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Citation Guides and Styles

Information for APA, MLA, and other citation styles with tools and tips for managing citations.

MLA Style Guide

MLA format is most commonly used in the humanities. But always check with your instructor to determine which style you should be using.

MLA Quick Links

Purdue OWL

Offers examples of MLA style formatting and proper citation for this style.

MLA Style Page

The official MLA style page, offering an online style template.

Style Guides at the Reference Desk

MLA Style

 MLA style follows a basic format when citing works. It is important however to check your work as different sources have specific requirements.


The basic formula for citing a book is: Last Name, First Name. Title of Work. Publisher, Publication Date.

Example: Clemens, Colleen, and Rebecca Beardsall. Western Pennsylvania Reflections: Stories from the Alleghenies to Lake Erie. History Press, 2011.

Journal Article

The basic formula for citing a journal article is: Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Work, Volume, Issue, Year, pages.

Example: Winch, Julie. "Colonization and Its Discontents: Emancipation, Emigration, and Antislavery in Antebellum Pennsylvania." Journal of American History, vol. 99, no. 3, 2012, pp. 905.

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