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MLA 7th ed. Style Guide: Home

Selected guide from the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition.

MLA Quick Guide

The MLA Quick Guide opens in Adobe Acrobat and provides an easy to print handout that includes citation examples for lists of works cited as well as in-text citations.

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Click on the tabs at the top of the page to see examples of MLA citations for a variety of formats. The citations are based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition. For complete guidelines and information, please refer to the book; there are several copies at the ZSR reference desk.


Here are a few guidelines to get you started:

  • All MLA citations should be double spaced.
  • The first line should be flush with the left margin. All other lines should be indented.
  • Use the form of the author's name used on the title page, not an abbreviation.
  • Capitalize every important word in the title.
  • Italicize titles of books and names of journals; put article titles in quotation marks. 
  • If the item you are citing has a subtitle, put a colon between the main title and the subtitle. Subtitles must be included in the citation; if you are citing a book, use the title information provided on the title page of the book, not the spine or cover.
  • If the place of publication lists several cities, use the first city given; do not include the state, province, or country after the city name.
  • Publishers' names should be shortened by following the guidelines provided. See MLA Handbook 7.5.
  • Include the medium of publication consulted such as Print, Web, Television, Radio, Interview, etc.

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