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MLA Citation Style

New Version: MLA 8th edition

A brand new version of MLA was released this summer.

MLA 8th edition is a re-imaging of citation style where the format of your source is not the focus.  Until now, MLA citation has always begun by considering what kind of source is being cited.

Please check with your instructor about what version of MLA style to use in your assignments.

Introduction to MLA 7th edition

The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers provides detailed guidelines for using MLA style. This style is common in the humanities (including English).

Copies of the MLA Handbook are kept at the Mount Library on Reserve, at the Reference Desk and in the Reference shelves: REF LB2369 G53 2009


Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009. Print.


MLA Handbook 7th edition

Additional MLA Resources

Additional information on MLA style may be found at these websites:

Need More Help?

For additional assistance with citation styles, consult your professor or reference staff at the Mount Library. 

You can reach the Library by email: or by phoning 457-6250.  Please note: library staff will help you as much as possible but they may also refer you back to your professor.

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