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ENGL 198H: Honors Seminar (Douglass, Spring 2024): MLA Citation Style

What is a Citation?

A citation is the basic information that you need to find an article, book, or other resource.

Citations are a form of shorthand -- they look complicated because they cram a lot of information into just a few lines, but once you learn how to read them they begin to make sense.

An article citation will always tell you:

  • The author's name
  • The title of the article
  • The name of the magazine or journal in which it appears
  • The volume number of the magazine or journal (and sometimes the issue number)
  • The page numbers on which the article is located
  • The date when the article was published

A book citation will tell you:

  • The author's name
  • The title of the book
  • The publication date
  • The city in which the book was published
  • The book's publisher

MLA Citation Style

Some article databases will format citations for you in the cite, save, or email  options but be careful -- they are not always accurate.

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