Hola! I was studying the OWL website, and noticed it had last been updated in 2009, and I think MLA has changed since then some things, so I wondered, if I obtained a newspaper article from a Website like eschoolnews.com, I am not sure how to cite it, is it from a website? I newspaper? Not sure! Thanks!
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Redwood Girl is the expert on MLA, but it's always a good practice to have a hard copy of the manual that you use on hand. I'm an expert in APA, but I always keep a current copy of the APA manual on standby in case I run into something obscure.
That said, it has been my experience that changes in the manual (at least in the APA) have been rather minimal in regard to the conventions most commonly used. For example, from 5th ed. to 6th ed. the only changes that really mattered (read: that most people use) were:
Single space after periods (5th) to double space after periods (6th)
Retrieval date no longer necessary for websites where the information is not likely to change.
Paragraph heading formats changed (that was the big one)
City and state are now required in publication references
Page header and running head formatting was changed (another big one)
Abstract length was increased
The paragraph symbol can no longer be used in in-test citations, must now use para.
And the preferred spelling changed from Web site to website
As you can see the number of changes compared with the number of rules is minuscule. Chances are that most of the MLA information on OWL is correct. in addition, Purdue is pretty good about getting the changes up relatively quickly after new edition releases (at least for APA they are. They had the APA section updated about 9 or so months (maybe a bit longer after release of 6th ed.
Thanks! Being in Mexico I have to wait awhile for the 7th edition to arrive! I noticed the title of books in MLA is italicized now, from the 6th edition, but not having the hard copy in hand, I am not sure what other changes in MLA there are, can I send an email to Redwood Girl? :) Thanks for the info!
Actually she is on here frequently. If you have a specific question just post it here and if it is MLA related she will likely respond. In fact she will probably reply to this question the next time she is online.