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Research: Cite Your Sources: MLA


MLA Style is most often used in the humanities, including English, literature, art, theater, music, philosophy and religion. When using MLA, you create a Works Cited or Works Consulted page.

In MLA style, in-text citations are inserted in the body of your paper to identify the source of your information. In-text citations point the reader to more complete information in the Works Cited list at the end of the paper.  Visit MLA In-Text Citations:The Basics from the Purdue Owl website for more information.

Coulter Library MLA Handout

Modern Language Association (MLA) 9th Edition Handout

This useful handout presents tips on using the MLA format for citations and offers examples of MLA citations for some formats.

For the complete rules as well as examples of additional formats not included in the Library handout, refer to the complete MLA Handbook or MLA Style Center.


Website: Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Find lots of useful handouts and research links. This is a great site to get tips for writing argumentative essays, literary term definitions, writing about poetry. OWL includes information about MLA and APA formatting and style guides, and much more.

Book: MLA Handbook

Website: OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide

Purdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide

This is a useful overview to help you better understand how to cite sources using MLA. It includes basic information about how to format your Works Cited page and how to handle in-text citations. 

Website: MLA Style Center

Visit these websites for more information about using MLA citation format.

Video: Setting Up MLA format in Google Docs

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