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|Original title||MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing|
|Publisher||Modern Language Association of America|
Published in English
|Media type||Print; large print; also listed as available as audiobook|
|Pages||xxiv & 336|
|LC Class||PN147 .G444 2008|
|Preceded by||MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (2nd ed., by Joseph Gibaldi)'|
The MLA Style Manual, titled the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing in its second (1998) and third edition (2008), was an academic style guide by the United States-based Modern Language Association of America (MLA) first published in 1985. MLA announced in April 2016 that the publication would be discontinued: the third edition would be the last and was to be “taken out of print”. The announcement also said that what began as an abridged version for students, the MLA Handbook, was to be thenceforth “the authoritative source for MLA style", and that the organization was "in the process of developing additional publications to address the professional needs of scholars."
MLA documentation style is used in scholarship throughout the humanities, especially in English studies, modern languages and literatures, comparative literature, literary criticism, media studies, cultural studies, and related disciplines.
The MLA Style Manual was one of two books on MLA documentation style published by the MLA. While the MLA Handbook is aimed at secondary and post-secondary students and their teachers, the intended audience of the Manual primarily consisted of graduate students, academic scholars, professors, professional writers, and editors.
Both the MLA Handbook and the MLA Style Manual were preceded by a slim booklet titled the MLA Style Sheet, first published in 1867 and revised in 1970. The Style Sheet was allowed to go out of print after the commercial success of the Handbook, creating the need for the Manual as a companion to the Handbook.