See also our MLA vidcast series on the Purdue OWL You Tube Channel.MLA is a style of documentation that may be applied to many different types of writing.In the current version, punctuation is simpler (only commas and periods separate the elements), and information about the source is kept to the basics.
Since texts have become increasingly digital, and the same document may often be found in several different sources, following a set of rigid rules no longer suffices.
Thus, the current system is based on a few guiding principles, rather than an extensive list of specific rules.
While the handbook still describes how to cite sources, it is organized according to the process of documentation, rather than by the sources themselves.
This gives writers a flexible method that is near-universally applicable.
DOIs: A DOI, or digital object identifier, is a series of digits and letters that leads to the location of an online source.
Articles in journals are often assigned DOIs to ensure that the source is locatable, even if the URL changes.
In addition to the author, there may be other contributors to the source who should be credited, such as editors, illustrators, translators, etc.
If their contributions are relevant to your research, or necessary to identify the source, include their names in your documentation.
It should properly attribute any ideas, paraphrases, or direct quotations to your source, and should direct readers to the entry in the Works Cited list.
For the most part, an in-text citation is the author’s name and the page number (or just the page number, if the author is named in the sentence) in parentheses: Again, your goal is to attribute your source and provide a reference without interrupting your text.