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MLA Style

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Introducing MLA

This guide introduces students to MLA Style. It outlines basic formatting rules, provides some basic examples and links to more detailed examples, and introduces RefWorks, a cloud-based citation management system.

Edition Note

Please Note: This guide has not yet been updated to the MLA 8th Edition, released earlier in 2016. For the most up-to-date version of MLA guidelines either check the MLA Handbook, 8th Edition (in our print reference collection) or consult the Purdue OWL MLA guide, which has been updated.

What is MLA Style?

MLA Style is a standardized format for writing that has been established by the Modern Language Association. It is generally used by students and scholars working within disciplines related to language and literature, but is also used in many other humanities disciplines.

Keep in mind that MLA Style refers to:

Online MLA Style Guides

We highly recommend that you bookmark this site for quick reference while writing your paper.

The MLA Style Manuals

The MLA publishes two style manuals: one for student research papers, and another for professional researchers.

Keep in mind that the MLA style is designed to change and adapt to changing modes of publication. According to the MLA Style Manual, it is "...an open book that we can rewrite in future editions, for future generations" (xix). Assume that guidelines will change with each new edition. Use the most current edition, especially for guidance on online and web publications.