Citing for you: MLA formatting

I want to start this post with an invitation. If you have questions about source/citation formatting in MLA style, please send me your question and I will do what I can to help you answer it!

Which format style to use

One of the biggest challenges I have come across in graduate school is gaining a more firm understanding about formatting styles and how they are best used. For my course work concentrations, MLA formatting style works best. It gets easier and easier the more I use it, but I do think that having someone give you a very basic idea of the best way to cite your source work in MLA is extremely helpful. I will also give you some sources [print & electronic] that I have used and find easy to navigate and use.

So when should you use MLA style? According to, MLA formatting works best when “citing borrowed scholarly documentation and is widely used in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature.”

Needless to say, MLA is/can be used in a very broad spectrum of scholarly work. These two sources have been the best that I have found to provide a more firm understanding of MLA formatting: 1. MLA Style Manual [3rd Ed] and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, this can be found here.  This book was published in 2008 and provides a plethora of information that is super beneficial when you are documenting and writing scholarly work. 2. Owl Purdue Online Writing Lab: MLA Formatting and Style Guide, this website is great because it is easily accessible, as long as you have an internet connection, and very easy to navigate. Plus, it is FREE!! Gotta love that.

Here basic example of how to cite a source from a book in print:

Author’s last name, Author’s first name. Title of book. City of Publication: Publisher, year of publication. Medium of Publication.

Here is one of my examples:

Baum, Frank L. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Chicago: Geo.M.Hill Co., 1900. Print

It is rather difficult to show here, but the citation should be double spaced and the second line should sit at a hanging indention.

Pretty easy right?

Remember, practice makes perfect, but if you have questions, just ask. I will do what I can to help. My next post will be over APA formatting style.


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