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Canadian Writers and Poets on Tape

A guide to library and archival resources.

MLA Handbook

Scholars in the field of literature follow the citation rules described in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers to cite the sources they use in their publications: 

  • always use the latest edition of the handbook, since the rules undergo revisions and thus change over time
  • in case of the MLA style, the most recent edition was published in 2009
  • The Writing Lab at Purdue University has a very good general introduction to incorporating citations for different types of publications into your paper
  • there are number of print copies available at the libraries: write down the call number (e.g. PN147 .G53 2009) and the book section (e.g. Stacks) to locate on our shelves. 

Citing Archival Materials

Take note of the following details while you are conducting research in the archival collection for each item you are examining: 

  • name of the author or creator
  • date
  • box number and file number 
  • page number
  • name of the archive
  • the institutional repository that houses the collection 
  • the location of the repository.

For instructions on incorporating in-text citations and sample works cited list for various types of archival materials (photographs, letters, and others), please consult Guide to Archival Research (Dalhouse University).