Tutorial On Making Citations In An MLA Format Research Paper


INCLUDING in-text citations as part of your essay

It is worth noting that there are a variety of different ways in which you can include in text citations. Ultimately, it might be that you need to use a citation for a variety of sources, and the precise nature of the citation will depend upon who the author was - if there that information is known. You should also be aware that citations might change depending upon what is being referred to, such as online sources or even the Bible. To ensure that you are including in text citations correctly according to the latest formatting requirements, it is a good idea to check the latest edition of the official MLA formatting guide.

UNDERSTANDING how to use quotations

Just as it can be differences in how you include citations depending upon who your was in a variety of other factors, the way in which you use quotations can differ according to the nature of the quotation itself. For example, long quotations will require slightly different formatting to short quotations, whilst it is also possible to adapt quotations by omitting words, or even adding words, when necessary. Again, to ensure that you are doing things correctly, it is advisable to refer to the latest guide.

END notes and footnotes

Endnotes and footnotes can be a great tool for including information that you do not necessarily want to include in the main text, including explanatory notes. When using endnotes and footnotes, you will generally have to number them correctly - so be sure to keep an eye out for accuracy when it comes to editing and proofreading at the end.

INCLUDING a works cited page

One of the important points to note when using MLA format is that you should have a works cited page. Essentially, in this section of your paper you will include details of any sources that you might have used and subsequently cited in the main text. For example, you might have cited in your main text something from one of the following variations of resources:

  • Periodicals
  • Books
  • Electronic sources
  • Other common sources

As you might expect, the works cited page will have its own section and will be located towards the end of your paper. Due to the fact that formatting guides can regularly be updated, especially to take account of changes relating to technology (such as online citations) it is always important to refer back to the latest edition of any guidelines for further information.