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Citation Style Guide  

Covers a variety of prominent style guides, including citation examples, that can be used for writing papers and completing assignments.
Last Updated: May 6, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

MLA Citation Print Page

About MLA

The current Modern Language Association (MLA) style manual is the 7th edition (2009).

MLA style is most commonly used in Literature, Arts & the Humanities.

A copy of the MLA style manual is available in the Ready Reference area at the Research Help Desk on the first floor of Blackwell Library:

Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009. Print.
Call Number: Ref. LB2369 .M165 2009


MLA Citation Examples

Book by a single author

Format: Author's last name, first name. Title of the book. Place of Publication: Publisher name, Date of publication.

Example: Staff, Frank. The Valentine & Its Origins. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1969.

Article in a periodical

Format: Author's name. "Title of the article." Journal Title volume number (Date of publication): pages.

Example: Fuller, Graham. "Brute Force." Film Comment 39 (2000): 35-37.

Articles / websites found online

Format: Author's name. "Title of the website article." Title of the entire website. Date of document or date of last revision, if known. Website URL (Date of access).

Example: Burka, Lauren P. "A Hypertext History of Multi-User Dimensions." MUD History. 1993. (2 Aug. 1996).

Articles found via online database

Format: Author's last name, first name. "Title of article." Title of Publication. Edition number and/or date of publication. Name of electronic database. Name of online service provider. (Date accessed).

Example: Warren, Christopher. "Working to Ensure a Secure and Comprehensive Peace in the Middle East." U.S. Dept. of State Dispatch 7:14, 1 Apr. 1996. Academic Search. EBSCOHost. (12 Aug. 1996).


Online MLA Resources

Some useful online resources include:

SU University Writing Center
MLA For Students (Flash)

Two Major Citation Styles
(Eastern Washington University)
- choose MLA Flash Tutorial

MLA Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue OWL)

Research and Documenting Sources: MLA Style
The Diana Hacker site on the basics of MLA style

FAQs About the MLA Style Manual From MLA


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