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MLA Style Overview: MLA 8

The purpose of this guide is to provide information and resources involving the Modern Language Association (MLA) style.

MLA 8 Style Guide

Remember, additional resources for MLA, including citation generators, are available at Owl at Purdue, KnightCite, and Easybib.


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MLA Online Resources

Research and Citation Guide

If you would like to find more options for online citation generators for MLA 8, check out our Citation and Research Management Guide.

Using Word

For help on creating a works cited page in Word, visit the Office Support website.

MLA 8 Sample Paper

For additional help in formatting your paper, check out this MLA 8 sample paper.

Annotated Bibliography

In an annotated bibliography, all of your citations and works cited follow the normal rules for the style guide your professor chooses (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian). The only thing you add is an annotation--your description of each source.

The annotation summarizes the source, and then includes your own evaluation of it. Annotations can be a few sentences, or a few paragraphs. Check with your professor to see what is required for your assignment.

For more information or ideas on how to write annotations, check out the article Annotated Bibliographies from, or visit OWL at Purdue to see an example.