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MLA Style: MLA 8th Edition Home


The MLA Handbook, 7th edition, has being superseded by the 8th edition, which was published in April, 2016.  During this transition, it is very important that you know which edition of the MLA Handbook your instructor is using for your class assignments.  If your instructor is NOT using the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook, go to the subject guide for the 7th edition.

About This Guide

This Modern Language  Association (MLA) formatting style guide is designed to help you create MLA citation style in-text citations and a works cited list for your research paper.  Use the tabs above to locate MLA books at WNC Library, websites, video tutorials, and citation generators.

If you need additional help writing your paper using the MLA style, please consult your instructor or contact the library for additional help.  Remember, if your instructor gives you different guidelines than are presented in the websites listed on this page, ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR INSTRUCTOR'S GUIDELINES.

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MLA Handbook

The MLA Handbook, 8th edition, is the best source of information for writing a paper in the MLA style.   Copies are available for check out  at the WNC Library.


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.

Favorite MLA Style Websites

MLA Formatting and Style Guide. MLA citation style guidelines from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University. Sample research paper.

MLA Style Center: Writing Resources from the Modern Language Association.  The Modern Language Association has created this site to help students learn about writing, and citing sources, using the MLA style. Sample research papers.

MLA Citation Guide, 8th edition. This brief guide from the Clark College Library is an excellent overview of the basics of the MLA citation style.

MLA Style Guide.  This site from the Valencia College Library provides examples of MLA in-text citations, references, and how to format a paper.

Research Guide for MLA Citations (8th Edition).  A thorough guide to MLA citation style, including video tutorials, from the Santa Fe College Library in Gainesville, Florida. 

EasyBib.  The EasyBib citation generator provides students with examples of how to cite sources using the MLA style.  EasyBib also provides a free citation generator for the MLA citation style.

URLs: Some Practical Advice.  Recommendations from the MLA Style Center on using URLs for your citations from online sources.  The MLA Style Center also has advice on when to include the Access Date for an online source in your citation.


Additional MLA Citation Style Websites

The web sites listed below provide examples of citing books, articles, websites, other research sources, and how to compose in-text citations in the MLA citation style.

Frequently Asked Questions about MLA Style. A list of the most frequently asked questions on using the MLA style, produced by the Modern Language Association.

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

MLA 8th Edition Citation Guide. This site, from the UNR Library, provides examples of using the MLA citation style to compile a works cite page and create in-text citations.

MLA 8th Edition Style Guide.   An excellent overview of the MLA citation style, including a sample paper, from the Hamline University Library.  

Citing Sources. APA, ASA, Chicago, and MLA citations style guides from the Coates Library at Trinity University.  (MLA style citations handout.)