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A Short Guide to MLA Format Citations
How to Create MLA Format Citations
How to write a full MLA citation
The pieces of information you include depend on your source. For example, an MLA citation for a book might look like this:
And a website citation in MLA might look like this:
How to write an in-text MLA citation
To learn more about how to cite MLA for specific sources, check out the links in the section below.
MLA Format Citations vs. Other Formats
Unlike APA, it’s not always clear when you should use Chicago versus MLA. Chicago is typically the go-to style guide for history, business, and fine arts papers, but Chicago or MLA may be used for other humanities subjects, like literature and theater. Generally, MLA is the preferred style guide for humanities work at the undergraduate level, whereas Chicago is more common at the graduate level.
Though APA and Chicago share similarities with MLA, they have a slightly different approach to things like author names, dates, and title capitalization. This can be a bit confusing, but don’t worry! The free citation generator at the top of this page is here to save the day. Use it to quickly and accurately create citations in MLA, Chicago, or APA format.