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What is MLA Citation Style

MLA 8th Edition

The Modern Language Association created the MLA Style to provide researchers with guidelines for writing and documenting scholarly borrowings. Use MLA to cite Math, History and English.

A citation consists of the author and title of the source and the container. A container is the element that "holds" the source. Example: If you read an articled on the website, the article is the source and the website is the container. If you read a short story, the story is the source and the anthology is the container. 

 The MLA core elements are:

  1. Author.
  2. Title of Source.
  3. Title of Container,
  4. Other Contributors
  5. Version,
  6. Number,
  7. Publisher,
  8. Publication Date,
  9. Location.

Video on how to create a Parenthetical Citation

MLA Basic "How To"

Here are some basic "How To's":

  • The Works Cited page is on a separate sheet of paper at the end of the document.
  • The words Works Cited should be centered at the top of the page.
  • Do Not number entries.
  • Double space entries (not each line).
  • Indent the second and all following lines of each entry 5 spaces (a hanging indent).
  • All entries should be in alphabetical order by the first word of the entry.

MLA Citation Worksheet

Cite an Illustration or Table

  • If you created your own table , simply label it Table and give it a number. If you created your own illustration or graph, simply lable it Fig. and give it a number.
  • However, if you are using tables or documents created by another source, use the guide below to give the author credit.

Template provided by MLA for students to gather information


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Example - MLA Works Cited Page