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MLA Style

MLA Style is a standard format for research papers in the humanities (literature, philosophy, fine arts, history) developed by the Modern Language Association. MLA style requirements continue to evolve, particularly to accommodate newer electronic media sources. For updated information on using MLA style, we recommend you start with the following links. A variety of print MLA guides are available at most bookstores. The latest edition of the official MLA style handbook can be purchased at bookstores or from

Purdue University OWL
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab describes basic format of a paper and a works cited page. It offers explanations and examples of in-text and parenthetical citations, how to use direct and indirect quotes, and how to add or omit words within a direct quote. It describes how to cite online sources including authorless web articles, online journals, e-mails and listserv postings, databases, government publications, pamphlets, interviews and lectures, television programs and ads, and sound recordings. It also offers extensive links to additional online information.

MLA Online
Although the site does not provide actual guidelines on MLA format, the Modern Language Association (MLA) Website offers information regarding the latest edition of its style handbook, the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition, published in March 2009. The handbook, a valuable resource for students, can be purchased from the site or from many bookstores. The 7th edition, upon purchase, comes with a code that allows access to the online version of the handbook, which provides more detailed information regarding MLA format.

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