Here at Kirkwood Community College, most classes use either the MLA or APA citation systems. The MLA was updated in 2016, but the APA hasn’t updated since 2010.
In October the APA is publishing a major update. So far we haven’t seen it yet so we don’t know how much of a change it will be, but hopefully it will address the many technological changes that have effected research and college research papers since 2010.
The Nursing department will be switching over Spring semester, other departments may have their own schedule. The Kirkwood Community College library plans on having the new handout out by January. If it follows what happened with the last MLA release, you can expect the automatic citation generators in the various databases and stand alone citation generations to change over at different speeds. Once in a very long while we STILL find things using the old MLA system, but some systems switched over fairly quickly. Warn your students to be careful – and as always it will be a good idea for them to create their own citations or at least closely examine all citations themselves. If you’re giving an assignment be clear about which version they are to use and if you’re a student and your instructor doesn’t say – ASK!
UPDATED September 7 2019: After I posted this online I was asked when the Chicago Manual of Style was last updated. (Once in a long while we get an instructor at Kirkwood using this, but it’s so rare we only give minimal support.) The last edition was the 17th and it came out in 2017. We have the manual at the reference desk in the library if anyone ever needs it. And for the curious, the current un-updated APA edition is the 6th edition and the current MLA edition is the 8th.
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