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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.

Works Cited Page--Citation Examples

Books

Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City. Crown Publishers, 2003.

Book Chapters

Addison, Paul. "Living it Up." Now the War is Over: A Social History of Britain 1945-51, British Broadcasting Corporation, 1985, 113-139.

Movies

Wonder Woman. Directed by Patty Jenkins, performances by Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. 2017.

OR

Jenkins, Patty, director. Wonder Woman. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., 2017.

Articles

Brinkman, Britney G. and Allison Jedinak. "Exploration of a Feminist Icon: Wonder Woman's Influence on U.S. Media." Sex Roles, vol. 70, no. 9-10, May 2014, pp. 434-435. PsycINFO, doi: 10.1007/s11199-014-0364-x.

Websites

Larson, Erik. "The Devil in the White City." Erik Larson Books. eriklarsonbooks.com/the-books/the-devil-in-the-white-city/. Accessed on May 24, 2018.

Here is an example of how the citations would look on an actual Reference/Works Cited page. Remember that citations exceeding one line of text require a hanging indent, and the page should be double spaced. 

 

Works Cited

 

Addison, Paul. "Living it Up." Now the War is Over: A Social History of Britain 1945-51, British Broadcasting Corporation, 1985, 113-139.

Brinkman, Britney G. and Allison Jedinak. "Exploration of a Feminist Icon: Wonder Woman's Influence on U.S. Media." Sex Roles, vol. 70, no. 9-10, May 2014, pp. 434-435. PsycINFO, doi: 10.1007/s11199-014-0364-x.

Jenkins, Patty, director. Wonder Woman. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., 2017.

Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City. Crown Publishers, 2003.‚Äč

Larson, Erik. "The Devil in the White City." Erik Larson Books. eriklarsonbooks.com/the-books/the-devil-in-the-white-city/. Accessed on May 24, 2018.