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MLA Style: Home

This guide includes all the links and resources you need to cite your sources and write your papers in MLA style.

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Core Elements of an MLA Citation

An illustration of the parts of an MLA citation in the correct format.

Additional Images of MLA Style

Here are two parts to referencing: the citations within the text of your paper and the works cited list at the end of your paper.

The aim of the MLA style is to be brief and to provide only as much detail as is necessary to identify the work cited and the location of the information in that work. The flow of the text should not be interrupted.

Use only the surname of the author(s) followed by the page, chapter or section numbers if you need to be specific:

No distinction is made between books, journal articles, internet documents or other formats except for electronic documents that do not provide page numbers. In this case use the paragraph number, if available, with the abbreviation par.

The full details of the source are given in a works cited list at the end of the document.

References in the Works Cited list contain all of the information that someone needs to locate your source and are arranged alphabetically by author:



Source: Murdoch University Library


Additional MLA Resources

MLA Guide 8th Edition

 This video provides a very detailed overview on how to cite in MLA. It is a longer narration, but a useful video created by Professor Kyle Stedman.


These websites and resources are meant to help you. However, it is important to check with your professor for specific instructions and guidelines required for your assignments and papers.