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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.

Work by One Author or Creator

IMPORTANT! See note about the hanging indent requirement on the left-bottom of the page.

General Format

(AuthorLastName page#)


AuthorLastName argues that...(page#).

For Example

(Goulimari 125)


Goulimari argues that ... (203).

Corresponding Works Cited entry:

Goulimari, Pelagia. Literary Criticism and Theory: From Plato to Postcolonialism. Routledge, 2014.