MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook (8thed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
Caution! when using citation tools, as these tools may not have been updated to reflect the new 8th Edition of MLA.
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The purpose of properly citing sources is:
Plagiarism is the result of not properly citing sources.
New to MLA 2016:
Capitalization and punctuation
All of the following require a citation:
Basically, anything that is not cited should be your own original idea or common knowledge.
In-text citations signal the reader that the information in the body of the paper is attributed to another source. In-text citations must have a corresponding citation on the Works Cited or Reference page.
The word of phrase used in the in-text citation must be the first word in the citation on the Works Cited or Reference page.
Examples of MLA in-text citations:
Lister claims that "stained glass work is an act of meditation" (23).
Interest in rap music has been increasingly mainstream (Bliss and Thomas 75).