MLA ( which stands for Modern Language Association) format is a standardized method for giving credit to those whose work you use. It is important to let your readers know where you got your information.
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 commiting plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered stealing and could result in failure or worse!
This page has many helpful ways to make your MLA Works Cited page correctly.
If you have questions, speak with a librarian or consult a tutor in the Writing Center or check out the links in the box at the bottom of this column.
Are you using another person's ideas or quoting from the original work itself?
Use in-text notation after a quote or paraphrase.
List the author and work on your Works Cited page.
Check the MLA handout and the links below.
Most of the databases now provide citations for articles. You must locate the tools box and look for the link to cite or citation tools. This image from Infotrac General Onefile/ Academic Onefile shows the link for citation tools.
If you are using the Literature Resource Center, the box looks slightly different, but works the same way.
Once you click on the link, you will be given several choices. Select MLA 7th edition and then choose Save. Next, choose Open to see the citation. You do not need the URL. Copy and paste this citation into your works cited page. Make sure it is correct. All words in the title of the article must be capitalized. Once you have all your citations, make sure they are in alphabetical order by the authors' last names.
This is the tool box for Academic Search Complete and Humanities International. Once you click on the Cite link, you will be given all possible citation formats for the article. Select MLA 7th edition. Copy and paste the citation into your works cited page. Be sure to check that titles are capitalized and formats are correct.
If you are using Newsday, click on the cite link in the tool menu above the article.
Always be sure to select the MLA 7th edition version of the citations you are using!