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Modern Language Association Style - Introduction
This section of the Online Citation Guide deals with citing information
in the Modern Language Association (MLA) Style. MLA style
is the most common citation style; it is used in English and many
The MLA citation style has two parts: in-text
citation and a Works Cited list.
The in-text citation includes signal phrases and parenthetical citation.
It connects the information in the text with a source listed on
the Works Cited list.
Works Cited list is included as a separate page at the end of the
document. The title "Works Cited" (in plain text,
not italicized, underlined, in quotes, or otherwise enhanced) is
placed at the top of the page and is centered. A blank space
is given, followed by each of the list entries.
Each list entry has a hanging indent style (i.e. the first line
is flush with the left margin, but all subsequent lines are indented).
Entries are listed in alphabetical order by the last name of the
author, editor, or other individual who is listed first. For
that reason, this name is reversed, and all other names are in normal
order. If there is an entry that begins with a title, the
entry is alphabetized by its title (ignoring a, an, or the).
This site includes the following pages:
The MLA's Home Page
doesn't provide a complete style manual, but it does have a style
FAQ for recent publishing issues.
For more Internet resources on MLA citation, return
to the Online Citation Guide home