It doesn't matter if you are a first year student in college or a professor who has written many articles in journals, everyone uses guides to help them format their papers and citations. This page can help to get you started with MLA. For more info about formatting your paper and citations visit:
MLA style was created by the Modern Language Association of America. It is a set of rules for publications, including research papers.
There are two parts to MLA: In-text citations and the Works Cited list.
In MLA, you must "cite" sources that you have paraphrased, quoted or otherwise used to write your research paper. Cite your sources in two places:
This sample paper includes a sample assignment page with example of how to include your student information and a Works Cited list in MLA format.
It can be used as a template to set up your assignment.
Your research paper ends with a list of all the sources cited in the text of the paper. This is called a Works Cited list.
See an example in the "Sample Paper & Works Cited List" box on this page.
Here are eight quick rules for this list:
In MLA, in-text citations are inserted in the body of your research paper to briefly document the source of your information. Brief in-text citations point the reader to more complete information in the works cited list at the end of the paper.
Note: The period goes outside the brackets, at the end of your in-text citation.
|Number of Authors/Editors||In-Text Citation Example|
(Author's Last Name and Author's Last Name Page Number)
Example: (Case and Daristotle 57)
|Three or more||
(Author's Last Name et al. Page Number)
Example: (Case et al. 57)