New edition of the MLA Handbook

This spring the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) replaced its seventh edition handbook with a new eighth edition. The new edition includes significant changes that focus more on the process of writing and documenting sources. Previous editions of the handbook provided very specific guidelines for formatting and citing and the new eighth edition outlines basic core elements and principles of MLA documentation and explains how writers can use them in different situations.

MLA 8th edition book coverExplore the MLA Style Center website for frequently asked questions and answers, teaching resources, tips on formatting a research paper, and information on plagiarism and dishonesty.

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab has updated their MLA Formatting and Style Guide to reflect changes in the new 8th edition:

Librarian Meredith Lewis is currently revising the Durham Tech Library’s MLA guide.  We’ll let you know when it is available. Print copies of the MLA Handbook 8th edition are available at all three campus libraries.






Student Library Workshop Schedule for Fall semester

Calling all Students!
Make plans to attend one of our Library Workshops this semester! 
Click here for the printable schedule:
Flyer Library Workshops Fall 15 revised

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WHY? Learn important skills for success at Durham Tech and beyond!

WHERE? ERC Main Campus Library Computer Lab room 520 (and Orange County Campus when noted below)

WHO? Workshops are open to all Durham Tech students and no preregistration is required

Library 101: Learn How to Use the Library
Learn to locate books, DVDS, articles, and other resources and services to help you take advantage of all that the library offers to students.

Thurs. Sept. 3 12:00-1:00 pm

Wed. Sept. 9 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Avoiding Plagiarism & Citing Sources Correctly
Learn to determine why, when, and how to cite sources and learn proper citation guidelines for MLA and APA formats.  Practice creating citations and ask questions. 

Tues. Sept. 15 11:00 am- 12:00

Mon. Sept. 28 3:00 -4:00 pm

Wed. Sept. 30  2:00 – 3:00 pm (Orange County Campus)

Tues. Oct. 6 12:00-1:00 pm

Thurs. Oct. 8 9:00-10:00 am (Orange County Campus)

Thurs. Nov. 5 1:00-2:00 pm

Database Searching Tips and Tricks  (Note: New Date!)
Learn how maximize your database searching and efficiently locate great articles for your papers and class assignments. 

Wed. Nov. 4 6:00-7:00 pm

A certificate of participation will be given to all attendees. We hope to see you at our workshops!

Citation Workshops update

The library has rescheduled a few of our Citation Workshops due to the winter weather.
All workshops will be held in the library’s computer lab room 520.  No pre-registration required.

New dates and times:

Tues. 3/3   11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Mon. 3/9   6:00 – 7:00 pm 
Wed. 3/25  3:00 – 4:00 pm
Thurs. 4/9  10:00 – 11:00 am

Come to a workshop to learn how to avoid plagiarism and cite your sources correctly!

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Citation Workshops for spring semester

Citation Workshops for students at the Durham Tech Library
ERC Computer Lab classroom 52

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Wed. Mar. 21st  5:30-6:45 p.m
Tues. Apr. 3rd  12:30-1:45 p.m.
Wed. Apr. 11th  11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Workshop Objectives:
-Learn to determine why, when, and how to cite sources
-Learn to locate and follow proper citation guidelines for MLA and APA formats
-Learn how to avoid plagiarism
-Practice creating citations

No pre-registration is required but each workshop is limited to the first 30 participants.

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