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MLA Basics

MLA style is commonly used in Composition classes, Literature, and other Humanities courses. 

In 2016, MLA published the 8th Edition handbook, which is significantly different from the 7th Edition that had previously been used.  When using a citation guide or automatic citation generator like EasyBib, make sure you have selected the correct MLA edition.

Resources for MLA 8th Edition

For a complete style guide with examples of how to cite many different sources, try:

The MLA Style Center: Writing Resources from the Modern Language Association

EasyBib Citation Guide: MLA Format

Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide

For specific types of sources, we recommend:

How to cite a website 

How to cite an article from a database 

Also see our page on finding formatted citations in library databases

How to cite a YouTube Video 

Scroll to "A YouTube video" at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/

How to cite an essay from They Say, I Say (or any other anthology/collection of readings) 

Scroll to "Anthology or Collection" at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/06/

Before You Use EasyBib...

EasyBib is a free, online tool for generating citations. Only MLA style citations are available on the free version. EasyBib is, as it's name suggests, easy to use, but the video below will give you some tips for finding the citations pieces you need to ensure that you get accurate, correct citations out of EasyBib.

 

 

Using EasyBib for website sources only? View the first part of the video above.

Using EasyBib for book or textbook sources? View the video at https://youtu.be/i9fs5fVuRSk?t=2m14s 

Using EasyBib for articles from library databases? View the video at https://youtu.be/i9fs5fVuRSk?t=5m56s

Go to EasyBib now.

Formatting Your Paper

This video demonstrates how to format your essay in MLA Style (8th Edition)

 

This video demonstrates how to format a hanging indent for your Works Cited page in MS Word.