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Library: MLA & APA
Citations

Support from the OWL

OWL Logo and Link Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is great at explaining WHY we format the way we do. Click through for MLA or APA format dos and don'ts!

 

 

Citation Resources in the Library

Why Cite Sources?

Following MLA or APA format may feel like a hassle, but it's the best way to make sure all essays are uniform and easy to understand - regardless of where they were written and submitted

Using MLA or APA format as assigned by your instructor gives you the comfort of having a template to follow and the confidence of knowing your sources are accurately cited.

Support from NoodleTools

Noodle Tools Logo and Link If the OWL is good at explaining WHY, NoodleTools is good at demonstrating HOW to create citations. Register now to create perfect MLA or APA citations!

*For off-campus access to NoodleTools, use the username maine and the password library, or try NoodleTools Express to make citations without logging in.

Sample MLA Citations

Book

MLA Book: Author. Title (in italics).Publisher City: Publisher, Year. Medium.

 

Journal article (via Database)

MLA Journal via database: Author. Article Title (in quotes). Journal title (in italics) Volume.Issue (year): Pages. Database (in italics). Medium. View date.

 

Website

MLA Website Piece: Author. Title of work/section (in quotes). Title of site (in italics). Sponsor, Date. Medium. View date.

 

*There are lots more ways to cite almost any source you can think of - from interviews to government reports. Talk to a Librarian or use the links above to get started!

Support from the Writing Center

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If you find you're struggling to get the hang of formatting your essay, check in with LC staff. A Librarian can help you with citing sources via your "Works Cited" page. A visit with a Writing Tutor can help you with your "Works Cited," as well as in-text citations and formatting!

Sample APA Citations

Book

APA Book: Author. (Year). Title (in italics). Publisher City & State: Publisher.

 

Journal article (via Database)

APA journal via database: Author. (Year). Article title. Journal Title (in italics). Volume, Issue, Pages. DOI or URL to journal's homepage.

 

Website

APA Website section: Author. (Year). Section title. In Site title (in italics). Retrieved from Persistent URL.

 

*There are lots more ways to cite almost any source you can think of - from interviews to government reports. Talk to a Librarian or use the links above to get started!