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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.

What is MLA Format?

MPC Library MLA 9th 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, 9th Edition, available at the MPC Library, reference stacks, REF LB 2369 .M52 2021.

                         MLA Handbook 9th edition book cover