I am new to LaTex and writing my dissertation usingin Overleaf. I am using BibLaTex and MLA-style for bibliographical information. Now, MLA published their 8th style guide in April and I would like to know how to implement the changes. Or whether anyone has taken on the monumental task of updating the old MLA style-file? MLA 8 makes a lot more sense than MLA 7 to me and I think it will be as useful style guide.

In particular, I would like to know, how to get rid of the "print" and "web" info, and add commas between the information.

The 8th edition suggests e.g. the following style for journal entries:

Kincaid, Jamaica. “In History.” Callaloo, vol. 24, no. 2, Spring 2001, pp. 620-26.

Whereas the 7th edition had this here:

Kinkaid, Jamaica. “In History.” Callaloo 24.2 (Spring 2001): 620-26. Web.

(Examples from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/22/)

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    If the changes are as big as you suggest, it will likely take some time for a complete overhaul. (Assuming someone is actually working on it.) – jon Jul 2 '16 at 21:47
  • The present version can be patched with the help of xpatch package, if there are not too many patches to apply. – Bernard Jul 2 '16 at 22:09
  • Thank you for your replies. It would be a lot of work to redefine every category for the entries with the xpatch package. It almost seems worth to tackle MLA8 instead. But since I have very little time left, maybe I should just go with APA or Chicago-style instead. – PeaBee Jul 3 '16 at 0:20
  • Unless you're forced to use MLA, I would just use APA, especially if you are writing in the natural or social sciences. biblatex-apa is kept quite up-to-date. But MLA and APA serve really different audiences and citing styles; if your field uses MLA generally, it might be simpler just to use biblatex-mla and not worry about 7th vs. 8th editions. – Alan Munn Jul 3 '16 at 1:01
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    AFAIK biblatex-mla has not been updated for quite some time it has some problems with recent changes in biblatex and might not work properly any more. I would not want to go through biblatex-mla and change it from 7th to 8th edition. But writing a full MLA style is beyond the scope of a question on this site. – moewe Jul 3 '16 at 8:32

The biblatex-mla maintainer has updated the package to properly work with recent versions of biblatex. The style now includes mla-new that implements the 8th edition of the MLA style guide. See also the CHANGES file on CTAN

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