MLA recently published a new manual of style.
The information on this guide reflects the criteria of the old MLA 7th edition. To find information on how to cite using the new 8th edition, you can contact a librarian or see the following guide from the OWL at Purdue.
Check with your instructor to see if they prefer you to cite using MLA 7th or 8th edition.
To learn more about these changes, you may also want to check out the "What is new" section on the official MLA Website.
Modern Language Association (MLA) style is commonly used in Humanities courses, such as English, for citing references in student papers.
The purpose of documentation is to:
This guide is based on the MLA Handbook (7th ed.), published in 2009.
Here are three different ways you can present information you have found in your research to consciously avoid plagiarizing.
1. Direct quote
When you use or copy the exact words or section of words from an author, you can surround that direct quote by quotation marks. Include the correct citation acknowledging the original author in your sentence.
Write a summary using your own words of the ideas or the text you want to use. Be original without using the words of the original work and be sure you cite that statement.
Paraphrasing is similar to a summary. It just means taking what you have read and rewriting it in your own words. You must cite that paraphrase.
Some instructors may have additional or specialized requirements for your citations.
For example, while the current MLA format does not require you to include the full URL in your citation, some instructors prefer that you do.
Always be aware of class requirements- check with your instructor if you're not sure!