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MLA8 Guide: Introduction

A guide to citation following the MLA8 format

THE CORE ELEMENTS

MLA Referencing Style

MLA (short for the Modern Language Association) is the default formatting style for referencing at our school.  

MLA requires in-text citations, NOT footnotes.  (Note that footnotes may be used in MLA if you are providing extra or explanatory information, not citations.)

For more information about MLA, visit their website.

Guides to MLA

One of the best guides to the MLA style of referencing is the Purdue University OWL site.


Another great university site for examples of MLA style is Utica

MLA is Different!

The 8th edition of the MLA Handbook substantially changes how citations are formed
All citations now follow one basic "core element" standard. 

Modern Language Association Style Handbook: 8th edition

The new edition of the MLA Handbook provides a "universal set of guidelines" (see left column) for citing sources for ALL types. The major elements of ALL citations are below:

CORE 1: Author
CORE 2:
 Title of Source
CORE 3:
 Title of Container
CORE 4:
 Other Contributors 
CORE 5:
 Version 
CORE 6:
 Number
CORE 7:
 Publisher 
CORE 8:
 Publication Date
CORE 9:
 Location

MLA Examples

Journal article example

MLA Journal article example

Video example

MLA Video example

Newspaper example

MLA Newspaper example

Image example

MLA Image example

IB Image example

MLA IB Image example

Book example

MLA8 Book example

Website example

MLA8 Website example