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MLA 8: MLA Home


Welcome to the MLA resource page. MLA is a style of writing and formatting that is created and updated by the Modern Language Association, and is most commonly used in the humanities, such as in English and General Studies Writing courses.

Within this guide, you'll find sample reference citations for a Works Cited page as well as links to sample citations in-text. Use these pages as an introduction to basic MLA citation style; further examples are found in the MLA Handbook and at the MLA Style Center.

Want to learn more? Choose one of the links below (or tabs above) to learn about how to cite a specific type of resource.

Citing a book

Citing a newspaper article

Citing a journal or magazine article

Citing a website

Additional MLA Resources

Need to cite a different type of source than that basics that are covered here? The following links go to other trusted sites on MLA.

Writing Assistance

BGSU's Learning Commons helps writers improve their work. Contact the Learning Commons for an appointment, or visit its web site to learn what resources the center offers.

MLA Edition

Examples in this guide are based on:

MLA Handbook Eighth Edition Cover  

MLA Handbook, 8th ed.

MLA, 2016.



Many citation sites that help students create bibliographies have not updated their information to include the recent changes to MLA style. If you're familiar with the 7th Edition, and would like a quick overview of the 8th edition, see What's New in the Eighth Edition from the MLA Style Center.

Credits and Comments

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MLA citation guide at Bowling Green State University Libraries is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.