MLA Style Guidelines

MLA stands for Modern Language Association.  MLA style is a set of guidelines for formatting and citing research in academic manuscripts.  When used properly, it establishes credibility and demonstrates a writer's accountability for usage of any source materials they may make reference to.  It also helps "protect writers from accusations of plagiarism, which is the purposeful or accidental uncredited use of source material produced by other writers".  It is most commonly used to cite sources within the language arts, cultural studies, and other humanities disciplines.  Occasional updates are made to MLA style guidelines and published in an official MLA Handbook; the MLA Handbook 9th Edition was released April of 2021. (MLA General Format)

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is the go-to place for helping you properly cite your sources, both in-text, and in your bibliographies or references section.  When writing for an assignment, make sure to check if there is a particular writing style you need to format your manuscript and citations in.  If MLA style is required, you can jump straight to Purdue OWL's MLA guidelines here: Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) - MLA Style.

(Below is an example of an MLA style citation)

“MLA General Format .” General Format - Purdue OWL® - Purdue University,





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