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Citing Sources: MLA Style

A guide to citing sources designed and created by Clark Librarians

MLA Handout - 9th edition

MLA Quick Guide

When Should I Cite?

Any time your work contains or refers to someone else's ideas, words, images, media, or sounds you need to include a citation.

1. In-text citations should be inserted at the point of use in your assignment and indicate that the information you just presented came from a source other than your own brain or common knowledge.

2. A Works Cited or References section should be included at the end of your assignment.

3. In Works Cited / References, list all the works you referred to with in-text citations in the body of your assignment.

4. There are many citation styles, each with it's own precise formatting. The most popular at Clark are MLA and APA.

Cite Sources - MLA - Books

MLA Style - 9th edition

Guides from Clark College Libraries and other sources:

MLA Survival Tips - 9th edition

The essential things you need to know ... MLA survival style!

  • The pieces of Information you'll need for
    • books
    • articles in an edited book
    • articles in magazines or journals
    • short works on websites
  • In-text citations
  • Frequently asked questions - FAQs
  • Where to get help with citations

MLA Style Center Blog

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