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Copyright: MLA

Citation Styles

MLA (named for the Modern Language Assocaition) style is used for the humanities like:

  • Art
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Literature

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

MLA Style Paper

Citation Websites

Style Guide Tutorials

MLA Annotated Bibliography

Creating an annotated bibliography in MLA style:

The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is kept in the Reference Collection on the First Floor (see above for Call Number).

This example is based on the MLA style guide, but your instructor might give you other formatting instructions

General guidelines

  • Some annotations are merely descriptive, summarizing the authors' qualifications, research methods, and arguments.  Your professor might also ask you to identify the authors' theoretical frameworks.
  • Many annotations evaluate the quality of scholarship in a book or article.  You might want to consider the logic of authors' arguments, and the quality of their evidence.  Your findings can be positive, negative, or mixed.
  • Your professor might also want you to explain why the source is relevant to your assignment.

Sample Page: MLA-formatted annotated bibliography:

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