*You may need to cite a source type that is not covered by the format manual - for these instances we have developed additional guidance and MLA format examples, which stick as closely as possible to the spirit of the style.Where examples are not covered in the official handbook, this is clearly indicated.Furthermore, each parenthetical citation should be placed close to the idea or quote being cited, where a natural pause occurs – which is usually at the end of the sentence.
The MLA format is generally simpler than other referencing styles as it was developed to emphasize brevity and clarity.
The style uses a straightforward two-part documentation system for citing sources: parenthetical citations in the author-page format that are keyed to an alphabetically ordered works cited page.
Whenever you use someone else’s ideas or words in your own work, even if you have paraphrased or completely reworded the information, you must give credit where credit is due to avoid charges of plagiarism.
All of the source material that has contributed to your work must be acknowledged with an MLA in-text citation (also known as a parenthetical citation and feature in your works cited list.
The format is in its 8th edition, and was developed by the Modern Languages Association as a consistent way of documenting sources used in academic writing.