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MLA Citation Guide

This guide will help you as you format MLA citations for your papers or projects.

More Help with MLA Formatting & Citations


Created by: Brittany Richardson & Sandra Williford with the assistance of the KLIC Reference and Instruction Team

Kolwyck Library and Information Commons
Chattanooga State Community College

MLA Overview

What is a Citation?

A citation points to the sources of information used in a project or paper.

What is MLA?

MLA (which refers to the Modern Language Association) is a citation style typically used for English and other related courses and disciplines. The purpose of any citation style is to make all the citations appear in the same format for readability and consistency.

"Why Cite Sources"

When you write a paper or create a presentation, citations show where you got your information and

  • show your sources are reliable and up to date
  • help your reader find more information
  • give credit to the creator
  • help you avoid plagiarism

How to avoid plagiarism.

Use the resources below to help identify and avoid plagiarism.


Manuals for More MLA Help

For in-depth help, these MLA manuals are kept on reserve at the library’s service desk and can be used in the library. Student ID is required.