How to Cite Using MLA Style
Don't forget that you must cite your sources both in-text and at the end of your paper in a Works Cited/Reference Page/Bibliography.
1. Citations within Your Paper
MLA Style uses brief citations within the text of a paper immediately after a quote, a reference to a source, or a paraphrase. The brief citation gives the author and page number of the source you are referring to, allowing readers to locate the full citation in your Works Cited list.
|Pythagoras invented the monochord (Smith 182).|
|Smith believed that Pythagoras invented the monochord (182).|
In both examples, the complete information about the work by Smith would appear in the Works Cited list after Smith's name. If you cite more than one work published by Smith, you would distinguish the works by including a shortened version of the title: e.g. (Smith, Survey 182).
- More basics on in-text citations via Purdue OWL
2. Works Cited List/Bibliography
The alphabetical list of works cited that appears at the end of your paper contains more information about all of the sources you've cited allowing readers to refer to them, as needed. The main characteristics are:
- The list of Works Cited must be on a new page at the end of your text
- Entries are arranged alphabetically by the author's last name or by the title if there is no author
- Titles are italicized (not underlined) and all important words should be capitalized
- Entries are double-spaced (for the purposes of this page, single-spacing is used)
- Each entry must include the publication medium. Examples include: Print, Web, DVD, and Television.
- Look for more information on both In-Text Citations and Works Cited in the subpages of MLA tab.
- More basics on creating a Works Cited page via Purdue OWL