MLA Style

  • In English and in some humanities classes, you may be asked to use the MLA (Modern Language Association) style for documenting sources.

  • When to Document
    In a research paper, you will be drawing on the work of other writers, and you must acknowledge their contributions by citing them.
    Documenting MLA Within the Text
    The MLA’s in-text citations are made with a combination of signal phrases and parenthetical references.
    Signal Phrases
    When you choose to use quotations, make sure that they are integrated smoothly into the text of your paper.
    Practice Documenting Using MLA
    Take what you’ve learned up to this point and apply it in this short exercise.
    The Works Cited Page
    A list of works cited, which appears at the end of your paper, gives full publishing information for each of the sources you have cited in the paper.
    Citing MLA Online Material
    Details of citing online material
    Citing Articles in Periodicals with MLA
    The main parts of a periodical source are author, title of article, and publication information which can include the title of the periodical, the volume year, the year of publication, and inclusive page numbers. 
    Citing Books in MLA
    For most books, arrange information into three units, each followed by a period and one space: author’s last name, first name; title and subtitle, underlined or italicized; place of publication, the publisher, and the date
    Citing Other Sources
    How to Cite Other Sources in MLA