MLA is the acronym for the Modern Language Association. MLA guidelines are used as a standard of documentation in academic writing to avoid plagiarism and give credit to the original author or creator of an idea. Other styles include APA and Chicago, but we don't use those here at SFUAD. MLA is widely used for writing in the humanities and pairs well with writing for the art's curriculum. MLA also offers guidelines for citing images, music, and film.

With the amount of information we have today, and the variety of forms it comes in, formatting and citing can feel complicated and overwhelming. Rest assured that you can and will be able to master it with the help of a few stellar resources:

This Guide: MLA Formatting and Citations

At the Library: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

In your Classroom: Your Professor

Online: Purdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide


The pages associated with this MLA Formatting and Citations guide have been informed by the following sources:

Hacker, Diana and Barbara Fister. Research and Documentation Online. 5th ed. "MLA Style: English and Other Humanities." Bedford / St. Martins, 2013. Web. 12 May 2014.

Purdue Online Writing Lab. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide." Purdue University, 2012. Web. 12 May 2014.

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