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MLA Style for Writing: Home

This guide will cover MLA format for papers.


What is MLA Style?

Style guides help writers determine how to format their papers (e.g., the width of margins, font size and type, line spacing, etc.) as well as citations (i.e., documentation of sources used in research for writing).

Modern Language Association (MLA) is the writing and citation style preferred by the disciplines included in the Liberal Arts and Humanities.

The newly published, 8th edition, of the MLA Handbook, focuses on one universal set of citation guidelines, which can be applied to any type of source. In MLA, you must "cite" sources that you have paraphrased, quoted or otherwise used to write your research paper. Cite your sources in two places:

  1. In the body of your paper where you add a brief in-text citation.

  2. In the Works Cited list at the end of your paper where you give more complete information for the source. 

MLA 8th edition follows these 3 principles: 

  1. Cite simple traits shared by most works
  2. There is often more than one correct way to cite a source
  3. Make your citations useful to readers 

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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.

This guide is used/adapted with the permission of Seneca College Libraries.

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