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MLA Style Citations

Basic guide to create citations using MLA style.

In-Text Citations Format

MLA in-text citations, sometimes called parenthetical references, include the author’s last name and the page number. They might appear in the body of your paper every time you quote or paraphrase a source.

There are two ways of incorporating a citation:

  • parenthetical citation- you put both elements inside the parentheses, usually at the end of the clause or sentence.
  • narrative citation -the author’s name is incorporated into the structure of your sentence, with only the page number in parentheses.

This video discusses the essential guides for formatting your in-text citations.

Works-Cited Format

The Works Cited-List – is an alphabetical list at the end of your paper that includes a full citation for each source you used in your paper's body to support your research. This video shows how to create an MLA Works Cited page .

Citations examples

The guide includes color-coded full-citation sample handouts for the following sources:

  • Books & eBooks
  • Databases
  • Websites
  • Videos & Images
  • Personal Communications