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Cite It Right!: MLA Citations

Citation information to be used with the Cite It Right - Got Research? workshops

What is an MLA Citation?

MLA is a style guide for citations from the Modern Language Association (MLA). 

Citation style guides show you what information to include in each citation and how to organize your list of citations.

MLA citation style is primarily used for research papers in English classes although some instructors in other subject areas also use MLA.

Books about MLA Citations

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Examples of MLA Citations and Sample Works Cited Page - 8th Edition

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MLA Style Center - Online Guide to the MLA 8th Edition

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Long URLs in your citation? Advice from MLA Style Center

URLs: Some Practical Advice

"...when URLs are so long that they become unreadable, truncating them will be necessary...As a general guideline, a URL running more than three full lines is likely to interfere with the readability of the entry."

Guidelines on Truncating

The MLA Handbook advises writers to truncate a URL in one specific way (by omitting the protocol and //). If you need to shorten it further, retain the host, which will allow readers to evaluate the site and search for the source.

URLs are composed of a few basic components:

  • the protocol (basically anything before //)
  • the double forward slash
  • the host (which encompasses the domain–like World Wide Web, or www)
  • the path

URL diagram

For example: the shortened version of the following URL:

would be


Gibson, Angela. "URLs:some practical advice." MLA Style Center, 2 Nov 2016, Accessed 30 Nov. 2017.

Citation Basics

The Citation. Selleck, Caity. EasyBib, 2014. Vimeo. Web. 15 Jan. 2015.

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