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MLA Citations

What is MLA Style?

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.


MLA Citation requires two types of citation, or documentation...

  • Works Cited Documentation
  • In-Text Documentation

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Works Cited Documentation is required for every source cited in the paper with in-text documentation. Click on the link below for more details.


In-Text Documentation (also called parenthetical documentation or citation) is required for each borrowed item. Click on the link for more details.



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Citation Formats

Citation formats are rules and guidelines that make writing styles uniform within a specific work or publication. They cover the following:

  • Layout of the paper (margins, spaces between lines, font size, etc.)
  • In-Text documentation of sources (parenthetical citation)
  • Source documentation at end of paper (Works Cited in MLA, References in APA)

There are many citation formats. Some of the more commonly used ones are MLA formatAPA format and Chicago format.

There are several reasons why you would want to cite your sources...

  • Lend authority and credibility to your work
  • Allow readers (including your instructor!) to cross‐reference sources easily
  • Provide consistent format
  • Acknowledge academic debts and avoid plagiarism

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