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MLA Citation Style Guide

MLA Citation

This guide will provide examples and tips for citing in the MLA citation style one of the most commonly used citation styles.  Citing sources gives proper credit to the thoughts and ideas that have shaped the arguments you use in your paper.  Failure to properly cite your sources may result in a failing grade in your work.  The MLA citation style is used in many academic disciplines including English and Modern Languages, history, philosophy, music, fine arts and other areas of the humanities.  


The following programs can help you generate your citation lists.  We recommend using the library's refworks database for citation assistance.  No matter which program you use, always check your work before you add it to your paper.

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