What is MLA referencing?
MLA citation is a style of referencing developed by the Modern Languages Association. It is widely used in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature. MLA specifies guidelines for formatting academic works and use of the English language in writing.
If you need to deliver your work in the MLA style then be sure to consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Reseach papers (7th edition) and The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd edition).
How to MLA reference
MLA referencing uses a simple two-part bracketed documentation system for citing sources; in-text citations and an alphabetical Works Cited list, which you’ll find at the end of the paper.
The MLA style uses name and page details for general in-text citations, or line numbers for extracts of scripts or poetry. Titles such as books and periodicals are italicised rather than underlined.
There are different formats for referencing each source type in the reference list – for example a book should be referenced differently to an academic journal or website. All entries, whether print or electronic, must include the medium in which they were published.
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MLA referencing example
Cottrell, Stella. The Study Skills Handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Print.