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Citation Styles

Online Sources for MLA Style

These online sources are helpful in resolving citation style questions, however, they are not the official MLA Style guides but rather an interruption of the citation style and may be prone to inaccuracies. Always consult the official style manuals first for the most accurate information.

MLA Citation Style Tutorial 
ASU Library

Citation Builder
UNC Libraries, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Citation Fox
University Libraries,University at Albany, SUNY.


Documenting Sources: MLA Style
Easy Writer Resources, Lunsford Handbook series


Humanities: Documenting Sources
Research and Documentation Online, 5th ed., by Diana Hacker and Barbara Fister.


MLA Formatting and Style Guide
OWL - the Purdue (University) Online Writing Lab.


MLA Style Center

Limited help on how to format papers and create a works cited page


Who Should Use MLA Citation Style?

The Modern Language Association Style or MLA Style is generally used by disciplines in the humanities

Disciplines Using MLA Style Include But Are Not Limited to:

  • English
  • Literature
  • Art
  • Philosophy
  • Religion

How to Use This Guide

This guide is divided into several sections.  The main MLA page provides an overview of this citation style, who should use it and identifies print and online sources. The  additional sections discuss the basic guidelines and changes for using MLA style, 7th ed. in the reference list; using in-text citations, and lastly, provides examples of how different resources are formatted in MLA.

MLA Style Manuals

Citation styles change over time; the advent of the Internet and the increasing number at material types (e.g. web pages, e-journals etc.) have contributed to some of these changes. When using a specific citation style be sure to use a resource (e.g. style manual or website) that reflects the current edition.

Print copies of the most current edition are available in the following ASU Library locations:

Design Reserve Downtown Reserve 
Hayden Reserve   Music Stacks
Polytechnic Reserve Noble Reserve
West (Fletcher) Reserve [2 copies]  

This manual "is the association's guide for graduate students, scholars, and professional writers. It offers complete guidance on writing and documenting scholarly texts, submitting them for peer review, and preparing them for publication. There is also a chapter that "addresses the special requirements for submitting theses and dissertations".

Print copies of the most current edition are available in the following ASU Library locations:

Downtown Reserve Hayden Stacks
Law Reference Polytechnic Reference
Thunderbird Reference Thunderbird Stacks
West (Fletcher) Reference  


To locate additional unofficial guides on MLA Style not published by the MLA search the ASU Library's Catalog using a keyword search 'MLA Style'. Be careful to select a title discussing the most current edition of MLA Style.