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English and Literature Courses--How to find literary criticism: Citing Sources in MLA style

How to find essays about authors and their literary works from authoritative sources.

MLA Basics

Modern Language Association (MLA) style is used for academic writing in LSC-O courses such as English Composition and Literature, Languages, Philosophy, Speech, Drama, Art, Music and History. The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition, is the reference book for this writing style. We have a copy available at the Library help desk on 2nd floor and also at the Learning Center. Please feel free to ask for help at either location when questions develop.

English students should also have a copy of the text Writing Matters, A Handbook for Writing and Research by Rebecca Moore Howard. We keep two copies on reserve in the Library. Ask for text books at the main check-out desk.

There are several good Web sites that cover MLA style. One of the best is Purdue University's Online Writing Lab or OWL. Their MLA section is a good source for MLA help.

We have created a 4-page guide in PDF format to print and use as a quick reference to MLA citations. It gives basic rules as well as examples for the most common types of citations along with corresponding examples for in-text citing. It also includes a checklist for formatting a research paper on the last page. Click the link below to open the guide.

Voice markers-a tutorial

Students often struggle incorporating their research quotes and paraphrases into their papers. This tutorial should help. 

Just ASK!

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