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Citations: MLA Overview

What is MLA Format?

MPC Library MLA 8th Edition Handout

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used in the arts and humanities, for example, English, for citing sources in student research papers.

The purpose of citing these sources is:

  • To avoid plagiarism
  • To inform readers about the sources you used.
  • To give credit to the original creator of information you used in your research papers.

If you are asked to use MLA format, be sure to consult the MLA Handbook, 8th Edition, available at the MPC Library, reference stacks, REF LB 2369 .G53 2016  

 

General Guidelines

1. Center the title Works Citedone inch from the top of the page.
2. Double space between the title and the first entry.
3. Each entry should begin flush with the left margin.  If the entry is more than one line, indent the next line or lines one-half inch (or 5 spaces).
4. Make sure each individual citation is double spaced and that the entire works cited page is uniformly double spaced.
5. Capitalize all significant words, except articles (a, an, the), prepositions (of, to, in, against,…) and coordinating conjunctions (and, but, for, nor, or, so, yet).
6. Alphabetize the list.

Warning!

Many of the MPC databases provide MLA and APA citation formatting, but they are not always formatted correctly.  Also, other online citation makers are not always accurate. It is important to check their accuracy against a citation style guide like this guide.