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Citing Sources: MLA

Information and guidance for avoiding plagiarism. Links to online resources including citation generators and plagiarism checkers.

Getting Citations from Databases

Omnivore, Google Scholar and most library databases will provide citations for sources.

Search to find books and articles. Click CITE.  Select a Citation Style. Copy & paste or export. Proofread using the instructions on this guide.

Easily generate and copy a citation with the CITE button in Omnivore  



Getting Help

Librarians and Tutors are here to help you to cite your sources correctly and avoid plagiarism.

Library Databases, which are used to find articles, also provide tools to create citations. When looking at the document page, click cite to generate a citation in various styles. 

Always consult with your instructor if you need to double-check the citation against the official style guide.

MLA Style Basics

The MLA (Modern Language Association) style is generally used in the humanities - language, literature, history, philosophy.  As it is more concise and easier to use than some other style guides, it can be modified to fit nearly any field of study.

Get more help at the MLA Style Center

MLA Citation Resources

FEATURED: Citing a YouTube Video

Use the same basic guidelines for citing print sources. Include as much descriptive information as necessary. If the author’s name is the same as the uploader, only cite the author once. If the author is different from the uploader, cite the author’s name before the title.

McGonigal, Jane. “Gaming and Productivity.” YouTube, uploaded by Big Think, 3 July 2012,

“8 Hot Dog Gadgets put to the Test.” YouTube, uploaded by Crazy Russian Hacker, 6 June 2016,

Quick Guide 8th edition

MLA Style 8th edition: Citation Quick Guide


Works Cited Page
Put your list of works cited on a separate page at the end of your paper.
The title Works Cited should be centered at the top; do NOT italicize, put in BOLD or use quotation marks.
Meet with a Writing Tutor for more assistance on format and style.


A Book by one or two Authors

Basic format:

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.


Sackett, Lou, and David Haynes. American Regional Cuisines: Food Culture and Cooking. Pearson, 2012.


An Article in a Scholarly Journal from an Online Database

Basic format:

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal, Volume, Issue Number, Year, pages. Name of Database, doi or url. Accessed date.


Driver, Elizabeth. "Cookbooks as Primary Sources for Writing History: a Bibliographer's View." Food, Culture & Society, vol. 12, no. 3, 2009, pp. 257-274. General OneFile, doi:10.2752/175174409X431987. Accessed 3 May 2016.


In-Text Citations

Parenthetical Citation: Put a reference to the work cited in parentheses after a quote or paraphrase. The in-text citation appears at the end of the sentence and before the period.

Author-page style: put the author's last name and the page number(s) in the text and a complete reference on your Works Cited page. The author's name may be in the sentence or in parentheses; the page number(s) must be in the parentheses.

Basic Format: “Quote” or paraphrase (Author’s last name page #).

Example:  “Cookbooks are tangible, printed records that illuminate many aspects of the past; however, to interpret accurately what they tell us about their time, I believe that it is important to keep the books themselves at the center of the story“ (Driver 258).

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