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MLA Citation, 8th ed.: Home

Designed to provide a basic understanding of the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation and writing style. MLA is commonly used for writing in the Arts and Humanities.

MLA Handbook 8th ed.

Information contained in this guide is based on the eighth edition of The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

A copy of the MLA Handbook is available at the library circulation desk for 2 hour reserve use, and at the Research Help Desk for guided use.

MLA Guide Overview

This LibGuide is designed to provide a basic understanding of the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation and writing style. MLA is commonly used for writing in the Arts and Humanities.

There are five tabbed sections (above) included in this guide:


  1. Citing Your Sources: This section provides examples and an explanation of how to correctly cite common resources on the Work Cited page of your paper.
  2. In-Text Citation: This section outlines the correct format and placement of parenthetical (in-text) citations in the text of your paper.
  3. Formatting Your Paper: In this section details about how to correctly layout and format your paper following the MLA style are provided.
  4. More Help: This section gives places to go for more help and information.  Including on campus and off campus resources.
  5. Citation Managers: This section provides guidance for setting up and using various citation assistant services provided by the library.

Please Note

This LibGuide in no way replaces the full MLA Handbook. If questions should arise in properly documenting and citing sources the complete handbook provides much more detail and direction.

Important: Be sure to always follow your instructor's guidelines when writing your papers.

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