How Can You Find an Example of the MLA Format for References?


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Examples of MLA format references are available on MLA style guide pages of the Purdue OWL and Cornell University Library websites. Examples are also available in Modern Language Association's official guide books "The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers" and "The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing."

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MLA citation style lays down rules for identifying and crediting sources of information in research papers in a uniform and consistent manner. Based on the kind of resource to be cited, the rules to be followed and details to be provided vary.

MLA uses a two-part parenthetical documentation system to cite sources of information. A simple citation with the author/source's name along with year is used in-text in the paper beside the information used. This briefly identifies the source. "(Gibaldi, 2008)" is an example of in-text citation under MLA.

The in-text reference points the reader to the more detailed citation of the source at the end of the paper in the Works Cited section. This enables the reader to more accurately identify the resource and makes it easy to access or retrieve it. An example of this is, "Gibaldi, J. (2008). MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing. New York: Modern Language Association of America."

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