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MLA Citation Guide

Updated for the 2021 9th edition.

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Create a Citation

Write an entry for your references page. 

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Write an In-Text Citation

Learn how to format an in-text citation.

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Set up your paper according to MLA guidelines.

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Why Citation Is Important

A citation style is a uniform and reliable method of guiding readers to the sources of information referenced in a piece of writing. You need to cite your sources whenever you borrow phrases, ideas, arguments, images, etc. from someone. When we use citation, we give credit to the original ideas that influenced, inspired, or guided our own original work.

Citations help your reader. Within the body of your paper, you will use in-text citations to reference the original source. This basically plants a flag your reader can follow to find the full information about your source. The reader finds this information at the end of your paper in a list of reference. In MLA Style, this list is called the works cited. The works cited list goes on a separate page at the end of the paper.

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