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Citation Guide: MLA Style

A guide to creating citations for bibliographies and works cited pages

Websites for MLA Style Citations

Many of these sites offer information about constructing in-text citations, as well as constructing citations for bibliographies and works cited lists: 


MLA-style and APA-style guidelines change over time, especially for citing sources accessed electronically. This guide incorporates the most up-to-date information about how to cite sources correctly.

If you use a citation generator from a database or website, doublecheck, using this guide, to be sure the generator has used the current rules.

MLA Style

MLA (Modern Language Association) Style is used in Literature, Arts, and Humanities disciplines.  Always consult your assignment or ask your instructor for the correct citation style to use.

Citations for Articles (both online and in print)
Citations for Books (both online and in print)
Citations for Government Documents (both online and in print)
Citations for Other Resources (like webpages, films, episodes of television series, art, and more)

MLA Core Elements

MLA now recommends creating a citation for a source by presenting, in a particular order, at least nine core elements of information about the source. For more on these citation guidelines, review this handout:

For more detailed information, consult the authoritative source: 
MLA Handbook, 8th edition. 
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