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MLA Style Guide: Home

This guide is designed to help students learn about MLA style and cite sources for their research.


The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers provides detailed guidelines for using MLA style.

The most recent edition of the handbook is available in the Reference section of the Library: LB2369.M53 2009.

The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing is a guide to writing, formatting, and publishing scholarly works using MLA style.

This manual can also be found in the Reference section of the Library: PN147.M645 2008.

About MLA Style

Modern Language Association (MLA) style is often used for citing research sources in languages and the humanities in fields such as English literature, philosophy, and art. 

The 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is the most recent and was used in the preparation of this guide:

Modern Language Association. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed.  New York: MLA, 2009.

 See also the Cambrian College Library's Guide to MLA Citation Style:

Avoiding Plagiarism

The body of your paper may be complete, but your work is not finished until you properly acknowledge the source of your ideas and inspirations.  You are required both to cite your references with the body of your work and to include, as an appendix, a complete list or bibliography of all the materials you have quoted, paraphrased and/or used as source material.

If you choose (intentionally or unintentionally) to deceive your readers by taking responsibility for words or ideas which are not your own, you may be charged with plagiarism.

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