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English & Global Literature: MLA Citation Style

Library resources, collections, services and research tips for English and Global Literature.

Purdue University's OWL

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University provides easy to read and understand guide for MLA Citation Style, 8th ed.

MLA Style Center

Writing resources from the Modern Language Association.

Style Guide

MLA Style for In-Text 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 citations 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).


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


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


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