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Getting Started with Research at Shapiro Library

This guide discusses understanding information sources, formulating a topic and search phrase, where and how to search the library for information, how to evaluate sources, how to cite sources, and more.

MLA Style

What is MLA Style?

MLA Style, currently in its 7th edition, is a citation protocol established by the Modern Language Association.  MLA is most often used in the Humanities disciplines including, but not limited to:

  • English Language & Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Foreign Languages
  • Other areas in the humanities

Be sure to check with your professor as to what citation style is required for each assignment!

What does MLA Style Include?

  • the format & page layout of your paper
  • stylistic technicalities (e.g. abbreviations, footnotes, quotations)
  • how you cite other authors within the body of your paper
  • how you compile a references page at the end of your paper

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Citing Sources in MLA: Books & Web Resources

The library provides access to resources like books, ebooks, and websites that can help you cite sources in MLAstyle. Please visit our Citing Your Sources guide or explore the books and web resources listed below for help. You may also want to contact the Wolak Learning Center (UC Students) or Online Writing Center (COCE Students) for additional information about citing sources in MLA Style.

Helpful Books from the Library:

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers Book Cover

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Joseph Gibaldi; Modern Language Association of America Staff
Call Number: REF LB2369 .G53 2009
ISBN: 9781603290241
Publication Date: 2009-01-01

The Brief Penguin Handbook with Exercises Book Cover

The Brief Penguin Handbook with Exercises by Lester Faigley
Call Number: PE1408 .F24 2012
ISBN: 9780205030057
Publication Date: 2010-12-30

To find more books and ebooks on citing sources in MLA Style, please search the Online Library Catalog.

These web resources may be helpful if you need assistance citing sources in MLA Style. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.

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Citing Sources in MLA: Video Tutorials

Via the Atomic Learning database, currently enrolled SNHU students, faculty, and staff can access video tutorials that can help you cite sources in MLA style. Please visit our Citing Your Sources guide or contact the Wolak Learning Center (UC Students) or Online Writing Center (COCE Students) for additional information about citing sources in MLA Style.

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MLA (2009 Ed.) Research Paper Basics (Full Playlist)

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Examples of Sources Cited in MLA

Visit these links to see examples of citing sources in MLA. Check out the OWL at Purdue website for more examples of MLA style formatting.

More Help Citing Sources in MLA

Still need help citing sources in MLA? Contact the Wolak Learning Center (UC Students) at 603.645.9606 or TheLearningCenter@snhu.edu or the Online Writing Center (COCE Students) at writingcenter@snhu.edu. Additionally, all SNHU students, including online and evening students, enrolled in a writing intensive class may use SmarThinking--a free online tutoring service.

Alternatively, try one of these citation games or contact your professor for help:

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