updates to citation styles

Did you know that the MLA and APA citation styles got recent makeovers? Big changes were introduced that will change how you format citations. The official updated MLA (7th ed.) and APA (6th ed.) handbooks are the main sources for finding answers to your citation questions. If you don’t have those resources sitting in front of you, here are a few recommended (with caveats) sites to help you find your way through these changes:

  • OWL at Purdue (Purdue University Online Writing Lab) provides concise information for citing sources in the updated versions of MLA and APA. Under “Most Popular Resources” on the right, click on either APA Formatting and Style Guide or MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide.
  • Research and Documentation Online from Diana Hacker of Bedford Handbook fame presents concise information for citing online and print resources for the updated MLA only (so far).  It also provides information for the previous edition of APA (5th ed.) as well as for Chicago/Turabian and CSE. A dependable resource that can serve as a resource for most citation questions. We’re hoping that an APA update is coming soon . . .
  • KnightCite is a citation generator that uses MLA’s updated version. You can also choose Chicago, but, beware of APA – it still uses the old version.

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