When you complete a paper or project, you will have a list of all the sources you used in your research. In MLA style, this list is called Works Cited.
Your Works Cited list goes at the end — on the back of your project board, at the end of your paper or job book, or on the last slide of your presentation.
Here's an example:
Every time you use a quotation, a piece of information, or an image from another source, cite the source right where you use it, whether it’s on your project board or in your paper, job book, or presentation.
In MLA style, use in-text citations with the author and page number in parentheses.
For short passages of 4 lines or less, use quotation marks at the beginning and end of the quotation. In MLA style, put the in-text citation at the end of the quotation, and then add a period (after the closing parenthesis). Here's an example:
For longer passages of more than 4 lines, use a block quote. In MLA style, a block quote is a separate paragraph, with all lines indented and double-spaced. Do not use quotation marks around a block quote. Put a period at the end of the quotation, and then add the in-text citation (after the period). Here's an example:
When you want to use someone else’s idea but put it in your own words, paraphrase or summarize. To paraphrase or summarize an idea, you need to condense or clarify that idea. It’s not enough to take someone else’s sentence and replace some of the words; you need to truly understand the idea and state it in a new way.
In MLA style, put the in-text citation at the end of your paraphrase or summary, and then add a period (after the closing parenthesis). Here's an example:
In MLA style, an image requires a caption with an in-text citation and an entry in Works Cited.
An image caption provides information about the image and an in-text citation for the source where you found the image. Give each image a figure number (Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc.).
If the image is a drawing, rendering, infographic, or other illustration, include:
If the image is a photograph of a building, include:
If the image is a photograph or reproduction of a work of art, include:
If you don’t see all of this information in the caption of the image or the text around it, look for a separate list of image credits. This list is often called List of Illustrations, Illustration Credits, Image Credits, or simply Credits. In books, it may be either at the beginning or at the end of the book.
At the end of the caption, insert an in-text citation citing the book, website or other source where you found the image. Here's an example:
In MLA style, lectures are cited like any other source with an in-text citation and an entry in Works Cited. Here's an example: