New versions of APA and MLA – what you need to know

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Both APA and MLA citation styles have changed over the summer, and a new version of each has been published. Here’s what you need to know about these citation styles and support for them in the Library.

APA 6th Edition

APA has just published its 6th edition. There are significant changes to APA citation style, including:

  • the use of Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) in references to print and electronic sources (when available)
  • expanded coverage of online resources

The Library has created an online guide to provide extensive assistance to APA users.

We have also produced a new version of our popular APA handout. The handout is available for downloading from the online guide, or is available in print in the Library.

Contact your Liaison Librarian if you require more information about APA 6th Edition.

MLA 7th Edition

MLA has just published its 7th edition. There are significant changes to MLA citation style, including:

  • Using italics instead of underlines
  • All citations now include an indication of the medium of the source that was viewed (e.g. Print or Web)
  • Not including a URL when citing Web Resources

The Library has created an online guide to provide extensive assistance to MLA users.

We have also produced a new version of our popular MLA handout. The handout is available for downloading from the online guide, or is available in print in the Library.

Contact your Liaison Librarian if your require more information about MLA 7th Edition.

What if I want to keep using the old edition of APA or MLA?

Handouts for the old editions are still available on the Library website, and one copy of each manual will still be available to students at the Library Information Desk. However, we strongly encourage all instructors to switch as soon as possible. The new versions both contain expanded guidelines for citing electronic sources that will help alleviate some of your students’ frustrations when they’re working on their papers.

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2 Responses to “New versions of APA and MLA – what you need to know”

  1. Mina Says:

    hello, what is the difference between MLA 9 and MLA 7th edition? Which style does EasyBib use? Are there any online citation generators that use MLA 9? (because on EasyBib it says only MLA 6 and MLA 7)

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