MLA has a replaced the 7th ed. with a new 8th edition. This new style of citation is intended to provide documentation based on core elements that may be applied to every possible source and compiling them in the recommended order.
In previous MLA Handbooks, a specific set of instructions was given for each format type. The problem with this approach is that there is no way to anticipate all format types a student may encounter.
To solve this problem, this new edition provides a "universal set of guidelines" for citing sources across all format types.
These guidelines state that, if present, these major elements should be included in the citation:
*Note: Container is the larger whole of what you are citing. For example, the larger whole of a chapter is a book, the larger whole of an article can be a journal, magazine, newspaper, encyclopedia, or other type of publication
1. vol. and no. are now spelled out.
Instead of 32.3, it's vol. 32, no. 3
2. Type of contributor is now spelled out
Examples include: Adapted by, Directed by, Edited by, Illustrated by, Introduction by, Performance by, Narrated by, etc.
3. Place of Publication is Omitted
4. Page numbers are designated with pp.
5. Date of access is optional
6. Medium of publication is omitted
7. Permanent URLs are included
This guide was adapted from one originally created by Britt McGowan, Reference & Instruction Librarian at the University of West Florida: http://libguides.uwf.edu/c.php?g=215200&p=3321453