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MLA Style Guide for Citations (9th edition): Home

Introduction

New for 2021, the Modern Language Association has updated its guidelines for citing sources. The 9th edition of the MLA Handbook addresses the need to more easily site the growing number of formats of information sources and media that have emerged in the digital age. The new guidelines focus on a set of standards that can be applied to ANY source, rather than continuing to create rules dictated by the format of any given source.

Citation Template

Fill in the blanks of the template below to see which elements will make up the citation for you source. You may not fill every box on the template because not all sources will have all these elements as part of their bibliographic information. See the dropdown menu under Elements of a Citation to learn more.

Author.

 

Title of source.

 

Title of container,

 

Contributor,

 

Version,

 

Number,

 

Publisher,

 

Publication date,

 

Location.

 

 

Second level container (such as a database or collection)

Title of Container,

 

Contributor,

 

Version,

 

Number,

 

Publisher,

 

Publication date,

 

Location.

 

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MLA Handbook, 9th edition

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