MLA style was created by the Modern Language Association of America. It is a set of formatting and documentation rules for publications and student papers in the Humanities.
MLA formatting rules tell us how different elements of a research paper should appear on the page. MLA documentation rules tell us how to credit the sources we use in our work using a combination of in-text citations and a Works Cited list.
In MLA, you must "cite" sources that you have paraphrased, quoted, or otherwise used to write your research paper. Cite a source in two places:
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This citation guide is based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th ed.). The contents are accurate to the best of our knowledge.