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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.

Works by the Same Author

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


General Format

(AuthorLastName, Shortened Title page#)


(AuthorLastName, "Shortened Title" page#)

See note ¹


For Example

(Haynes, Noah's Curse 84)


(Haynes, The Last Segregated Hour  57)

See note ²


Corresponding Works Cited entries

Haynes, Stephen R. Noah's Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery. Oxford University Press, 2007.

---. The Last Segregated Hour: The Memphis Kneel-Ins and the Campaign for Southern Church Desegregation. Oxford University Press, 2012.


¹ For in-text citations (Per the MLA Handbook (8th edition), p. 55: Including only the author name and page number in a parenthetical citation is insufficient if more than one work appears under that author's name in the work cited list.  In that case, include a shortened version of the source's title.

² If you are using sources by two different authors with the same last name, add the authors' first initial to the citation. (e.g. N. Smith 32).  See page 55 of the MLA Handbook.