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Research Writing Resources: MLA Format

A catalog of tips, tricks, and hints for the practice of research and writing.


The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers provides detailed guidelines for using MLA style. The most recent edition of the MLA Handbook is kept in Reference at the J.S. Mack Library. 

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What is MLA?

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What Is MLA Style?

All fields of research agree on the need to document scholarly borrowings, but documentation conventions vary because of the different needs of scholarly disciplines. MLA style for documentation is widely used in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature. Generally simpler and more economical than other styles, MLA style features brief parenthetical citations in the text keyed to an alphabetical list of works cited that appears at the end of the work.

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