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Welcome to the MLA resource page. MLA is a style of writing and formatting that is created and updated by the Modern Language Association, and is most commonly used in the humanities, such as in English and General Studies Writing courses.

Within this guide, you'll find sample reference citations for a Works Cited page as well as links to sample citations in text. Use these pages as an introduction to basic MLA citation style; further examples are found in the MLA Style Guide and MLA Handbook. Want to learn more?

Choose one of the tabs above to learn about how to cite a specific type of resource.


Additional MLA Resources

Need to cite a different type of source than that basics that are covered here? The following links go to other trusted sites on MLA.

  • UNC - Citing Information
     Clear tutorial on why citation is important and examples of how to cite are clearly given along with examples of parenthetical citing.  Created by the University of North Carolina Writing Center.
  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab [OWL]
    A fantastic resource for college writers. Shows how the first page of a paper written in MLA should look, and gives examples of in-text and Works Cited citations.
  • Hunter College  
    Hunter College's MLA tutorial gives clear examples of MLA citation.
  • What is MLA style?
    The Modern Language Association explains what MLA style is.
  • Citation Fox
    Citation Fox does not create citations, but gives excellent and specific examples--great for examples beyond the basics in this guide.

MLA Edition

Examples in this guide are based on:

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: MLA, 2009. Print.

Many citation sites that help students create bibliographies have not updated their information to include the recent changes to MLA style. Check with your instructors to see which version of MLA style you should use for your classes. For further MLA guidance, see the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. 3rd ed.

Writing Assistance

Gaston College Writing Center helps writers improve their work. Contact the Writing Center for an appointment, or visit its web site to learn what resources the center offers.

The MLA handout below can be downloaded or printed out and taken with you for fast reference.

MLA Handout

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