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MLA CITATION EXAMPLES
The Modern Language Association (MLA) Style is widely used for identifying research sources. It identifies each source you consulted in preparing your paper, the specific information you used, and where in the source that the information was found. The following examples are based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. (Ref LB2369 .G53 2009) The numbers in [ ] refer to the appropriate chapters in the handbook.
[6.2, 6.3, 6.4] In MLA style you briefly credit sources with parenthetical citations in the text of your paper. Generally, a parenthetical citation includes the author's last name and the page number(s) of the information used: (Smith 127)
There is a significant amount of dating violence among teens in Hawaii (Gordon D1).
Or, place the author's name within the sentence
Limbaugh concluded that most large concentrations of reef fish are cleaning stations (110).
Then, provide the complete description of each source in your Works Cited list. The Works Cited list, or Bibliography, is a list of the sources cited or consulted in preparing your research paper, arranged alphabetically by author's last name, or when there is no author, by the first word of the title (except A, An, The).
Gordon, Mike. "Teen Dating Violence." Honolulu Advertiser 14 Apr. 2009, home final ed.: D1+. Print.
Limbaugh, Conrad. "Cleaning Symbiosis." Life in the Sea. Comp. Andrew Todd Newberry. San Francisco: Freeman, 1982. 104-11. Print.
• When there are authors with the same last name, differentiate between them by adding their first initials:
(K. Lee 291) (H. Lee 106)
• For two or three authors, give both last names; for more than three authors, either give the first author's last name followed by et al., or give all of the last names. To ensure that order of the names in the parenthetical...