MLA Guide

Citation makers


Use BOTH these guides to help you properly cite your sources. Remember- you have: 1.) a works cited page at the end of your paper with a long list of full citations 2.) a brief in-text citation in your paper after a quoted or paraphrased sentence from a specific source.

1.) MLA: Works Cited Guide

for the works cited page at the end of your paper

2.) MLA: In-Text citation guide

for your in-text citation in your paper


How do I format my paper?

MLA example paper

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    Blue boxes contain directions for writing and citing in MLA style.Green text boxes contain explanations of MLA style guidelines.

MLA resources


Different articles with the same title and no named author:
Use the title of the source, or abbreviated version of it, to make a distinction between the two documents:

The American Shorthair has no health problems associated with the breed (“American Shorthair”, PetMD) and has a long coat with soft fur (“American Shorthair”, Britannica).

Works Cited

“American Shorthair Cat.” Britannica School. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2012,

“American Shorthair Cat.” PetMD, 2015,

  • Same title?  Use Brackets around the first unique info.

(“American Shorthair Cat.” [Britannica School]).

If you’re using information from a single source more than once in succession (i.e., no other sources referred to in between), you can use a simplified in-text citation.


Cell biology is an area of science that focuses on the structure and function of cells (Smith 15). It revolves around the idea that the cell is a “fundamental unit of life” (17). Many important scientists have contributed to the evolution of cell biology. Mattias Jakob Schleiden and Theodor Schwann, for example, were scientists who formulated cell theory in 1838 (20).

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