WHAT IS MLA?MLA (Modern Language Association) style formatting isoften used in various Humanities disciplines.
YOUR INSTRUCTOR KNOW BESTThe number 1 rule for any formatting style: Always Follow your instructor’s guidelines
Citing a directquotation attributingthe author in thetext: Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was markedWhen you want tocite a direct quotation by a “spontaneous overflow ofattributing the authorin the text: powerful feelings” (263).1. Copy the quote word for word using the exact same punctuation, Works Cited Entry spelling, etc. Place quotations marks at the beginning and Wordsworth, William. Lyrical end of the quote.2. Attribute only the Ballads. London: Oxford U.P., page number after the text. 1967. Print.
Citing a direct quotation: Romantic poetry is characterized by the “spontaneous overflow ofWhen you want tocite a direct powerful feelings” (Wordsworth,quotation: 263).1. Copy the quote word for word using the exact same punctuation, spelling, etc. Works Cited Entry Place quotations marks at the beginning and end of the quote. Wordsworth, William. Lyrical2. Attribute the author and the Ballads. London: Oxford U.P., page number after the text. 1967. Print.
Citing a source thatyou summarize or Emotion plays an importantparaphrase: role in the creative process of Romantic poetry1. Summarize or paraphrase the (Wordsworth, 263). information using your own words. Do not just change a Wordsworth extensively few words.2. Attribute the explored the role of emotion author and the in the creative process (263). page number after the text. OR Attribute the author in the text and include Works Cited Entry the page number after the text. Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. London: Oxford U.P., 1967. Print.
Citing a sourcelisted by title: We see so many global warming hotspots in North America likely becauseWhen a source is this region has “more readilylisted by title in accessible climatic data and morethe works cited comprehensive programs to monitor andlist, use the full study environmental change . . .”title (if brief) or a (“Impact of Global Warming” 6).shortenedversion of the titlein theparentheticaldocumentation. Works Cited EntryWhenabbreviating thetitle, begin with “The Impact of Global Warming in North America.”the word(s) bywhich it is Global Warming: Early Signs. 1999. Web. 23 Mar.alphabetized. 2009.
Citing a Web site Sample Works Cited EntriesA nonperiodical publicationon the Web usually containsmost of the following, in “de Kooning, Willem.” Encyclopaedia Britannicasequence: Online. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2008. Web.1. Name of the author, compiler, director, or 27 August 2012. editor Title of the work2. (italicized if the work is Green, Joshua. “The Rove Presidency.” The independent; in roman type and quotations Atlantic.com. Atlantic Monthly Group, Sept. marks if the work is part of a larger work 2007. Web. 27 August 2012.3. Title of the overall Web site (italicized) “Hourly News Summary.” National Public Radio.4. Version or edition5. Publisher or sponsor; if Natl. Public Radio, 20 July 2007. Web. 20 27 not available, use N.p.6. Date of publication; if August 2012. nothing is available, use n.d.7. Medium of publication (Web)8. Date of access (day, month, and year)