MLA Citation Quick Guide

MLA is one of the most common citation styles used by students and academics. This quick guide explains how to cite sources according to the eighth (most recent) edition of the MLA Handbook.

MLA Citation

MLA Works Cited list

MLA citation examples

The list of Works Cited (also known as the bibliography or reference page) gives full details of every source you cited in your text. Each entry is built from nine core elements:

Author. “Title of the Source.” Title of the Container, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location. Following this format, you can create a citation for any type of source – for example, a book, journal article, website, or movie. You only include information that’s relevant to the type of source you’re citing.

Missing information in MLA citations

Regardless of the source type, the most important elements of any MLA citation are the author, the source title, and the publication date. If any of these are missing from the source, the Works Cited entry will look slightly different.

MLA in-text citations

MLA in-text citations are brief references that direct your reader to the full source entry. You include them every time you quote, block quote, paraphrase or summarize a source.

The in-text citation must match the first word of the Works Cited entry – usually the author’s last name. It also includes a page number or range to help the reader locate the relevant passage.

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An MLA citation has two components

In-text citation

Every time you quote or paraphrase a source, you cite the author and the page number in parentheses.

Works Cited

At the end of your paper, you give a full reference for every source you cited, alphabetized by the author’s last name.

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Can I download my sources to Word?

Yes, after creating your citations you can download your reference list to Word. Simply click on download > Microsoft Word (.docx) in the menu above your reference list.

To save you some time, the downloaded file is already set up in APA or MLA format, depending on which citation style you used.

What does a citation generator do?

A citation generator is an easy tool that helps you cite sources in a specific citation style.

You fill in the forms with information about a source, such as the author(s), title, and publication date. The tool then creates an accurate reference and in-text citation that you can use to give credit to the original author.

What should I do if information about my source is missing?

If information about a source is missing or unknown, and our explanatory tooltips (?) cannot help you, you can either check the ‘unknown’ checkbox (if available) or simply skip the input field.

The citation will still be generated with the information you have provided.

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What citation styles does the Seekrot Citation Generator support?

The Seekrot Citation Generator currently supports the following citation styles, and we’re working hard on supporting more styles in the future.

APA (6th edition and 7th edition)
MLA (8th edition)
Seekrot uses industry-standard citation styles from the Citation Styles Language project.

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