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Reference Department: MLA Style Guide

LibGuide for the LIU Post Library Reference Department.

Why Cite Resources?

  • To acknowledge that others have influenced your work
  • Citing a work indicates that you have read the cited work
  • To support key ideas and arguments in your work
  • To place your work in the context of the field of study
  • To avoid accusations of plagiarism

APA Style

Resources for MLA Style


Modern Language Association (MLA) style for writing a research paper is used primarily in the humanities. The MLA Handbook is in paper format only and can be found at the Reference Desk in the library.  In the MLA Handbook you will find useful tips on how to correctly format your paper and how to cite the resources you used in your paper. Some example citations of MLA style can be found in the tabs above for various resources. There are also several print and online resources that outline the formatting and citation structure used in MLA style.  A few of these resources are listed below.


Eduardo Rivera
LIU Post
B. Davis Schwartz Library
Reference Department
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548