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Citation Styles

Guide to creating citations correctly and avoiding plagiarism.

MLA Style

The Modern Language Association of America or MLA publishes one of the major style guides for academic writing. The eighth edition of the MLA handbook was published in 2016. MLA style is typically used in language arts and philosophy courses. Proper citation in MLA style involves two key elements

  • In-text citations
  • A works cited page (also called a reference list)

Resources from the MLA

A quick guide to MLA style from its editors featuring resources on citation. The style center also includes guidelines on formatting a research paper, sample papers in MLA style, a chapter on plagiarism and academic dishonesty republished from the handbook, regularly updated tips on writing, and a FAQ page.

Note: The MLA Style Center does not contain the full text of the MLA handbook

Resources from the Purdue OWL

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is the premiere online guide to citation. Here you will find everything you need to write and cite in MLA style.

Resource on Citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers


Citation for this video in MLA style: