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MLA Handbook Arrived

It’s here. 

Our new MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers arrived via Amazon.  (See my earlier post.)

Now comes the hard work–revising our style guides and explaining the changes. 

If you’d like a preview, visit two very helpful summaries:

The happy news–purchase of the book comes with online access to the entire fulltext plus 200 additional examples and three sample papers.  The code may only be used once. 

The site explains permitted and unpermitted uses:

Permitted Uses

An Authorized User may exercise only the following permitted uses of the Site and of the MLA’s copyrighted materials:

  • Log in to the Site on a personal computer.
  • Print one copy of any portion of the Site for personal use.
  • Download one copy of each sample paper on a personal computer for personal use. Personal use does not include submitting all or part of a sample paper from the Site for academic credit.
  • Display the Site or portions of it on a screen or monitor for the purpose of face-to-face classroom instruction.
  • Display the Site or portions of it on a monitor in a library for the use of an institution’s librarians as they provide face-to-face reference assistance.

Uses Not Permitted

The following uses are not permitted. This list includes examples and is not exhaustive. You should assume that any use not among the permitted uses is not permitted.

  • Dissemination of any part of the Site to others, selling a copy of any material, or using a copy for any kind of commercial venture.
  • Use in course packs (printed or online) without permission.
  • Linking to or framing any part of the Site other than the Site’s public home page,
  • Posting a user name and password for use by others. If you are an institutional owner of a copy of the MLA Handbook, such as a library, you are not authorized to make available a user name and password for general use, such as by library patrons. The user name and password are not intended to be used as a “site license.” Similarly, if you are someone (such as a teacher) who received a complimentary copy of the MLA Handbook, you are not authorized to provide the activation code from that copy to anyone else.

So, is a site license available?

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Barb Benkert says:

    From the MLA Handbook web page under FAQ “Does the MLA offer site licenses for the content of the MLA Handbook?

    No site licenses are available at this time. For an explanation of the permitted uses of this site, see “Terms of Use, Including Privacy Statement.”

  2. joycevalenza says:

    Thanks, Barb. I was afraid of that. Maybe a site license will come later. Meantime, we’ll rely on Hacker and Purdue’s OWL and our own interpretations.

  3. Rose Luna says:

    Thank you. I didn’t realize MLA was being updated. These sites are very helpful. I will pass the information on in my district and order a new copy of MLA.

  4. Does anyone else wonder why they eliminated the inclusion of the URL when citing websites? Yes, yes, I realize that it was quite ridiculous sometimes to have to write a lenghty URL, but to me that is the most important part of a website citation, as I teach my 3rd and 4th graders.

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