Created by the Modern Language Association, MLA is most often used by the Humanities, which includes languages, literature, philosophy, visual & performing arts.
Use Word to Format Your Paper:
This brief video will show you how to use Word 2010 to format your paper.
Examples of Papers:
Citation Examples and Templates:
Use the links below to see examples of source citations and to use printable templates to help you cite your sources.Don't forget that when in doubt verify the accuracy of any citation example by using the MLA Handbook.
Example of Works Cited List:
An annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources you have used in the preparation of your research paper. Depending on your project or the assignment, in your annotations you may summarize, reflect on, or assess your sources. Your teacher should instruct you on the function of your annotations.
To learn more about annotated bibliographies click on the link below from Purdue OWL:
Example of an Annotated Bibliography: (Click the paper to see the full bibliography)
You create in-text or parenthetical citations within the body of your paper wherever you've integrated information from your outside research sources. Your in-text citations should point directly to the complete source information in your Works Cited list.
Examples of In-text Citations:
Direct Quote Example:
The quote below appears exactly as it does in Joanna Santa Barbara's article on child-rearing in the Encyclopedia of Violence Peace and Conflict.
"Adjusted data from seven U.S. surveys between 1968 and 1994 show a decline in approval of discliplinary spanking from 94% to 68%, or 26 percentage points in 26 years" (Santa Barbara 243).
This sentence takes the information above and puts it into the author’s own words.
Studies show that Americans are becoming more critical of the concept of spanking children. Between 1968 and 1994 the so-called “approval rating” of spanking children dropped from 94% to 68% (Santa Barbara 243).
The sentence below distills the main idea of the original information.
Studies have shown that Americans just don't approve of spanking like they used to (Santa Barbara 243).