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MLA citation style is a set of rules created by the Modern Language Association that establishes standards of written communication (college research papers; articles, books and other documents submitted for publication) including:
MLA citation style is often used in the following classes/fields:
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- Whats New in the Eighth EditionModern Language Association
- MLA 8th Edition: Citation Examples
- MLA 8th Edition: The Core Elements & Works Cited Page
- MLA 8th Edition: Format a Paper & In-Text Citations
- Sample first year paper in expository writingThe MLA Style Center
- Second year paper in African American StudiesThe MLA Style Center
- Anatomy of Citations: MLARaynor Memorial Libraries, Marquette University (Adobe Flash Required to play game)
- MLA (8th Edition) Citation Format TutorialCarroll Community College, Westminster, MD
- MLA 8th Edition Citation Style: Drag & Drop GameGrammer-Quizzes.com
- MLA 8th Edition Research Paper BasicsHoonuit. To access this tutorial, you will need to first login to My Reynolds. You can also access any Hoonuit tutorial by clicking on the Hoonuit option from the My Reynolds main menu.
- Ask the MLA (FAQs)The MLA Style Center
- MLA 8th Edition Handbook GuideEasyBib
- MLA Formatting & Style GuideOWL Purdue Online Writing Lab
- MLA StyleOnline Writing Lab at Excelsior College
- The MLA Style CenterWriting resources from the Modern Language Association
- Works Cited: A Quick GuideThe MLA Style Center
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Always check with your instructor on what format specifications to use for a particular class or assignment, especially when citing electronic resources including material found in library databases.
This guide was adapted from the MLA Style 8th Edition pages in the Citation Styles Playbook created by Piedmont Virginia Community College Library.
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What kind of number do I put in the parenthetical citation for a poem—a page number, a line number, or another part number?
The ultimate goal is to be concise and to cite what is most useful to the reader. For quotations from a poem in a print or online source, there are three common possibilities:
- If the poem is short (no longer than a page or its online equivalent), do not cite any number in the text. The page number or Web location that appears in the poem’s works-cited-list entry will be specific enough to identify a borrowing from such a short text.
- If the poem is longer than a page (or its online equivalent) and is published with explicit numbers marking lines or other parts (e.g., stanzas, cantos, books), cite the line numbers and other part numbers but not page numbers. If lines alone are numbered, use the form “line 57” or “lines 119–20” in the first citation, and cite the line numbers alone, without the label line or lines, in the later citations. If other parts are numbered as well as lines, combine the numbers without a label. For instance, if books and lines are numbered, “9.19” means book 9, line 19.
- If the poem is longer than a page and is not published with explicit numbers marking lines or other parts, cite page numbers (as you would for a work in prose) if the poem is in print. If no page numbers are present (as is often the case online), none can be cited.
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