MLA referencing is a citation method that was developed by the Modern Language Association (MLA). Since MLA is an association for language scholars, the referencing method is commonly used in the humanities and liberal arts.
Citing a Source in MLA
In MLA, a source is cited when:
1. Directly quoting the text from a source
2. Using data from a source
3. Writing an author’s ideas in your own words
However, it is unnecessary to provide a source when writing something that is generally a well-known fact.
Generally, the citation format in MLA requires inserting the author’s surname and page number in brackets after the relevant text. In case the source does not have an author, the title is used instead.
Passages are cited as follows:
· Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263).
· Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263).
· Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).
All cited sourced should be listed in alphabetical order (by author surname) on a ‘Works Cited’ page. The works cited page should begin on a new page.
On the works cited page, different types of sources are cited as follows
Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.
Henley, Patricia. The Hummingbird House. MacMurray, 1999.
An Article in a Scholarly Journal
Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal, Volume, Issue, Year, pages.
Bagchi, Alaknanda. "Conflicting Nationalisms: The Voice of the Subaltern in Mahasweta
Devi's Bashai Tudu." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, vol. 15, no. 1, 1996, pp. 41-
Article in a Newspaper
Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical, Day Month Year, pages.
Brubaker, Bill. "New Health Center Targets County's Uninsured Patients." Washington Post,
24 May, 2007, p. LZ01.
Wheelis, Mark. "Investigating Disease Outbreaks Under a Protocol to the Biological and Toxin
Weapons Convention." Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 6, no. 6, 2000, pp. 595-600,
wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/6/6/00-0607_article. Accessed 8 Feb. 2009.