MLA Citation Handout: a three-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:
- 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.
- 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 two sample papers written in MLA Style.
We also recommend the in-depth Purdue University Writing Lab's MLA Formatting and Style Guide.