MLA Format is a citation format created by the Modern Language Association. It is used for research papers in many college classes, including English classes.
Your instructor will tell you if your class requires MLA format.
MLA Citation requires two types of citation, or documentation...
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Works Cited Documentation provides details about the sources used for your research project. Your Works Cited list goes at the end of your project or paper and includes information about each source that must be put in a specific order. MLA calls this information Core Elements. Here is the list of Core Elements in order, including the punctuation that must be included after each element (from page 20 of the MLA Handbook, 8th Edition):
Some sources don't require all elements these elements. Click on the link below for more details.
In-Text Documentation (also called parenthetical documentation or citation) goes in your project or essay near where you use information from your source. In-text citations are required when you do the following:
Your in-text citation consists of the first Core Element in your Works Cited citation and a page number, if the source you used has page numbers. Often the first element you use is the author of the source. Click on the link below for more details.
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Citation formats are rules and guidelines that make writing styles uniform within a specific work or publication. They cover the following:
There are many citation formats. Some of the more commonly used ones are MLA format, APA format and Chicago format.
There are several reasons why you would want to cite your sources...
Plagiarism is giving the impression that you wrote or thought something that you borrowed from someone else.
How Can You Avoid Plagiarism? Cite your sources using a citation format.
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How do you know which format to use? Your instructor will let you know which format is required for your class and assignments.