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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.

What is MLA Style?

MLA Style, currently in its 8th 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

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 MLA style. 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 (Campus Students) or Academic Support Center (Online Students) for additional information about citing sources in MLA Style.

Helpful Books from the Library

To find more books and eBooks on citing sources in MLA Style, please search the Multi-Search or the Online Library Catalog.

Helpful Web Resources

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.

Citing Sources in MLA: Video Tutorials

Via the Hoonuit database, currently enrolled SNHU students, faculty, and staff can access video tutorials that can help you cite sources in MLA style. When you click on a link below you will be prompted to log in. Please log in using your mySNHU credentials.

MLA Full Playlist (Hoonuit)

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

Campus Students

To access academic support, visit your Brightspace course and select “Tutoring and Mentoring” from the Academic Support pulldown menu.

Online Students

To access help with citation and more, visit Academic Support via modules in Brightspace: