Answered By: Lydia Willoughby
Last Updated: Oct 26, 2016     Views: 20

The big change is thinking about citation in simpler and more universal terms. The way MLA does this is by thinking about sources and containers. Instead of thinking about format first ("How Do I Cite a Book? How Do I Cite a Website, or a DVD?"), now MLA wants us to think about core elements of all citations sources and their containers. In this new edition, Author and Title are primary when building a citation, regardless of format source:

Author. Title of source. Title of container, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location.

MLA has a great quick guide on their website: https://style.mla.org/works-cited-a-quick-guide-book/

And Marquette University libraries put together this 4 min video that is really helpful at explaining citation practices using the new 'container' language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSekgYAdQcU&feature=youtu.be

For a thorough overview of all updates and changes, see the full "What's New MLA Guide": https://www.mla.org/MLA-Style/What-s-New-in-the-Eighth-Edition

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