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Citing Sources

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, 9th edition (2021), 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 2021

MLA Style - Citation Examples


  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab's (OWL) MLA Style Guide provides numerous examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page. 
  • The MLA Style Center is the authority on MLA style. In addition to information on how to cite works and format papers, the site contains instructions for citing unusual formats.