If you use machine-generated citations – from databases or online citation machines – make sure to check them carefully against the examples in this guide! They frequently contain errors and/or use outdated style guidelines.
MLA (Modern Language Association) Style is typically used in humanities disciplines like literature and art. Always consult your assignment or your instructor for the correct citation style to use.
Note Citation styles change over time. Examples in this guide reflect the 9th edition of the MLA guidelines (2021), which is the current version. If you find citations elsewhere, make sure they follow the correct edition!
Below, see general guidelines and resources to learn more about MLA style. On other pages (linked in the guide menu), you'll find templates and examples for creating citations for books, articles, and other sources of information.
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