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Citations & Plagiarism: MLA

This guide can help you learn how to properly format your bibliographies and papers in AMA, APA, Chicago and MLA citation styles, and avoid plagiarism.

Zotero

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use web browser extension to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources.

EasyBib

EasyBib free citation assistance for MLA. Recommended by instructors and students. 

EndNote

Stony Brook University has a site license for EndNote, a bibliographic tool which enables users to quickly organize references while automatically building bibliographic documentation.

Citation Styles Help

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University provides easy to read and understand guides for different citation styles.

MLA Style for Internal Citations

In order to correctly cite your resources you will need to have at least two citations for each resource.

Works Cited Page - Lists all the resources referenced in your paper and provides all information needed for a reader to find the resource (author, date published, article title, journal title, volume, page numbers, etc.)

In-text Citations - Information within the body of the text that indicates the source of the information. This is abbreviated citation information, usually author last name and page number, that the reader can use to find the resource on the Works Cited page. In-text citations are used not only when you are quoting an author but always when you are paraphrasing.

Information on how to format in-text citations in MLA style.

Examples of in-text citation from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab:

Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263).

Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263).
 
Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).

New MLA Style Guide

Tip!

Remember, many online resources now provide citations formatted for your Works Cited or References page. Look for them when using databases and online encyclopedias.

Don't forget to include in-text citations too.

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