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English 199: Introduction to the Study of Literature

MLA Style

The Modern Language Association (MLA) is the largest professional organization in the United States for scholars of literature and related fields. MLA style is most commonly used to cite sources in the humanities. The latest version is 8, which came out in April 2016. Many of the library's databases include built-in citation tools that allow you to select the citation style of your choice and automatically generate a citation that you can copy and paste into your Works Cited list. Just click into the full record for any result and look for a link or button usually named "Cite." However, you'll want to proofread any automatically generated citations to check for mistakes and sometimes you may need to cite materials you found elsewhere. The following guides can help.

MLA Style Guides

Hanging Indent Formatting Tips

The first line of each citation in an MLA style Works Cited list should be left justified, but each subsequent line should be indented:

Example of an MLA formatted citation of a journal article

This is called a “hanging indent.” Some instructions on how to create a hanging indent in two of the most frequently used word processing programs on campus:

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