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Literature: Citing

Use Refworks to Cite

Refworks: A citation manager that lets you import, export, and create citations. 

MLA Resources

A collection of links to help you with MLA. 

MLA Games and Tests

A collection of games and tests online to help you assess your knowledge of citing and plagiarism. 

Citing in MLA

MLA is often used in courses in the humanities. The most current version of MLA is outlined in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 9th Edition. 

You cite sources to avoid plagiarism. Provide enough information when you cite so that your reader can find each source you used. This way, your information is verifiable. 

You have to provide a parenthetical in-text citation that points to the information you used, and a bibliographic citation at the end that gives information to find your source.

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What information do I need to cite sources in MLA?

To cite, you need the following information when applicable and available.

Author last name/s or organziational author name Author first name/s
URL or DOI Year of publication
Article, section, or chapter title Journal, book, website, report, or other title
Volume and issue number Publisher name and city for books
Edition Editor name/s
Translator name/s Page numbers when citing a part


Use KnightCite to get a formatted citation, or check Purdue OWL for help. 

Citation Managers

Citation managers let you organize, create, share, import, export, and manage bibliographic data and research content, including PDFs and links.

  • Refworks: Licensed by the University, TAMUCT students, faculty, and staff can sign up to create a free account.
  • Zotero: From the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Zotero's basic account is free. 
  • Mendeley: With a focus on academic social networking, Mendeley is a free to users. 
  • EndNote: A powerful citation and research software used by many advanced researchers. Student pricing is available on the EndNote webpage.  

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