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Cite It Right: MLA Citation Formats: MLA Citation Formats

MLA Citation Format

The Works Cited section of an MLA essay or research paper lists all the works that you mentioned in your text. Online sources are cited slightly differently from paper sources. If you use an online book or article, be sure to use the correct citation format.

View our online guides for MLA Citation.

For quick reference to cite print and electronic sources: MLA Formatting and Style Guide by Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL).

If you need help learning how (and why) to cite: MLA Overview and Workshop by Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL).

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MLA Citations - an Introduction

Discussion Questions:

1.  Why do you have to cite sources?    

2.  Give some examples of when you have to cite.

3.  Why are there different citation styles?

Why Cite Sources?