MLA Citation Style

ReadingRoomNEWS FLASH! There is a NEW EDITON of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, which we will be using, starting this fall at the seminary.  This seventh edition can be purchased at the Modern Language Association’s website:

There have been some noticeable changes in the citation style, so we advise that you buy this edition.  One new feature is that, with the purchase of the 7th edition, you get a code for accessing the accompanying website, which provides a lot of supplemental material.


NOTE: many resources you may have been using in the past to help you format your citations may not have been updated yet.  So proceed with care, and compare the information you have, with the new handbook.

We will be revising our handouts to help you adjust to the revisions in citation style.


Listed below are a few academic websites with MLA information, only ONE of which has been partially updated:


PURDUE UNIVERSITY:  MLA Formatting and Style Guide
This site has lots of good material on it on research and writing.  They have partially updated their MLA section.


LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY: MLA Citation Guide:  This site has lots of material on it for citing your research. In particular they provide a nice color coded break down of the parts of a citation.


CORNELL UNIVERSITY: MLA Citation Style: This site has plenty of helpful examples on it for citing your research.



More Resources To Help You Build Your Works Cited List:


Both these sites will format citations for you when the source is straightforward.  (For complicated or tricky citations, always consult your trusted librarian!)  Both these sites seem to have incorporated the new features of MLA 7th edition:


Free website that will format citations if you fill in a template.  They also offer a slightly more elaborate paid service for very
reasonable prices.


This site also formats for you, but maybe not as well as easybib. However, it will show you the parenthetical citation for free. 
(easybib makes you pay for that.)





A  free cloud base tool, which allows you to collect, organize, cite and share your research resources. It works best with the Firefox browser.


An online software package that you can pay for annually – many nice features, including formatting of your Works Cited.


You can buy software that does an excellent job of formatting works cited, etc.  It is expensive ($300?) This is a prominent brand.

Hint: if you invest in this software, you will be able to export information from certain websites right into your software in order to produce citations.  Example: has that feature. Once you are looking at a record for a particular book, you can click on “export,” and the information will be fed into your RefWorks or Endnote program.


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