Citations 101: MLA

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MLA Style is from the Modern Language Association. It is commonly used in the fields of arts, humanities and literature.

Official Guide

  • MLA Handbook, 8th edition (LB2369 .G53 2016, 2nd & 3rd Floors) - The official handbook for MLA citations and documentation.
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition (LB2369 .G53 2009, 2nd & 3rd Floors) - The previous edition of MLA.

Unofficial Guides


Quick Tips

Title Capitalization

Capitalize all the major words in the titles of books, articles, and journals.

  • Example Book Title: The History of History: A Novel of Berlin
  • Example Journal Title: Journal of the Scientific Study of Religion

Container Concept

MLA uses a "container" concept, where you include the overall container of the resource you are using. A container may be a journal, a database, a book (for a chapter), a website, etc.


Tutorials

Citing Books

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Citing eBooks

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Citing Journal Articles

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Citing Web Resources

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Citing Videos

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