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Cite your Sources: MLA Style

Resources to help you with your citations for essays and research papers

Finding Information on MLA Style Online

Finding Information on MLA Style in the Library

MLA Style in the Bedford Handbook

The Bedford Handbook includes information on writing in MLA Style. In the 9th edition of the Handbook, the MLA Style sections starts in Chapter 53. The Chapter number may vary depending on what edition you have. Included are documentation, style, paper format, and more. 

Be aware that the 9th Edition of the Handbook follows MLA Style 7th Edition. You should have received a supplement to the book for MLA Style 8th Edition.

Examples of Papers in MLA Style

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Citation examples using MLA Style

Below are examples of how to cite commonly used sources.


Format: Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.

Example: Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. Penguin, 1987.


Format: Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Magazine, Day Month Year, pages.

Example: Buchman, Dana. "A Special Education." Good Housekeeping, Mar. 2006, pp. 143-48.


Format: Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical, Day Month Year, pages.

Example: Brubaker, Bill. "New Health Center Targets County's Uninsured Patients." Washington Post, 24 May 2007, p. LZ01. 

Academic Journals

Format: Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal, vol., no., Day Month Year, pages. Database, URL or DOI.


McKinney, Lyle and Andrea Backsheider Burridge. "Helping or Hindering? The Effects of Loans on Community College Student Persistence." Research in Higher Education, vol. 56, no. 4, Jun 2015, pp. 299-324. ProQuest Research Library,

Nickel, Eleanor Hersey. "'But This is the South': Ambivalent Regionalism in Jan Karon's Mitford Novels." Studies in Popular Culture, Spring 2010, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 17-333. JSTOR,

MLA Style with NoodleTools

Select MLA Style for your project in NoodleTools for a properly formatted Works Cited page and in-text citations. Annotations and an annotated bibliography can be created with NoodleTools.

Vol State Tutoring & Writing Support

The Learning Commons is available for all Vol State students seeking tutoring assistance and more. They provide help with writing and citing, including:
  • Generating ideas and getting started
  • Creating your thesis, focus, and development
  • Improving your paper with organization and unity
  • Grammar, punctuation, and mechanics
  • Proofreading techniques
  • MLA, APA, AMA, and Chicago/Turabian documentation styles

Purpose of MLA Style Guide

Provide information about Vol State resources and free online resources available to help students with the basics of using MLA Style for their research papers and essays.