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MLA Research Guide

The WNC librarians have compiled this MLA Citation Style Research Guide which provides examples on citing Internet, database, and print sources as well as a sample "Works Cited" page.

Two of the most popular guides on how to use the MLA citation style are Research and Documentation Online: MLA Style and MLA Formatting and Style Guide. Other useful web sites can be found at the bottom of this page.

Shelf Location (Library of Congress Classification)

All universities and community college libraries in Nevada use the Library of Congress Classification System to organize their books. Books are arranged A-Z, with each letter corresponding to a subject. To find books on this topic, go to the following areas:

Classification Topic
LB2369 Education & Report Writing
PE1408 English Language & Report Writing


Books on Writing Research Papers Using the MLA Citation Style

Ballenger, Bruce. The Curious Researcher.  New York: Pearson-Longman, 2009. 

       Print. (LB2369 .B246)

Coyle, William and Joe Law. Research Papers. New York: Pearson-Longman, 2009. 

       Print. (LB2369 .C65)

Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: Modern

       Language Association of America, 2009. Print.  (LB2369 .M53)

Hacker, Diana. The Bedford Handbook. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2010. Print. 

       (PE1408 .H277)

Hacker, Diana. A Writer’s Reference. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2010. Print.

      (PE1408 .H2778)

Lester, James D., Sr. and James D. Lester, Jr. Writing Research Papers. New York:

       Pearson-Longman, 2010. Print. (LB2369 .L4)

Lunsford, Andrea A. The Everyday Writer. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009. Print.

       (PE1408 .L86)

Reid, Stephen. Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers. Upper Saddle River:

       Prentice Hall, 2011. Print.   (PE1408 .R424)

Useful Web Sites on the MLA Citation Style

Most Popular

Research and Documentation Online: MLA Style.  You can find examples of MLA in-text citations, information on how to format a paper, and instructions on compiling a works cited list on this site.  This page, from Diana Hacker, also has a sample research paper written in the MLA style. Hacker also provides a sample of an annotated bibliography.

MLA Formatting and Style Guide.  MLA citation style guidelines from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University.

MLA Style Citation Guide. This brief guide from the Seattle Central Community College Library is an excellent overview of the basics of the MLA citation style.

General Information

MLA Citing Sources Video Tutorials - A series of short videos on citing sources from the Suffolk County Community College Library

MLA Citation Examples. This site, from the University of Maryland, provides clear and concise guidelines for citing sources in the MLA style.

Citation Fox: MLA. An excellent overview of the MLA citation style from the University of Albany (SUNY) Library. 

Citing Sources: MLA Style. This site, from the Lansing Community College Library, gives examples of using the MLA citation style to compile a works cited page and write in-text citations.

MLA Formatting Style Guide.  A very useful guide to MLA style from Lynn University Library.

MLA Style Aid. A brief tutorial on using the MLA citation style from the Cooperative Library Instruction Project.

MLA Tutorial. This self-paced tutorial from Hunter College provides information on formatting your paper, using quotations, in-text citations, and compiling a list of works cited. It also includes exercises on using the MLA style and links to additional resources.

Documention Guidelines for Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism. A comprehensive resource from Duke University Libraries for citing sources using APA, Chicago, MLA, Turabian, and CSE citation styles. This site also includes information on avoiding plagiarism.

Citation Generators 

Note: Citation generators are not always 100% accurate. Remember to check your citation against other MLA citation style resources listed on this page for the correct formatting and punctuation guidelines.

BibMe. A free citation generator that will compose citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago citation styles.

Citation Machine.  This free citation generator will help you compile a citation list in APA, Chicago, Turabian, or MLA styles.

EasyBib. This subscription service allows you to use the MLA style citation generator free of charge. (The APA and Chicago style citation composers are not free.)

KnightCite. A free site from the Hekman Library at Calvin College generates MLA, APA, or Chicago style citations.

NoodleTools Express. This is a free citation generator from NoodleTools. It will help you compose citations in the APA, Chicago, and MLA styles. This is an excellent site for those students who are new to composing citations for a References page.

For a list of other citation generators see the Guide to Free Citation Generators.


Many of the WNC faculty check their students’ papers for plagiarism using a software program called “turnitin.”  To find out more information about plagiarism, go to the Plagiarism Research Guide.


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