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Citation Guide: MLA

A guide for navigating various citation styles in order to create citations for resources cited in research papers.

How to Cite Using MLA Style

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MLA Style Overview

MLA Style uses an author-page citation system. Using this style, a brief parenthetical "in-text" citation (Chandra 375) in the body of the work directs the reader to a full citation in the Works Cited list. This ensures that the work is identifiable and retrievable by other researchers, students, and professors.  


In-Text Citations

In-text citations serve to strengthen and support academic writing by acknowledging and crediting other scholars' work. In-text citations are used to strengthen academic writing by providing important background information, supporting claims, or providing important data. Use in-text citations when referring to, summarizing, or quoting another source. 


Works Cited

The Works Cited list serves to gather and organize all of the supporting work used in a piece of scholarly writing. It provides information about how to find a source that will enable other students, professors, and researchers to locate and reuse scholarly work.


Use the MLA citation quick guides on the left, or view the full MLA Handbook below

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