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Citing and Writing Guide - MLA, APA, CSE, Chicago/Turabian, ACS: MLA Style

Information on writing and grammar, copyright, and citation styles.

What Is MLA?

MLA Style was created by the Modern Language Association, and it is often used for writing in the humanities, especially for literature and languages. To view the library's copy of the manual, find it in the reference section:

Helpful MLA Guides

Parenthetical Citations -- A Brief Description

For citing in-text quotations, the basic format is the author's last name and page number within parentheses, for example: Beethoven was considered "unnaturally gifted" in this matter (Sipe 65).

If you reference the author's name within your sentence, you only need to put the page number within parentheses, for example: Sipe argues that theoretical arguments must be "balanced by a historical perspective" (24).

Aside from citing parenthetically, you should also include a Works Cited page at the end of your paper.