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A curated list of resources to help with literature based research.
Last Updated: Nov 15, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

MLA Citation Help Print Page

Online MLA Guides

  • The Rothrock Library has compiled a guide that addresses the MLA citations most commonly used by students. It is presented in PDF format (requires Acrobat Reader) and in Microsoft Word.
  • Purdue OWL is an easy to use and comprehensive resource. It provides examples for each type of citation.

Print MLA Guides

MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing

Rothrock/Lower Level PN147 .G444 2008   


MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

Rothrock/Lower Level       LB2369 .G53 2009   LIBRARY USE ONLY




  • When you use facts, opinions, theories, quotations, graphs, drawings, or other work created by another person, you must cite these works.
  • A citation includes the author, title, date, and some additional information in a particular order and with specific punctuation for each type of work cited.
  • If your readers want to read something you used, citations will lead them to the works you used.


When you use the MLA (Modern Language Association) style to write a research paper, you'll create a citation for each resource you used. Compile your citations on a page at the end of your paper, and title that page "Works Cited."

Important considerations when creating a citation for your Works Cited page:

  • the components of your citation (author, title, date, etc.)
  • the order in which the components appear (last name first for the first author, title after authors, etc.)
  • abbreviations (Ed., Rpt., Ser., Trans., n.d., n.p.)
  • punctuation
  • use of abstracts, excerpts, and reprints

MLA Citation Breakdown for a Book with One Author

The following image explains the components included in a MLA citation for a book with one author.

Please note that if you were including this citation in your Works Cited page, you would indent the second line of the citation as per instructed by the MLA Guide.


Suggested Reading

The Rowman & Littlefield Guide to Writing with Sources / James P. Davis

Rothrock/Lower Level PE1478 .D37 2012   


The College Student's Research Companion / Arlene R. Quaratiello with Jane Devine

Rothrock/Lower Level Z710 .Q37 2011   


Plagiarism: A How-Not-To Guide for Students / Barry Gilmore

Rothrock/Lower Level PN167 .G46 2009   



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