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MLA Citation Guide: Overview


Welcome to MLA 8th edition.

MLA 8 uses a set of core elements or "facts common to most works" listed in a specific order and applied to all formats.

This guide provides basic information about the core elements, along with a few examples of how to apply the MLA 8 core elements to specific sources. In many ways, MLA 8 simplifies the citation process.  However, it can be a challenge to understand and identify what information needs to go in which field.  An important guiding principle is to focus on what your reader needs to know to find the source.


Here is a PDF version of this online guide for you to download.

General Guidelines

• References are cited on a separate page at the end of the document

• Page should be titled:  Works  Cited and centered at the top of the page

• Entries are alphabetized by the first letter of the entry

• In-text citations are last name (or title in quotation marks if there is no author) and page number (if there is one)

• There can be more than one correct way to cite a specific source - focus on what your reader needs to know in order to find it


For help and guidance, here are some resources:

At Edmonds College

On the web