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NOVA MLA Citation Style Guide   Tags: citation, mla  

This style guide will help you cite the most common types of materials required in research projects and papers. - Guide by Eliza Selander. Direct comments to
Last Updated: Dec 8, 2014 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Help with MLA Formatting & Citations


You can always ask a librarian for help, however the following websites may also be of use:

Plagiarism Resources

Don't Plagiarize

The following websites may help you better understand and avoid plagiarism.  Remember that there are serious consequences for plagiarizing.


Two Types of Citations in MLA

In-Text or Parenthetical Citations

In-text citations tell your professor which source you used at a specific point in the paper.
These citations also correspond to the full citation found in the "Works Cited" section at the end of your paper.
Here are four examples of in-text citations:

in text citation example 

Works Cited Citations

The "Works Cited" section includes full citations for all sources used in your paper.

MLA Work Cited example


Why and When to Cite

Plagiarism Has Consequences

Comic strip image - plagiarism has consequences

Types of Plagiarism

Image about self-plagiarismClick image for source.

Plagiarism may not seem like a "big deal," but there can be some severe and/or long lasting effects:

  • Failing grade (assignment and/or course)
  • Note on transcript for academic dishonesty
  • Loss of financial aid
  • Academic probation or expulsion
  • Limited career opportunities (can become a barrier to getting a job or can cause loss of employment)

There are many different types of plagiarism, including self-plagiarism.

You should cite a source if you reproduce, quote, paraphrase, or summarize ideas and/or media created by other individuals. When in doubt, cite!


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