What the heck is MLA style?
"MLA" stands for "Modern Language Association." According to the Modern Language Association, "MLA style is a system for documenting sources in scholarly writing. For over half a century, it has been widely adopted for classroom instruction and used throughout the world by scholars, journal publishers, and academic and commercial presses." In high schools and colleges, it is used most often in English and other humanities courses.
For more information about MLA style, visit the MLA Style website.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) site is a fairly comprehensive resource for the Modern Language Association's (MLA) style and formatting rules.
Use the left side bar on OWL's page to navigate to the style or other help that you need.
|MLA Overview and Workshop|
|MLA Formatting and Style Guide||MLA Sample Paper|
|General Format||MLA Works Cited: Other Common Sources|
|MLA Formatting and Style Guide||MLA Additional Resources|
|MLA In-Text Citations: The Basics||MLA Abbreviations|
|MLA Formatting Quotations||MLA Sample Works Cited Page|
|MLA Endnotes and Footnotes||MLA Tables, Figures, and Examples|
|MLA Works Cited Page: Basic Format||MLA PowerPoint Presentation|
|MLA Works Cited Page: Books||MLA FAQs|
|MLA Works Cited Page: Periodicals||MLA Classroom Poster|
|MLA Works Cited: Electronic Resources||MLA 8th Edition Changes|
Academic Search Complete (along with Business Source Complete, CINAHL, PsycInfo, and other EBSCO databases) will create a citation for you! Look for the "Cite" button to view citations in all the major citation formats.
Citing your sources is an important step in the research and writing process. Choose one of the following to get started:
Documentation style depends on your area of study. For instance, the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style is often used in the social sciences, whereas the Modern Language Association (MLA) style is used in the humanities. Check with your professor to be sure you are using the right style for your papers.
Here's a short overview of citations:
For citing in-text quotations, the basic format is the author's last name and page number within parentheses, for example: Beethoven was considered "unnaturally gifted" in this matter (Sipe 65).
If you reference the author's name within your sentence, you only need to put the page number within parentheses, for example: Sipe argues that theoretical arguments must be "balanced by a historical perspective" (24).
Aside from citing parenthetically, you should also include a Works Cited page at the end of your paper.