MLA 9th Style Guide: What is MLA?

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This guide is designed to help you understand the MLA style rules. To jump directly to citation examples, click "Work Cited Page Citation Examples" on the left.

All materials posted in this online guide are for MLA 9th, the most recent edition. To see the guide for the previous version, MLA 8th, click on the link at the bottom of this box.

If you are unsure about which edition you should use, please check with your professor.

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What is MLA? What does MLA style mean?

MLA (short for Modern Language Association) is a particular style or format (a set of rules, essentially) for structuring an essay or a research paper. The style helps your professor see exactly where you found the research that you add to the paper and lays out exactly how the paper should look (margins, titles, page numbers, etc.).

The guide is a joint effort by CSN Library Services and the Writing Center.

The guide is a joint effort by CSN Libraries and the CSN Writing Center.

Last updated January 2023.