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ENG 380 Shakespeare's Loves: MLA Citation

Resources for your study of Shakespeare

MLA Style Center

Information about the 8th edition of the MLA Style Handbook can be found in the MLA Style Center, including A Quick Guide to Works Cited, and Ask the MLA

What is MLA?


MLA (Modern Language Association) style specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and using the English language in writing. MLA style also provides writers with a system for referencing their sources through parenthetical citation in their essays and Works Cited pages.

  • As with any citation stystem using it correctly protects the writer from accusations of plagiarism. Proper citation builds credibility to the paper by demonstrating accountability to source material.

    If you are asked to use MLA format, be sure to consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

Descriptions for Style Guide (MLA)
Seas, K., & Brizee, A. (2010, November 1, 2010). General format. Retrieved from

Futher information can be found on the Purdue OWL MLA Formating and Style Guide (8th ed.)

Resources to Avoid Plagarism

Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices

Purdue OWL: Avoiding Plagiarism

Citation Machines/Generators

EasyBib creates citations in either the 7th or 8th edition style. Enter the information (aka ISBN, URL...) for the Book, Journal etc. If EasyBid doesn't locate the material it will provide a template. Finish supplying the information for each field in the template to generate a citation. 
BibMe  (7th or 8th ed.)

KnightCite (8th ed.)

NOTE: it is good practice to double check citations provided with articles or generated by machines. Sometimes the citation machine will not italicize things that should be italicized or put words in ALL CAPS.