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MLA (Modern Language Association) is a quote style that is usually for papers within the liberal art and the humanities.
Quote sources in the text
Using the MLA quote style, refer to the work of other authors in your research paper should be done with a parenthesis quote. When referring to other works, the source must be in parentheses after the quotation or paraphrase.
Victor Hugo stated that what people say about themselves has an influence on their lives and their destinies (1).
Victor Hugo stated that what people say about them "has as much influence on their lives, and especially on their fate, as they do" (1).
Victor Hugo, in his work Les Miserables, mentioned the relationship between thoughts and fate (1).
Works Cited page
In your research paper, you must have a Works Cited page at the end. All sources included in this page must match the specified works that you mentioned in your text.
General work rules Cited page:
It should start on a new page.
Add a space after each entry.
The content of the post should be a hanging line.
Enter the entries in alphabetical order with the author's last name.
Use italics for titles on longer works such as books and magazines.
Use quotation marks for shorter works such as articles, poems, stories.
Use page numbers when needed (especially when quoting a journal).
Include the media for publishing: Print, Web Source, Film, CD-ROM, DVD
It is not necessary to include URLs, but if publishers need it, you can include URLs at angles after your input.
Activate each word for titles of works.
Do not capitalize on prepositions / conjunctions unless they are the first word of the title / subtitle.
Examples of quotes
The basic format of the quote is:
Last name first name. The book's title. Place of publication: Publisher, Publication year. Medium of Publication.
LaRocque, Paula. The book about writing: The ultimate guide to writing well. Oregon: Marion Street Press, 2003. Print.
If no author is available:
The book about writing: The ultimate guide to writing well. Oregon: Marion Street Press, 2003. Print.
You can simply change the medium for publishing to Online, Kindle, etc.
LaRocque, Paula. The book about writing: The ultimate guide to writing well. Oregon: Marion Street Press, 2003. Online.
The first named name must be written in the last name, first name format but the next name must be in the first name's last name.
Ingermanson, Randy and Peter Economy. Writing fiction for everyone. New York: for everyone, 2009. Print.
Three or more authors:
For books with three or more authors, you can only list the first author followed by "et al."
Ingermanson, Randy, et al. Writing fiction for everyone. New York: for everyone, 2009. Print.
More Volume Work:
When quoting only one volume, include the volume number after the title. If there is a translator, add the number after it.
Albertini, Luigi. Origin of war 1914. Trans. Isabella Massey. Vol. 1. New York: Enigma Books, 2005. Print.
When quoting more than one volume, include the total number of volumes.
Albertini, Luigi. Origin of war 1914. Trans. Isabella Massey. 3 vol. New York: Enigma Books, 2005. Print.
If each volume has its own title, the book quotes as if each volume is an independent publication.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone. London: Scholastic Paperbacks, 1999. Print.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. London: Scholastic Paperbacks, 2009. Print.
Chapter in a book:
If it is different from the author or editor of the complete work, see the full work of the word "By".
Chilson, Peter. Limit. The Best American Travel Writing 2008. Edited by Anthony Bourdain. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008. 44-51. Print.
The basic format:
Author (s). "Title of the article." Title for magazine volume. Edition (Year): page (s). Publication medium.
Dolby, Nadine. "Research into youth culture and politics: Current conditions and future guidelines." Social work and society: The international 6.2. (3008): 44-49. Print.
Moon, Michael and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. "Queers in (Single-Family) Space." Assembly 24. (1994): 44-49. Print.
Three or more authors:
You just have to list the first author followed by "et al."
Moon, Michael, et al. "Queers in (Single-Family) Space." Assembly 24. (1994): 44-49. Print.
Pianin, Eric. "Use of arsenic in wood products in the end". Washington Post. February 13, 2009: A11. Print.
If it's a local publication, be sure to include the city's name and name in parentheses after the newspaper.
Pianin, Eric. "Use of arsenic in wood products in the end". Washington Post. February 13, 2002. Web. May 4, 2009.
Basic format (Print):
Author (s). "Title of the article." Name of the period (if applicable) Month Year: page (s). Publication medium.
Goldberger, Paul. "Machines for living: The architectural allure of the car." Architectural Digest October 1996: 82. Print.
Use n.p. if there is no publisher name and n.d. if no publishing date is available.
Wyman, Bill. "Tony Soprano's female problems." Salon.com. May 19, 2001. Web. May 26, 2001.
Make sure you include access dates because websites are frequently updated. Information available today may no longer be available later.
Including a URL is optional but if a web address is required by your publisher or editor, include the full address of the site.
Use n.p. if no publisher name is available and n.d. if no publication date is given.
Webmaster / Author (if available). Name of the site. Version number. Name of company / establishment / institution / organization that is linked to the website (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Publication medium. Date of access.
Financial Accounting Standards Board. Version 1.0. Financial Accounting Foundation. Dec 30, 2009. Web. April 27, 2009.
"Board activities". Financial Accounting Standards Board. Financial Accounting Foundation. n.d. Web. April 27, 2009.