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Citation Help: APA & MLA

Properly cite and document sources for scholarly and personal research.

MLA Handbook, 8th Edition

  • Ask the MLA - Official answers to questions about MLA.
  • MLA Works Cited: A Quick Guide - Provides an introduction to MLA style and a practice template for creating entries for th works-cited list.
  • Sample Papers in MLA Style - Shows three examples of papers written in MLA style.

About MLA

Developed by the Modern Language Association, this handbook is most widely used for research papers in the humanities.

Citing sources in this style consists of two parts:

1.  In-text citations

2.  A works-cited list

See How to Format In-Text Citations and How to Format the Reference List in the Examples panels on the right side of the screen.  For additional examples and explanations, consult a librarian or a print manual at South Mountain Community Library on the second floor.

What's New in the MLA Eight Edition

Online MLA Handbook, 8th Edition

These links will take you away from the library Web site.

Examples. OWL Purdue

Print examples.  These links below will take you away from the library Web site.

Researching and Writing Help

Ask a Librarian

Everyone needs a little help sometimes.


You don't have to research alone.  Librarians are research experts.  They are available to help you with a research question, choosing an article and a book, citing sources, and other resources.
You can reach a South Mountain Community Library Librarian by:

Location of Tutoring and Writing Centers

Tutoring an Writing Centers South Mountain Community College's Writing and Learning (Tutoring) Centers are located in the Learning Resources Center (LRC).

The Writing Center

Contact by phone 602.305.5742 or website SMCC Writing Center.

Writing assistance are available by appointment or walk-in to help with generating ideas, drafting, grammar, revisions, citations, styles, and mechanics.

The Learning Resource Center

Contact by phone 602.243.8189 or website Tutoring and Learning Support Services

Professional tutors are available by appointment or walk-in to provide free tutoring to all current SMCC students.