MLA Citation Style Tutorial
When to Cite
Do you need a quick review? Here is a cheat sheet to go through.
- Direct quotes, summaries and paraphrases of sources, and information that is not "common knowledge" need to be cited.
- A complete citation has two parts: the in-text citation and the end-of-text citation.
- In-text citations are also called parenthetical citation, and they are in the body of the paper.
- End-of-text citations are also called the works-cited list, reference list, or bibliography.
- The works-cited list is arranged in alphabetical order according to author, and it is at the end of the paper.
- It is necessary to write down all of the pertinent information for your sources: author, title, journal source, database, publication date, etc.
- The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is kept at the reference desk.
- Abbreviate all months except May, June, and July.
- Do not include the volume or issue number in magazine citations.
- Do not include the publication month in journal citations.
April 29th, 2004