideas. Once the basic principles of style and citation are known, it allows for application for wide and generative use. The 8th edition MLA Handbook provides detailed guidelines for using MLA style.
. Unless otherwise directed by your instructor, this is the edition you should use when formatting, citing, and documenting your papers. Unfortunately, some citation generator sites and some of our database providers have not updated to the newest version so you should always double check citations retrieved from these sources.
MLA Handbook. 8th ed., MLA, 2016.
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