The MLA Citation Style is often used for classes in the Humanities, such as English and History.
The formats in this guide are based on the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook.
If this guide does not meet your needs, consider using the MLA section of OWL, Purdue's Online Writing Lab.
Because information is delivered in ever-changing formats, the most recent version of the MLA Handbook asks students and other researchers to gather information that is generally available about each source and plug it into a standardized citation format (MLA 3). The standardized citation is as follows (MLA 20):
Author. Title of source. Title of container, Other contributors, Version,
Number, Publisher, Publication Date, Location.
It is important to note that not all of the information in the standardized citation will be available about all sources; only include information that that pertains to the work you use.
You can find a worksheet that will help you gather information about your source and format your citation on the MLA website.
MLA Handbook. 8th ed., MLA, 2016.
These handouts are for citations in MLA 7th edition format. Please note that the 7th edition is not current - do not use this format unless your instructor asks you to.
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