Chapter 11: Basic Modern Language Association (MLA) Referencing Guide

Writing > MLA

Citation Styles: APA, Chicago/Turabian, IEEE, MLA

There exist different methods to cite resources for your paper. The citation style sometimes depends on the academic discipline involved. Check with your professor. For example:

  • APA (American Psychological Association) is used by Education, Psychology, and Sciences

  • Chicago/Turabian style is generally used by Business, History, and the Fine Arts

  • IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is used by Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Technology

  • MLA (Modern Language Association) style is used by the Humanities

MLA: Modern Language Association

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities (i.e., English courses!).

MLA style also provides writers with a system for referencing their sources:

  • through parenthetical citation in their essays, called “in-text citation”; and

  • a harmonized system for providing complete information about the sources that were cited in-text on “Works Cited” pages.

The sub-chapters to this chapter serve to provide information about both in-text citations and Works Cited pages. This guide tries to cover most of the situations that are covered by CEGEP students; however, there will be times when students run into a situation that isn’t covered here. In these cases, enter the letters “MLA” in the search field located at

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