The eighth edition of the MLA Handbook , while suitable for writers at all levels, is designed with teaching students in mind. It explains the principles behind citing sources, provides instruction on the MLA’s system of documenting sources, and offers detailed guidelines on the mechanics of scholarly prose. The handbook includes guidelines on plagiarism and academic dishonesty, tips on evaluating sources, and a worksheet for creating works-cited-list entries. The eighth edition’s system of documentation supersedes the guidelines set out in the seventh edition and in the MLA Style Manual .
b) For a monthly or quarterly publication use month and year , or season and year . For the months May, June, and July, spell out the months, for all other months with five or more letters, use abbreviations: Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec. Note that there is no period after the month. For instance, the period after Jan. is for the abbreviation of January only. See Abbreviations of Months of the Year, Days of the Week, and Other Time Abbreviations . If no months are stated, use Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, etc. as given, .: