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Citing Sources: MLA Citation Style

What is MLA?

MLA style was created by the Modern Language Association of America. It is a set of rules for publications, including research papers.

There are two parts to MLA: In-text citations and the Works Cited list.

In MLA, you must "cite" sources that you have paraphrased, quoted or otherwise used to write your research paper. Cite your sources in two places:

  1. In the body of your paper where you add a brief in-text citation.

        2. In the Works Cited list at the end of your paper where you give more complete information for the source.

This citation guide is based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th ed.). The contents are accurate to the best of our knowledge. 


Sections of this guide and examples have been used/adapted with the permission of Seneca College Libraries. For information, please contact Seneca college library. Note: When copying this guide, please retain this box.

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*Please remember to always defer to your instructor’s preferences regarding formatting or citation requirements.

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