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Citation Guide: MLA Citations

What is MLA?

 MLA (which stands for Modern Language Association) format is a standardized method for giving credit to those whose words or ideas you use.   It is important to let your readers know where you got your information. This style is used in courses such as English, Music, Philosophy, Reading and Theater.  

Every research paper or project that uses outside sources must include a list of those sources at the end of the paper. This is called the Works Cited page and should list all sources in proper MLA format alphabetically by the authors' last names.

MLA format has specific forms for each type of resource you use: books, magazine articles, journal articles etc. It even differentiates between online and print materials.With correct MLA citations, you will never risk committing plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered stealing and could result in failure or worse!

This guide has many helpful ways to make your MLA Works Cited page correctly. If you have more questions, speak with a librarian or consult a tutor in the  Writing Center.