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How To Cite References Using MLA Style

Examples of MLA Citation Style for use in Works Cited Lists.

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Welcome to the guide for Citing References Using MLA Style!

We hope that you will find this guide a useful starting place for information on style guidelines from the Modern Language Association (MLA). We have assembled a core collection of resources available through the Wayne State University Library System, as well as high quality, freely available web resources. This guide is a collaborative work-in-progress, developed with suggestions and feedback from students and faculty.

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