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MLA Style

The Modern Language Association (MLA) Handbook (9th ed.)

Published by the Modern Language Association, this handbook is the most authoritative resources for organizing your paper and citing sources, using MLA style.  The newest copy is available at the Bierce Library's Services Desk in print and as an eBook:

What's in This Guide?

This guide provides basic information about MLA style and examples of citations for the most common types of resources. It is by no means comprehensive.
IMPORTANT: Note that information on this guide is based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th ed.

Please refer to the new edition, the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 9th ed, for the most authoritative information.

 MLA Basics: Sample paper; citation elements

 Citing Books: Citation format; examples for books

 Citing Articles: Citation format; examples for articles

 Citing Web Pages: Citation format; examples for web pages

 In-Text Citations: Examples of proper in-text citations

 Quoting Sources: Examples of proper quotations

 Annotated Bibliography: What it is, and how to create one


Much of this guide is based on or copied with permission from the MLA LibGuide at Lorain County Community College.