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MLA Style Guide

Leilani Hall

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Leilani Hall
Sacramento State
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Research is complete when the results have been shared with others.

Traditionally researchers have used scholarly journals to distribute and archive their publications. In the humanities, the most often used standard for formatting papers has been MLA style. This guide gives examples of how to format the most common resources in your Works Cited list.

New for 2016: MLA Handbook, 8th edition

Keeping the reader in mind, this new edition allows the writer to provide citation information in a way that suits the intended audience. Citations can be general or specific, as long as there is enough information for the reader to understand the elements and locate the original material.

Cite those works that you borrow from, ideas you mention, paraphrase or quote, not those you consult.

Borrow a copy from 1North User Services LB2369 .G53 2016.

Links to other MLA guides