MLA (Modern Language Association) citation style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources in literature and the humanities.
See the MC Library Research Skills guide on MLA Citations or one of the other resources below for more information.
Always check with your course instructor to verify which style you should use when writing a paper.
Note: The Modern Language Association of America released the 9th edition of the MLA Handbook in 2021. Please confirm with your professor if you should use the 9th edition or 8th edition (2016) for your citations. Resources for both editions are linked below.
MC Writing, Reading, & Language Centers
Tutors at the WRL Centers can provide feedback on your writing, including questions on properly citing your sources.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): Research and Citation Resources
Includes tutorials, sample papers, and sample bibliographies for all major citation styles.
MC Academic Integrity Resources
The final step in the research cycle is to cite your sources. This step shows your reader that you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information.
Citing sources provides credibility to your ideas and places them in an academic context. It is also an important part of academic integrity. Giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas avoids plagiarism.