Citation Help: MLA

MLA Style Guide



MLA Examples


The Core Elements (MLA Handbook, p. 20)

The MLA Handbook uses core elements as a guide for creating a citation. When you create your citation you should follow the order of the elements seen here. The punctuation you should use is also included. It is fine to skip an element if it is asking for information not relevant to your source.  

Valencia College has created some great examples of proper work cited and in-text citation formatting.

MLA recommends the use of URLs, but also allows for instructor discretion. Check with your instructor for instructions. 

 In general, MLA recommends the following:

  • Include the DOI instead of a URL if present. 
  • If there is no DOI, include the permanent URL or permalink. 
  • If there is no permanent URL, use whatever URL is present.
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