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How to Cite - MLA Style

Note: In 2009, the Modern Language Association released the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Be sure to ask your professor which version of MLA to use when citing.

Books on MLA Style

  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.
    Call Number: LB2369 .G53 2009 (Stacks, Reserve & Reference Desk)

  • A guide to MLA documentation
    Call Number: PN147 .T75 2006 (Stacks & Reference Desk)

  • A Pocket Style Manual
    Call Number: PE1408 .H26 2004 (Stacks, Reserve & Reference Desk)

Why Should I Cite Sources?
Whenever you quote or borrow ideas or language from any book, article, or website you must acknowledge this by citing. Claiming someone else's ideas as your own is plagiarism.

  • Citing
    Use citations in the text of your paper when you quote a source or refer to an idea that is not your own. Sources you cite in the text also have to be included in the bibliography.

  • Bibliography
    A bibliography (list of works cited) is an alphabetical list of sources referred to and cited in a paper. The bibliography is the last page of a paper.

There are a number of rules according to which bibliographies have to be formatted. The two most common styles for those rules were established by MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (American Psychological Association).