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MLA Citation Examples: General Rules

MLA citation examples

Based on the MLA Handbook, 8th Edition, 2016

MLA Document Formatting
Videos on how to format your paper in MLA style using Microsoft Word, including how to do hanging indents for your works cited list.

Need More Help? 
For further guidance on MLA citations, please visit The MLA Style Center. You can also ask a librarian for help with citation-related questions. 

MLA 9th Edition Update

The Modern Language Association (MLA) updated its style manual in April 2021. The 9th edition focuses on clarification, guidance, and expansion on MLA 8, an edition that featured extensive changes. The Works Cited formats developed in MLA 8 remains the same in MLA 9, but with more guidance and focus particularly with emerging sources, digital and otherwise. In MLA 9, there is more guidance on the core elements system to create a Works Cited, more details into in-text citations, a new chapter on inclusive language, and a reintroduction of MLA guidance on writing and grammar which was absent in MLA 8.

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