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A simple introduction to citing sources following the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.

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MLA Edition

Examples in this quick guide follow the rules in:

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association, 2009. Print.

Please note: other editions of the MLA Handbook may format some citations differently.  Confirm your instructor's expectations before completing your research paper.


Works cited in a paper are provided brief Parenthetical References at the point in the paper where the reference is made and complete citations in the Works Cited section of the paper.  Each source mentioned in the text must be cited in the Works Cited list and each source in the Works Cited list must be referred to in the text. 

Parenthetical Reference

A brief citation within the text of the paper.

Example: (Gilcrist 409)

Works Cited List Entry

A complete citation of the source in an alphabetized list at the end of the document.


Gilcrist, Akiesha R. "Undocumented Immigrants: Lack Of Equal Protection And Its Impact On Public Health." Journal Of Legal Medicine 34.4 (2013): 403-412. Academic Search Complete. Web. 12 Feb. 2014.


Thanks to the creators of the following LibGuides, which served as useful resources in the development of this guide.

  • Amy Fyn, Bowling Green State University Libraries
  • Jessica Long, Miami University Libraries MLA Citation Style Guide
  • Lorain County Community College