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Citing Sources: MLA Style

The following citation manuals and style guides provide the guidelines for formatting your paper and citing your resources.

About MLA Style

MLA (Modern Language Association) is most commonly used to cite sources in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature.

The MLA Handbook, 8th edition (2016), is the source students should consult to get more information about MLA style. A copy of the MLA Handbook is available at the Reference Desk.


REF DESK LB2369 .G53 2016

MLA Style - Citation Examples

We highly recommend the Purdue web site that explain MLA style guidelines and provide examples of MLA documentation:

If you need more information about MLA research paper formatting or documentation, the MLA Handbook, 7th edition (2009), is the source to consult.   Copies of the Handbook are available at the Reference Desk and in the Reference Stacks.

MLA Rules for Electronic Sources

Here a few general notes about the MLA's rules for citing electronic resources:

  • For every entry, you must determine the Medium of Publication. Most entries will likely be listed as Print or Web sources, but other possibilities may include Film, CD-ROM, or DVD.
  • URLs are not required for Web entries. You may include a URL as supplementary information when the reader probably cannot locate the source without it or when your instructor requires it.  If you include a URL, place it at the end of the citation, enclose the URL in angle brackets, and conclude with a period.
  • If you are citing an article or a publication that was originally issued in print form but was retrieved from an online database, you should include the name of the online database, the medium of access (Web), and the date of access.