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Writing & Citing: MLA

How to cite info sources in various citation styles (ex. MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)

MLA Style


MLA (Modern Language Association) Style is used in English, Composition, & Humanities courses as a consistent way to document research. It is known for its simplicity and flexibility. It offers consistent formatting for citing sources in the text  (using parentheses) and listing your Works Cited. The official style manual is the MLA Handbook. The manual is now in its 9th edition and was published in 2021. You can find the print copy near the library service desk.

Remember that most Library Databases will format your citations for you! Look for a tool or icon that says 'Cite'. The Formatting Citations page shows you where to find this tool on library search platforms.

Sample MLA Papers

Helpful MLA Resources

MLA Handbook in Print

The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers gives step-by-step advice on every aspect of writing papers, from selecting a topic to submitting the completed paper. It provides an authoritative presentation of MLA documentation style for use in student writing.Find the most recent edition of the MLA Handbook on the Reference Shelf in the Library (first floor next to computers).