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English 102: MLA Citation Guide

Quick & Accurate MLA References

There are many websites online that offer quick tips for the MLA style. These websites can vary in their descriptions for parenthetical in-text citations as well as how to reference works on your final paper. 

The official MLA Handbook and library guides or handouts should be consulted for consistency.


In the library

We have three MLA Handbooks available for you to review here at Kirk Library.


Overview of the MLA Style

**If you Google "MLA style" or "MLA" or "MLA citation" the official website of the MLA style will NOT show in your first ten search results**

What Is MLA Style?

All fields of research agree on the need to document scholarly borrowings, but documentation conventions vary because of the different needs of scholarly disciplines. MLA style for documentation is widely used in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature. Generally simpler and more concise than other styles, MLA style features brief parenthetical citations in the text keyed to an alphabetical list of works cited that appears at the end of the work.

Source: MLA Style Official About Page 

There is a Frequently Asked Questions Page available to address common concerns associated with MLA Style:

Frequently Asked Questions