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MLA Style Guide

What is MLA Style?

The cover of the MLA Handbook Ninth Edition

The MLA Handbook is a manual created by the Modern Language Association to provide guidance for formatting papers and creating citations using "MLA Style." Having a consistent system helps writers to clearly communicate their ideas and readers to follow them. It is important to properly cite your sources because it demonstrates your own research, gives credit to your sources, and shows your reader where they can find your sources (MLA 4). MLA Style is used in a variety of humanities subjects, including English and other languages, history, religious studies, comparative literature, and others. However, even within these subjects, your instructor may prefer that you use a different writing style, so make sure to check your assignment details or with your instructor. 

The Ninth Edition of the MLA Handbook was published in 2021.

MLA Handbook. Ninth  Ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2021.

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Last Updated: Jun 13, 2024 9:14 AM