The proper citation of sources is how researchers acknowledge the work of earlier scholars. Citation allows you to avoid plagiarism by giving credit when you use the original ideas of others. Ideally, citation allows us to track down the research of others by providing information about the original source so it can be easily found. Citations typically include things like article or book titles, journal titles, authors, dates, and publication information.
Papers constructed according to MLA guidelines should adhere to the following elements:
Adapted from: Excelsior Online Writing Lab
MLA formatting can seem a little confusing at first, and it can be helpful to view a sample MLA paper when you are new to this documentation style. The following short videocasts are designed to give you an overview of the basic requirements for page set up, in-text citations, and works cited in MLA format.
This first video will demonstrate the requirements for the MLA heading, headers, and page set up.
In this third and final video on MLA format, you’ll see a sample Works Cited page with some tips on creating a works cited list of your own.
Videos courtesy of Excelsior Online Writing Lab