Overview of MLA Style
What is MLA Style?
What is referred to as MLA style is a collection of rules and
guidelines compiled by the Modern Language Association. It is designed
to help writers clearly and consistently document sources used in their
writing. First produced in 1951, the MLA Handbook is now in its 7th
edition, and it is the preferred style guide in many fields. In
particular, English and literature most often rely upon MLA style.
In the IVCC Stylebook, the guidelines described align with the official publication:
MLA Handbook, 8th ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2016.
As you explore the pages about this style, you will see these terms used. This is a quick glossary.
The Works Cited is an alphabetized list of
all of the sources you used. With each source, you list the information
a person would need to get that source. Click here for more information.
In-text citations tell the reader,
directly after the use of a source, where the material came from.
They most often appear in parentheses at the end of the sentence in
which the source was used. Sometimes in-text citations are referred to
as "parenthetical citations." Click here for more information.
A quotation is a passage of language
copied directly by the writer from another source. It is enclosed in
quotation marks and cited with an in-text citation.
A paraphrase is a passage of language in
the writer's own words that expresses an idea from another source. It is
not enclosed in quotation marks, but it is cited with an in-text