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MLA Citation Style

MLA citation style refers to the rules and conventions established by the Modern Language Association for acknowledging sources used in a research paper. There are two parts to citing sources. First citations are placed in the text directly after the information being quoted or paraphrased. Second, there is a Works Cited list [often still called a bibliography, though a bibliography is technically a list of books]. The works cited list comes at the end of the paper. Together these references identify and credit the sources used in the paper and allow others to access and retrieve this material.

Below are some examples of the more commonly used types of citations in text and works cited lists. Please check the MLA style guide for complete information including more examples as well as margin and spacing requirements, standard punctuation and grammar tools.