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Citing Literary Works

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This guide shows how to cite works of literature - poetry, short stories, novels and plays.

Citing literature is similar to citing non-fiction sources that we normally use in research - articles, books, websites.  This guide focuses on special exceptions to consider with literature.  If you are looking for a general overview of MLA and how to cite common non-literary sources, see our general MLA page.

You can read this page to understand how to create citations for literary works, or click on these links for examples of citations for specific literary forms: