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Citing Sources: MLA

MLA: The Basics

What is MLA?

MLA is the citation style of the Modern Language Association.  MLA is widely used in the humanities, particularly in English, Comparative Literature, and associated fields.

Additional Information

Use the various resources listed on this page to find examples of MLA citations. For information on ways to manage your citations, go to the Citation Tools page.

If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to contact a librarian!

Citation Books

The following books contain information on citing in a variety of styles (such as MLA and APA), as well as general writing advice.

MLA Citations

For extensive examples on a variety of cited sources, see the links listed above or refer to the MLA handbooks available in the library.

In-Text Citations

In MLA, you typically use parenthetical citations in the body of a paper. A parenthetical citation contains the author's last name and a page number.

In an MLA parenthetical citation, you only provide the information necessary to locate a source in your Works Cited. If you use an author's name in a sentence, you do not need to include the name again in the parenthetical citation.

Remember that in-text citations should compliment and not repeat information from the text of the paper.

Works Cited

In MLA, you also create a Works Cited listing all of your sources alphabetically.  A works cited contains a full citation for every source you use. Full citations include the author's name, the complete title, any information about editions and translations, and complete publication information.