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English 1B & 2

Citing MLA Style

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the arts and humanities. Below are examples of in-text citations and citations on your Works Cited page:

  • An In-Text Citation cites the author within the text of your paper at the point when you refer to that author's work. 

Example of in-text citation:

… the author missed important behaviors in the character (O’Sullivan 26).


  • The Works Cited Page is located at the end of your paper and lists all of the sources you cited in your paper.

Example of Works Cited page citations:

Pryor, Alton. Classic Tales in California History. Stagecoach, 2000.

Huang, Alexander. “Shakespeare, Performance, and Autobiographical

Interventions.” Shakespeare Bulletin, vol. 24, no. 2, 2006, pp. 31-47.

Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/shb.2006.0027. Accessed 27 May 2009.


Watch the short video below or use the resources at the left for more examples on how to cite using MLA.