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MLA Style Guide: 8th Edition  

This guide reflects the changes to MLA citation style as directed by the MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition.
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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MLA Works Cited Core Elements

The core elements of any entry in the Works Cited list are shown in the chart below. The core elements are in the order in which they should appear, followed by the appropriate punctuation.

If a core element cannot be found or does not apply to the source being cited, omit that element from the entry. End the entry with a period.

Each core element is explained in detail with examples on its own page under the Works Cited Entries Core Elements dropdown menu.

MLA Core Elements with Punctuation

Image credit: Modern Language Association. MLA core elements. 2016,


MLA Style Citation

MLA Citation is the standard citation style at OLP.  The information on this guide is directed by the MLA Handbook, 8th edition, 2016. The Modern Language Association of America (MLA) publishes the manual. You may hear your teachers refer to it as the "MLA Manual" or the "MLA Handbook".

Two types of citations are included in most research papers: citations within the text of the document (in-text) and a list of reference citations (Works Cited) at the end of the paper.

In-Text Citations:

In-text citations appear in the body of your paper. They identify your use of an idea or quotation from one of your sources. The MLA Handbook uses the author-page citation system for in-text citations. 

Works Cited:

Information about the sources you use in your work are included as a separate list at the end of the paper.

Any source that you use in an in-text citation must correspond to a source in your Works Cited page.


About This Guide

Always ask your teacher for specific directions regarding your assignment.

Some of the citations in this guide are taken from the MLA Handbook; others are recommendations from the OLP Library staff.


MLA Hnadbook, 8th edition

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MLA Handbook - The Modern Language Association of America
Call Number: REF 808.027 MLA
ISBN: 9781603292627
Publication Date: 2016-04-01


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