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The MLA Handbook
This handbook will provide all formatting details for each specific types of information sources you use for your research.
MLA is short for Modern Language Association.
MLA is used to format papers and to cite sources within the Liberal Arts and Humanities. There are many other citation styles such as APA (American Pyschological Association) for Pyschology and Sciences, and the Chicago Manual of Style for Anthropology and History.
When to Cite Sources
When you are writing your research paper, any information you quote, summarize or paraphrase must be cited and documented. You must document all your sources to avoid plagarism.
General Format for Citing Souces
To properly document the sources you used for your research, you need to include:
- In-text citations - use the parenthetical citation format throughout the body of your paper when you quote or paraphrase from researched information.
- Works Cited - include a list of sources used in your paper at the very end, as a separate page.
The video below provides an overview of the basics of MLA citation:
Video courtesy of Kirkwood Community College Library