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In April of 2021, the Modern Language Association (MLA) released the 9th edition of the MLA Handbook. Beginning in the Fall term 2021, all Gateway classes that use MLA formatting will be expected to move to the new edition. This style is most often used by students in General Studies, Business, Human Services, Pre-College, and ELL classes.
Save this template to your desktop or flash drive and then adapt it for your paper. Margins, font, spacing, header with page numbers, title page, and works cited page are preset to meet MLA 9th edition.
MAKE SURE YOU ARE LOGGED INTO GOOGLE DOCS (OR GMAIL) before accessing this link. Select the link, select "Use Template," and then adapt it for your paper. Margins, font, spacing, headers, page numbers, title page, and works cited page are preset to meet MLA 9 specifications.
Three-page guide with basic details on formatting, in-text citations, and reference citations.
Summary of MLA 9th ed. Updates
The formatting rules have not changed in the 9th ed. of MLA. This edition provides additional information and expanded sections of examples. The following are examples of the addition information provided and where to find them.
Expanded guidance on each of the MLA Core Elements with examples of what the element is, where to find it, and how to cite it.
Information on Author: pp. 107-120
Information on Title of Source: pp. 121-133
Information on Title of Container: pp. 134-145
Information on Other Contributors: pp. 145-153
Information on Version: pp. 154-157
Information on Number: pp. 158-164
Information on Publisher: pp. 164-172
Information on Publication Date: pp. 173-186
Information on Location: pp. 187-197
Expanded appendix with hundreds of examples (pp.303-346).
Additional examples of in-text citations (pp. 227-286).
Updated guidelines on how to avoid plagiarism (pp. 95-102).
Inclusive language guidelines (pp. 89-94).
Additional guidelines on spelling, punctuation, and grammar in MLA format (pp. 15-87).
Adapted from the Spartanburg Community College Libraries.
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