A. Getting StartedB. General Style GuidelinesC. Style Guides and Intellectual Property
A. GeneralB. One AuthorC. Two or Three AuthorsD. More than Three AuthorsE. Anthology, Collection or Edited BookF. Work in an AnthologyG. Corporate AuthorH. No AuthorI. E-Book from a Website, Database or Digital DeviceJ. Article in a Reference BookK. Edition other than the FirstL. A Multivolume WorkM. Introduction, Foreword, Preface, or AfterwordN. TranslationO. Graphic Narrative
A. GeneralB. Basic Journal ArticleC. Journal Article from an Online PeriodicalD. Journal Article from DatabaseE. Magazine ArticleF. Magazine Article from DatabaseG. Newspaper ArticleH. Newspaper Article from DatabaseI. Newspaper Article from a Website
A. GeneralB. Basic Web PageC. Document from a Web siteD. Listserv, Discussion Group, Twitter, or Blog Posting
A. GeneralB. Video or DVDC. Sound RecordingD. Musical Composition
A. GeneralB. Work of ArtC. Online Image
A. GeneralB. Speeches, Lectures, Oral PresentationsC. E-mailD. Indirect SourcesE. ScriptureF. Government PublicationG. Legal SourcesH. InterviewI. Selected Examples from Subscription DatabasesJ. Charts and MapsK. Play
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About MLA Style

Modern Language Association (MLA) style is commonly used in Humanities courses, such as English, for citing references in student papers. 

 The purpose of documentation is to:

  • Identify (cite) other people’s ideas and information used within your essay or term paper.
  • Indicate the authors or sources of these in a Works Cited list at the end of your paper.

This guide is based on the MLA Handbook (7th ed.) that was published in 2009. 

Check out the "What's Different" box located on this page to learn more about what's different in the 7th edition.

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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - Joseph Gibaldi; Modern Language Association of America Staff
Call Number: REF LB2369 .G53 2009
Publication Date: 2009
Available at the Reference Desk

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Cite Right - Charles Lipson
Call Number: REF PN171.F56 L55 2011
Publication Date: 2011
Hultquist Library Reference Desk


Getting Started!

The following sections provide you with information and examples to help you cite the sources that you come across during your research. 

General Style Guidelines


Journal/Magazine Articles


Audiovisual Media

Works of Art

Other Sources

The corresponding MLA Handbook (7th ed.) page number is shown in parenthesis on the header of each example.  For more detailed information refer to the MLA Handbook (7th ed.) available at the Reference Desk in the Library, ask your instructor, or Ask Us.


What's Different in the 7th edition

MLA recently published a new manual of style. 

Some of the changes include:

  • Using italics instead of underlines.
  • All citations now include an indication of the medium of the source that was viewed (e.g. Print or Web)
  • Not including a URL when citing Web Resources unless specifically directed to do so by an instructor.

To learn more about these changes, you may also want to check out the "What is new" section on the official MLA Website.


Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

This guide was based on a template created by Red Deer College Library, Alberta Canada.


About Plagiarism

Give credit to all sources from which you have taken information, whether you have directly quoted, paraphrased, or summarized the author’s words.   Failing to document your sources constitutes plagiarism.

MLA style calls for briefly identifying a source at the point of reference within the text (body) of your paper.  In parentheses, include as specified only the information required to identify the source in the Works Cited list at the end of the paper.  See the Style Guides and Intellectual Property page in this guide.


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