MLA Style

The Modern Language Association (MLA) is involved with the study and teaching of language and literature. MLA documentation style is used in many research papers, especially in middle and high schools. Check your Write Source text for details.

Note: In April of 2009, the Modern Language Association released a seventh edition of the MLA Handbook, in which they made a few important changes to MLA documentation style. The most significant change are as follow:

  1. Underlining is no longer recommended to represent italics. Use italics instead.
  2. Within the list of works cited, all entries must be identified by medium: Print, Web, DVD, CD-ROM, PDF file, and so on. List the appropriate medium(s) at the end of each entry. In the case of a Web source, the date of access follows the word “Web.”
  3. Online sources no longer require a URL listing. (Exception: If the writer judges that a reader will be unable to locate the source otherwise, a URL may be included as previously.)
  4. All journal entries should list both volume and issue number, to aid in locating them once archived.