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PADM 6102: Quantitative Research for Public Administration: MLA Citation

Citing in MLA Style

This page will help you learn the basics of citing in MLA style. It includes interactive tutorials to teach you to cite.

On this page, you will find:

  • Links to the MLA Style Guide (left column)
  • Three interactive tutorials that allow you to locate the pieces of a citation for a book, article, and webpage (right column)
  • The format of three common MLA citations to help you cite your sources (right column)
  • Two interactive tutorials that teach you how to avoid plagiarism and follow rules of academic integrity (left column)

MLA Style Guide


MLA Formatting and Style
courtesy of OWL at Purdue


Interactive Citation Tutorials

How do I use this tutorial? Click each button below. Use the circles on the page to locate pieces of citation information, then try to create a citation with what you find. Check your answer when you are done!


Please note that not every article, book, and website will have all of the information in the exact same place, however, this is a good start to help you find citation elements. 

Want to see the answers again? Here are links to the animated answers: Article | Website | Book

Constructing a Citation

Here is how to format some of the most common types of citations in MLA Style.


Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): pages. Medium of publication. Date of access. Link.

Now you try! 


Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access. Link.

Now you try! 


Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.

Now you try! 


   Not the style you are looking for? APA Guide  | Chicago GuideAMA Guide | ACS Guide ASA GuideAPSA GuideCSE Guide

Rather use a citation generator?            KnightCite     |     NCSU Citation Builder

Want to learn about RefWorks Citation Software?  RefWorks Guide