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Citing Sources

An Undergraduate Library guide providing information and suggested resources for 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 eighth edition of the MLA Handbook, published in 2016, rethinks documentation for an era of digital publication. The MLA now recommends a universal set of guidelines that writers can apply to any source and gives writers in all fields—from the sciences to the humanities—the tools to intuitively document sources."

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

MLA: Quick Guide

MLA: Quick Guide (Accessible View)

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.


"Title of webpage." Title of entire site. Distributor of website. Date published. URL (without http://)

In Text

(Author, Page Number)

Works Cited

"MLA Style." Purdue OWL Online Writing. Purdue University, 2016.

Learn more at Purdue OWL