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Thesis Statements: 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

Citing Sources in MLA

How to Cite Sources in MLA

MLA Annotated Bibliography

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

  • 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.

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In-Text Citation in MLA

“A brief reference (consisting of the author’s last name and a page number), to a source within the body of a scholarly work that will be more fully described in the references section.”

Every cited reference must have a corresponding entry in the Works Cited list.