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4.12: MLA Documentation

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    MLA (Modern Language Association) is the standard citation method in arts and humanities courses: art, literature, drama, film, etc.

    MLA requires an in-text citation in the body of your paper and a Works Cited page at the end. MLA places value on the author name(s) and page number (whereas APA emphasizes author last name(s), date, and page number).

    Let’s say you’re writing a paper on Jane Austen’s depiction of the 19th century British middle class in Pride and Prejudice . Here is how this source would be cited in the body of the paper and on the Works Cited page:

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    Pride and Prejudice opens with one of the most famous first lines in all of literature: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” (Austen 3). Whether she is being sarcastic or serious, author Jane Austen introduces the novel’s central themes of social class and marriage in this single memorable line.

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    Works Cited

    Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice . Penguin, 2008.

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