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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition
Call Number: LB 2369 .G53 2009
ISBN: 1603290249


Citation Tutorials


What is MLA Format?

MLA Format is a citation format created by the Modern Language Association. It is used for research papers in many college and academic classes, including English classes.


Why Cite Sources?

  • Lend authority and credibility to your work
  • Allow readers (including your instructor!) to cross‐reference sources easily
  • Provide consistent format
  • Acknowledge academic debts and avoid plagiarism

What Are Citation Formats?

Citation formats are rules and guidelines that make writing styles uniform within a specific work or publication. They cover the following:

  • Layout of the paper (margins, spaces between lines, font size, etc.)
  • In-text documentation of sources (parenthetical citation)
  • Source documentation at end of paper (Works Cited in MLA, References in APA)

There are many citation formats. Some of the more commonly used ones are MLA formatAPA format, and Chicago format.


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In-Text Documentation

In-Text Documentation (also called parenthetical documentation or citation) is required for each borrowed item. Click on the link for more details.


Works Cited Documentation

Works Cited Documentation is required for every source cited in the paper with in-text documentation. Click on the link below for more details.

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