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MLA Style: Basics

This guide is intended to help you cite sources in MLA style, avoid plagiarism, learn what MLA style is and includes, find examples of MLA style, lead you to campus resources that can help you cite sources in MLA, and more.

What is MLA Style?

MLA Style, currently in its 9th Edition, is a citation protocol established by the Modern Language Association. This style was developed for students to support the writing process. For more information about the MLA Handbook see their page What’s New in the Ninth Edition This link opens in a new window.

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 which 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

MLA Formatting Basics from the Academic Support Center