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    What is MLA?

    The Modern Language Association (MLA) is an organization responsible for developing the MLA format, often called the MLA style. MLA format was developed as a means for researchers, students, and scholars in the literature and language fields to use a uniform way to format their papers and assignments. This uniform or consistent, method to developing an MLA paper or assignment allows for easy reading. Today, MLA is not only used in literature and language subject areas; many others have adopted it as well.

    The Modern Language Association released the 8th and most current edition of their Handbook in April 2016. The Handbook provides thorough instructions on MLA format citing, as well as guidelines for submitting work that adheres to the Modern Language Association’s rules and standards. Although we’re not affiliated with the MLA, our citation specialists bring you this thoughtful and informative guide on the format. 

    MLA is typically used in humanities courses:

    • English Studies-Language and Literature
    • Foreign Language and Literatures
    • Literary Criticism
    • Comparative Literature
    • Cultural Studies
    The information on this page is credited to Easybib and the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.

    MLA and Office 365

    As a GC student, you have access to Microsoft Office 365 online through the Whitecaps Portal sign-in with your GC ID and password. 

    Once logged into Whitecaps, select Office 365, then select the Word app. 

    When Word online opens, you will see a variety of template choices, select the "MLA Style Paper Template". 

    The MLA Style Paper Template is ready to use, simply enter your information to get started. 

    Remember, MLA requires special headers. Click on the "INSERT" tab and then choose "HEADERS". 


    MLA (8th edition) Citation Format: Tutorial

    Access the MLA (8th Edition) Citation Format Tutorial.

    This tutorial was created by Carroll Community College was designed to assist in understanding MLA style.

    The tutorial covers parts of citation and punctuation, containers, comparison of the 7th and 8th editions, digital object identifiers (DOIs), permalinks, web documents, journal articles, images, in-text citations, and the MLA Practice Template. There will be a quiz at the end of the slides to test your knowledge of the MLA citation format.

    Video: How to Setup an MLA Format Essay 

    The video below, by Simple Tech Tutorials, is a tutorial on how to set up an MLA format essay (8th edition) in Microsoft Word 2016. 

    Video: Scribbr-The Basics of MLA In-text Citations

    In-text citations are often included if you're writing an academic paper, but they can get very confusing. In this video, you'll learn what to include in an MLA in-text citation, where to place it in a sentence, and how to deal with missing information.

    Style Guides and Other Resources

    The MLA Style Center 

    • The MLA Style Center is great for four using MLA Format. Learn how to document sources, set up your paper, and improve your writing. 

    Purdue Online Writing Center MLA General Format

    Purdue Online Writing Center MLA Sample Paper