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How to Cite Resources  

This guide will help you with MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian, style citations.
Last Updated: Oct 8, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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MLA Handbook

MLA Handbook

The MLA Handbook (7th Edition) is available in the Library,  in Ready Reference.

Online Citation Tools

Online citation generators create citations for you when you fill out a form that asks for information about the resources that you are citing.  Be sure to check your citations before putting them in your papers. 

  • provides an MLA citation generator for free. Enter data for the books, journals, and websites you are citing and will format your citations for you. Exports to Word easily.
  • Son of Citation Machine
    Fill out a quick form and citation machine will create a citation that you can easily copy and paste into your paper. Includes MLA, APA, and Chicago / Turabian styles.
  • DocsCite
    Generates MLA and APA citations for print, online, cd-rom, and microfiche government documents.
  • Zotero
    "Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself."

Who Uses MLA Style?

MLA (Modern Language Association) Style is most often used by students (and scholars) in the Humanities, but is especially used in English Language and Literature courses.  If you aren't sure which citation style to use, be sure to ask your Professor which style they prefer for assignments in their class. 


Printable MLA Guides

Print these one-page guides from other college libraries for a quick reference to MLA style.

Recommended Websites for Citing Help

  • MLA
    The official website for the MLA style manual, this site provides examples of citations and answers frequently asked questions about citing sources in MLA style.
  • Research and Documentation Online
    Provides examples of APA, MLA, Chicago, and CBE style, as well as a complete sample research paper written in each style for reference.
  • The Owl at Purdue: MLA Formatting and Style
    This resource offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
  • MHSL Research Guide
    From UAB Sterne Library

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Fun MLA Style Practice!

  • Citation Game
    Learn MLA and APA style by playing a fun game! This game allows you to slide pieces of citations around on the screen until you figure out the correct order.
  • MLA Master Blaster Game
    This game helps you practice reading and interpreting citations. Quickly identify parts and types of citations to win!

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