Writing a term paper in the LITERARY SCIENCES
For term papers in literary sciences, please use the MLA Handbook, Ed.: The Modern Language Association of America. You can use either the eighth OR ninth edition, however, decide on one and be consistent to use only that edition throughout your term paper.
Mixing information and using both editions, as they differ from each other considerably in some formatting suggestions.
Writing a term paper in LINGUISTICS
The Style Sheet for linguistic term papers can be found here: English Linguistics.