MLA citation style is the documentation and citation format of the Modern Language Association of America (MLA). Founded in 1883 and based in the United States, the MLA is a major advocate for the study and teaching of languages and literatures. The MLA is known for its support of the literary humanities, notably through: the MLA International Bibliography, an essential database for research in all aspects of modern languages and literatures; the MLA Directory of Periodicals, a continuously updated online listing of the journals indexed in the bibliography; and the MLA Handbook, now in its 8th edition, which is the essential source for MLA citation style.
MLA style is the preferred system for citing sources in scholarly writing for courses, papers, and publishing in the literary humanities—notably for English, but also for literary, language, and folklore topics based in other languages.
The UofS Department of English Requirements for Essays is based in MLA style, as detailed in the MLA Handbook.
The MLA Handbook, now in its 8th edition published in 2016, is available only in print. The Library has multiple copies in various locations. Please see the box on the right for availability.
There are print copies of the MLA Handbook 8th edition in the Murray Library and in the Education & Music Library. See the selection below:
This short video teaches how to create both in-text citations and works cited lists in accordance with MLA citation style, 8th ed. [YouTube video courtesy of McMaster University Library]