MLA Citation Style

The Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style is used in the humanities.

MLA uses parenthetical in-text citations which refer the reader to a reference list of works cited at the end of a research paper. Both in-text citations and a reference list are required for proper MLA citations.

For more information, click on the links in this guide or consult a PDF version of our MLA Citation Style tip sheet.

Both resources are guides—not authoritative manuals—based on the print MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers and MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing [access is provided by Hathi Trust]. If you do not know how to cite a particular item or you are citing an item not found in this guide, consult the handbook or manual at the Research Help Desk.

Content last reviewed: September 8, 2020