NOTE: The RIT Citation Guides are out of date. If you need to use the latest edition for a style, refer to the most current edition of the style manual. MLA provide examples of their most frequently used citation formats for free on their site. Free access may change without notice. Check the library catalog to see which manuals are available in print. MLA's manual is titled MLA Handbook.

MLA is the official citation style for the Modern Language Association. MLA is designed for the humanities, but can be used for any subject area. MLA citation style formatting has changed over the years and is currently in its eighth edition.

Here are some important characteristics of MLA to keep in mind as you get started:

  • References contain four main parts: Author, Title of the work, Publication information, and Date
  • The author’s last name comes first; Use a first name and middle name if written as such
  • Use quotation marks to denote works that are part of larger works such as articles, chapters of books, or essays
  • In-text citations include the author’s last name and a page reference
  • The Works Cited list is organized alphabetically by author

To view all MLA citations click here