Citation Guide

Basic Overview of MLA Citation Style

MLA MLA Citation Handout: a two-page quick guide to citing in MLA format

Every time you quote or paraphrase someone else’s work, you must tell us:

  • who wrote the work
  • what is it called
  • and where can we find a copy.

You give us this information in two places:

  1. In the paragraph where you are quoting or paraphrasing. This is called a Parenthetical Citation because you will put brief information about the work in parentheses. Check out our guidelines and examples in the left-hand column.
  2. In the Works Cited page at the end of the paper. This is where you put all of the information we need to find a copy of the works you used in your paper. Check out our guidelines and examples in the left-hand column.

 

The MLA Style Center provides detailed instructions on Formatting a Research Paper and provides three sample papers written in MLA Style.

 

We also recommend the in-depth Purdue University Writing Lab's MLA Formatting and Style Guide.