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This is a guide to citing sources for research papers in MLA Style


This guide gives the basic format of Modern Language Association (MLA) Style for citing sources in a Works Cited page. For a complete overview of MLA Style, consult the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers listed below.  Although the MLA does not provide a free online version, it has some information at Frequently Asked Questions About MLA Style.

MLA Handbook (8th Edition)

In April 2016 the MLA released the 8th edition of its style handbook. This edition has some significant changes in the formatting of citations, and omits the medium of publication (i.e., "Print" or "Web").  

This guide will be updated in the summer of 2016, but will also keep MLA 7 format as the changes for at least the fall semester of 2016.  For an overview of the changes, see the MLA's What's New in the Eighth Edition and an overview of the changes on the Purdue OWL MLA site.