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Citing Sources

A guide providing information and suggested resources on citing sources.

MLA Style

Modern Language Association documentation guidelines are often used in the humanities fields, including English, comparative literature, literary criticism, and foreign-languages. The most recent edition is the ninth, published in 2021.

Information about using MLA style can be found in the following places:

MLA: Quick Guide

MLA (Modern Language Association)


Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Year of Publication.

Journal Articles

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal, Volume, Issue, Year, pages.


Author. "Title of Webpage." Title of Entire Site. Distributor of Website, Date Published, URL (without http://). 

In Text

(Author Page Number)

Learn More

Purdue Online Writing Lab: MLA Formatting and Style Guide (9th Edition)