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MLA Citation Guide (MLA 8th edition): In-Text Citation

What is new for in-text citations in the MLA 8th Edition

The principles behind in-text citations in MLA style are unchanged. A few details have been added or clarified, though:

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    For time-based media like video, times are now cited in the text (57).

  • *The use of my trans. to identify the writer’s translation of a non-English quotation is described (90–91).

  • *How to shorten long titles when they have to be included in a parenthetical citation is clarified (117–18).

  • *The common practice of documenting borrowings from Greek, Roman, and medieval works with part

  •   numbers, not page numbers alone, is described (122).

  • *The punctuation used when various items are combined in one parenthetical citation is summarized (126–27).

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    Ways of formatting citations in research projects other than traditional papers are suggested (127–28).



“What's New in the Eighth Edition.” Modern Language Association,, 2020,