Learn how to cite sources in MLA (Modern Language Association) Style.
MLA style uses in-text citations within the paper and a Works Cited list at the end of the paper. Each in-text citation corresponds with a Works Cited citation. The Works Cited citation provides the information the reader would need to locate that source in a library or database.
In-text citations include the author’s last name (or authors’ last names) and the page number:
If the version of the source you read doesn’t have page numbers, just leave that part out:
Works Cited citations include the rest of the publication information, including information about the “container” (the book, journal, website, series, database, etc. that “contains” the work):
For more information and examples of citations for various source types, see the MLA section of your writing handbook or the resources in this folder: MLA Citation.
Important note: Regardless of whether you are quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing, all uses of source material must be cited.