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Sound Writing is the official writing handbook on campus, written by student writing advisors and specifically tailored to the needs of Puget Sound students and their faculty.
In addition to supporting the development of successful academic writing skills, Sound Writing also includes sections on research methods, writing in the disciplines, and more.
Sound Writing provides help with three citation styles: MLA, APA, and Chicago (notes & bibliography).
Current Edition: 2020
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MLA Style Guide
MLA Handbook by
Call Number: LB2369 .G53 2016 Reference (plus one copy on reserves)
Publication Date: 2016
The latest (8th) edition of the "official" guide!
You should always should check with your professor to make sure which citation style to use. See the Collins Library quick MLA citation guide for commonly used types of sources, or consult the full book.
MLA Core Elements of a Citation
The newest edition of the MLA Handbook provides a "universal set of guidelines" for citing sources across all format types. In the new model, the writer creates an entry by consulting the MLA’s list of core elements—facts common to most works—which are assembled in a specific order. The MLA core elements appear below:
[From: MLA Style Center]
Major Changes in the 8th Edition
MLA 8th edition has arrived with a number of changes. Here is the overview of what's new/changed:
- No cities of publication for books.
- No medium (print, web, etc.).
- The use of abbreviations such as vol. for volume, no. for number, and p. or pp. for page number(s).
- In most cases no date of access for electronic resources.
- Permanent URLs.
Citations are key to participating in the scholarly community. They are a way to converse with other scholars, but they also:
- Give fair credit to others for their ideas, creations, and expressions.
- Back up claims and statements.
- Provide a way for an interested reader to learn more.
- Support academic integrity.
Consult Citation Tools to learn more about different citation styles. Collins Library also supports two knowledge management tools: RefWorks and Zotero.
There are several additional reliable and thorough guides to citation styles available online: