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 skill 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: Because there are no significant differences between MLA 8th edition (2016) and MLA 9th edition (2021), 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.