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MLA Guide  

A brief guide to MLA citation.
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is MLA?

At TCC, many courses include written reports, term papers, presentations and/or creative projects that require research. A research essay that is based on facts and opinions derived from sources outside the writer's experience (books, magazines, personal interviews, films, television, the internet, newspapers, pamphlets, etc.) must identify those sources, called citations, within the text and in a list at the end of the essay, which is called “Works Cited” (or “Work Cited” if only one source is used). These citations give authority to the writer of the essay. The library subscribes to a number of electronic databases to aid you in the research process.


Different academic disciplines use different styles of writing and documentation. MLA, the style developed by the Modern Language Association, is the primary style used in English and Humanities courses. Other classes may also require MLA, or they might require the use of APA or Turabian style. This guide is meant to be only a brief introduction to MLA style, and as such, the examples included represent only a small sample of all the various information types that could be used. For additional citation examples or information regarding MLA style, consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition (available at any library).


If you have any questions regarding…
  • your assignment, consult your Instructor.
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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.)
Call Number: REF LB2369 .G53 2009
ISBN: 9781603290241


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