MLA Citation Style, created by Modern Language Association, is a style for formatting papers and recording the sources you used during your research.
Why do I need it? It is a requirement for some subjects, such as English.
How do I use it? Browse this website for examples of formatting your paper, recording in-text citations, and creating a Works Cited list. Follow the links where available, or make an appointment with a (free) tutor for more help.
New MLA 9th Edition
In Spring 2021 the MLA Handbook, 9th Edition was published.
The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition was published in April 2016.
Important terms to remember
Paraphrased vs. direct quote: To paraphrase means to take someone's idea or words and put them into your own words. A direct quote is when you take someone's idea word for word. Put direct quotes in quotation marks. Do not put paraphrased information in quotation marks. Place an in-text citation after a paraphrase and a direct quote.
In-text citations: the brief source information that you place immediately after a direct quote or a paraphrased idea.
Works Cited List: The full bibliographic citation for the sources you have used in your paper. Every in-text citation must have a corresponding reference entry. Hint* Create a full bibliographic entry at the same time as your in-text citation. This will save you a lot of time at the end of your paper.